The BEST 3rd Episode Ever : "The Giver"
Updated: Jun 9, 2020
Let me give you a gift... the FIRST EVER blog from Holly :P Ok... that's really not a gift... sorry for misleading you... I'm doing a great job at the blog thing. It's totally right up my alley, just like picking up my dog's poop when we are at the park. I think I'll stick to podcasting, and you will only be exposed to my eclectic writing skills every other month.
In the Best Third Episode Ever, we discuss The Giver by Lois Lowry. The book was published in 1993, and a movie starring Jeff Bridges was released in 2014. If you want my opinion (like it or not, you're getting it), don't waste your time with the movie.
This literary work is about a world where all the citizens have basically everything chosen for them. The precision of language is of utmost importance to maintain the facade that all humans are the same. Jonas, a 12-year-old boy, is chosen to become the receiver of memories for the whole town. Jonas soon learns what color, stirrings, and even death is like from the memories he is given from the Giver.
We take a deeper dive into this "utopian" society and ways our world could be headed for sameness. We also discuss the pros and cons of living in a world that pushes one to be uniform instead of unique. As for me, I love being unique. You will soon pick up the fact that I have VERY unique ways of spelling... just one of my not so hidden talents.
Favorite quotes from the book
“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
“I feel sorry for anyone who is in a place where he feels strange and stupid.”
“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”
“If everything's the same, then there aren't any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things!”