Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry - an amazing book, very Orson Scott Card in style. There's a current movie of it, too, which I haven't seen yet. 
 
The book's dystopian setting is very orderly and very restrained. Nobody gets angry, families talk about their feelings at dinnertime and receive acknowledgement, praise or comfort, as needed. I know it's supposed to be inhuman, but do you know what? I found it soothing. Imagine a family that doesn't yell, children that don't squabble, a spouse who actually listens as you tell them about your day. Dystopia or utopia? A fine line there.


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