The Giver is a book I have loved since elementary school. Something about it’s message has stuck with me since that first reading and since then this has been my all time favorite book.
The Giver by Lois Lowry is a dystopian classic that centers around the idea of living in a world where your environment is completely controlled and your freedom of choice is completely taken away from you. In this world there is no color, you cannot lie, and you must have precision of language. It is the ultimate show of how order can be taken to an extreme and how meaningless life would be if you couldn’t choose a path of your own.
Most of all what resonates inside me when I read this novel is how important our emotion is. We need emotion, all emotion. We need to feel in order have compassion. We need to celebrate and we need to mourn. We need connection and happiness. Without emotion and free choice life quite literally would be colorless and mostly pointless. To live a life in coldness is to turn away from what makes us human and The Giver was the catalyst to teach me these things as a young kid.
Every year I reread this book to remind myself of the values that I find important. To remember the beauty of compassion. However, most importantly, to relive the innocence of my thoughts when I first read this story. Young me was appalled at memories of war and pain. However, young me also understood that understanding and empathy for how others feel when they loose someone is important and necessary. Reading this book always made me want to be a little bit kinder everyday.
I love The Giver and I hope to read this book once a year for the rest of my days.
Thanks for reading! What book do you reread often?
-Till next time!