“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.” ― The Giver, Lois Lowry

I have to say that I love this book and all the deep interpretations that we can give to it. Not only to what the author explains but to what she implies without saying any explicit words.

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What makes us individuals? Or why is individualism a threat to the government and to mind control? In a world where birthdays do not exist, where you cannot make your own decisions, where you are watched and controlled for the sake of stability and utopia. Is this living? is this life? To protect everybody from all the struggles of life will never work out. They protect the people from making mistakes. They don’t have the option to choose, everything is given and they do not know better.

What is oppression? If you do not know what you are missing… is that still oppression? Living in ignorance is that safe or just blindness? In this book, Lowry shows how the government controls society to the very core of it. Sex, carriers, climate, dangers, dreams, and lies, all is under their control. They are in power, the people only exist but they do not live. The allusions and archetypes used in “The Giver” are just amazing. How the first thing that Jonas starts to see is the apple, the red apple. The original sin, the knowledge… a complete biblical allusion and the foreshadowing of the destruction of this “paradise”. The fact that they see it all in black and white is another symbol of how they are lost and are unable to see the world as it is.

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The way Lowry depicts Jonas and the Giver as rebels flew me away, and rebels are usually the ones who think, know, and the ones who can see a different future and hope for the best for the people.

Regarding the characters, we see the archetype of the hero, Jonas, and the archetype of the journey. He goes from a process of stating to knowing and realizing. We embark on a journey of self-discovery to save his brother and the people in town, and he reaches the point of boing back fast to where he knows he will be safe and he accomplishes his motion to save the town. The Giver is just the wise old man, the one that helps the hero on his journey, the universal symbol of knowledge and wisdom. He is even surrounded by books, and books have always been a danger for totalitarian governments.

I totally recommend this book, for everybody from kids to adults. It is such a good text for a mythological approach. These kinds of books are the ones that make you think and the ones that try to make a difference. Perfection does not exist, and humans should never aim toward that. This reading is worth the time to read it as many times as possible.

Check also the audiobook. The performance is just superb!!

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  1. theprivacyadvocate Avatar

    That is a nice description. Putting that one on the definite reading list. Thank you!

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar
      Satou Johns

      Sure thing! Thanks for reading. It is one of my favorite books, and it is outstanding. There is even a movie which is not that bad. I like it a lot too 🙂


  2. Anastasia Avatar

    The Giver is such a fantastic book! 🙂 The concept of it was so unique. I also liked the other books in the Giver Quartet, although first book was the best.

    I’m so jealous of these beautiful photos you take TT__TT

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      I loved the book! I watched the movie first, then the book and it was so short T_T Jonas is such a good character for a 12 year old kid. One of the things that I liked the most of the book were all the symbols (I think I mentioned that haha)

      With the other books, Gathering Blue, I am missing the other ones, were good and a bit “saddening”. I wanted to know more about Jonas. However, I almost died on Gathering Blue for the reference of Jonas ❤

      Awww thank you very much!! ❤ We have put so much effort and money on the pictures! I am learning on how to do candles (2 of those we did them :3) I will be uploading some more pictures on Instagram ❤ Thank you for you comments ❤

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      1. Anastasia Avatar

        I really liked how first everything was black and white in the movie and then BAM the colors. It was well-put together. I liked the depth of the book as well.

        Haha, oh you’re killing me 😀 I’ll turn green with envy soon…I want to take prettier pictures, however, then I always prioritize something else and then when I finally remember, I kind of end up taking these mediocre pictures. Anyways, whoa! making candles sounds great! 🙂 & looking forward to seeing some new pictures!

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  3. Satou Johns Avatar

    I just checked out your IG and I like your pictures 😀 don’t say “mediocre” they are really good! I like the colors and the places on your IG :3 (I want a few of those books that you have)

    I like that it is a children’s book. Starting soon will take them far, or so I think. I would like to read it to the children that I will be taking care of soon.


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