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Den utvalde (1993)

av Lois Lowry

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Serier: The Giver Quartet (1)

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Jonas lever i ett samhälle utan konflikter, fattigdom, arbetslöshet eller skilsmässor. En värld där allt fungerar och ingen är missnöjd. Men Jonas är spänd. Spänd inför den årliga ceremonin då samhällets alla tolvåringar ska säga adjö till sin barndom och tilldelas en livsuppgift. I år är det hans tur. Under ceremonin väljs Jonas ut att bli samhällets nya minnesbevarare. Han får gå i lära hos den gamla minnesbevararen, en man som han kallar Givaren. Ju mer tid Givaren och Jonas tillbringar tillsammans, desto mer övertygad blir Jonas om att något är fel, alldeles fasansfullt fel. Han börjar allt tydligare förstå vilka mörka hemligheter som döljs bakom den perfekta fasaden. Suggestivt gastkramande berättelse om ett på ytan perfekt samhälle. Den utvalde är första delen i en serie om fyra titlar av prisad författare. Lois Lowry är född 1937 på Hawaii. Hon har skrivit mer än trettio böcker för barn och unga och har i sitt hemland USA belönats med många litterära priser. 1993 fick hon ta emot The Newbery Medal för sin bok Den utvalde. Hon har även varit nominerad till Alma-priset. [Elib]… (mer)
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: In these riveting, suspenseful and thought-provoking dystopian novels, 12-year-old boys learn from inspirational figures about the true nature of their repressive societies: Jonas, from the elderly Giver; Luke, from another hidden -- albeit, more privileged and knowledgeable -- "third child."… (mer)
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Still holds up!
  Going_To_Maine | Nov 28, 2020 |
This book is a staple of a middle school english classroom. The story was not necessarily a super unique one but brought an interesting twist on the importance of history and being unique. This book would probably be difficult to understand for elementary school students. ( )
  madelynberger | Nov 23, 2020 |
I finally read The Giver! And I'm SO glad I finally did! What a great little book. It is definitely enjoyable for kids and adults alike. This is sort of like the father of dystopia, and you can see why. (No, it is not really the "father," but is oft referred to as such in quick conversations. :)). It does SUCH a good job the whole "dystopian thing" without adding any weight at all... No unnecessary explanations weighing down the essence of the story.

I just.. I don't want to say anything about the plot because it's so nice discovering it in the book. Just, I would say, read it. I loved it.

FIVE of five stars. ( )
  avanders | Nov 23, 2020 |
I had never heard of this book or the author before my son came home from school with a permission slip for me to sign. The book had some "sensitive subject matter"in it (as far as the school is concerned) so they asked for parental permission before assigning the kids to read it. I looked up a blurb on the book, read a little about it, and listened to the first couple of chapters of the audiobook. I signed the slip. I would have signed it no matter what the content of the book. But I would have carefully read it and had discussions with my son about the book if it had sexual or other situations I thought warranted some parental involvement. I didn't feel the book warranted Mom-mode, but the little bit that I read did pique my curiousity. I spent today doing some heavy cleaning and packing up items to donate to local charity and I needed something to listen to while I worked. I remembered I still had the audiobook loaded on my phone. The unabridged audiobook is only 4 1/2 hours long....perfect companion for a day of housework.

The basics: Jonas is nearing his 12th birthday. When kids in his community turn 12, they get assigned their jobs in life. Everything changes....they start training for their vocation, there is less time for play with their former classmates, and they are on the track to adulthood. It's an important milestone. More important than their naming ceremony the first year, the year where they lose their comfort item they've slept with since infancy, the 9th year when kids get their first bicycle......all of the other milestones pale in comparison to Twelve. Jonas is nervous. What if he gets wrongly assigned to a job he won't like? He's excited, but a bit scared too. He hopes that whatever he get assigned that he will perform well and not make mistakes.People who can't follow the rules or make mistakes can get corrected...but sometimes they are released. Old people are released. Sickly infants are released. They leave the community to go Elsewhere and are never seen again. Jonas really doesn't wonder much about Elsewhere. He's sure they are happy and productive there. Jonas has no clue what his Twelfth year will mean for him....it will change his entire life.

I'm not going to give away any spoilers. But, I do understand why the school asked permission for sixth graders to read this book. It's not bad....nothing sexual or completely over the top....just some deep subjects that do require a bit of discussion. My son isn't quite to the part where I know he is going to have some questions -- or want to rant a bit. But I did let him know I've read the whole thing, and I'm ready for when he gets to certain parts. The plot isn't anything new......it's been discussed in many books before. But it does add some new elements to the story. When is it ok to control choices and limit decisions, experiences......and what happens when it goes too far? When does trying to prevent injury, pain and harsh life experiences become so total that other parts of what it means to be human also disappear? Things like love, the value of life, and individuality. Very interesting concepts....and the iffy portions of the subject matter are not graphic or over dramatized. The book is well-written...and chilling. I'm glad my sixth grader is reading it....and I look forward to discussing the book with him as he gets a bit further in the story.

The audiobook I listened to (enguin Random House Audio Publishing) is just a bit under 5 hours long. Ron Rifkin narrates. He reads at a good pace and is easily understandable. I have hearing loss, but was easily able to hear and understand him. The recording quality is excellent.

The Giver is part of a 4-book series. I'm definitely going to read the rest of the series!

To find out more about the author and her other books, check out her website: http://www.loislowry.com/

The Giver is listed as part of The Great American Read. Since I read it recently, I'm counting it as already read. I can see why it made the list, although my son did not enjoy reading this book for school at all. I read portions of the book along with him, and then listened to the audiobook as well. Interesting concept, but I can see why a 6th grade boy just wouldn't be too into the story. And I also see why the school sent home a permission slip before starting this book. Counting this as the second book I've read from The Great American Read....trying to read all 100 books! ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
I had never heard of this book (or the author) before my son came home from school with a permission slip for me to sign. The book has some "sensitive subject matter" in it (as far as the school is concerned) so they asked for parental permission before assigning the kids to read it. I looked up a blurb on the book, read a little about it, and listened to the first couple of chapters of the audiobook before I signed the slip. I would have signed it no matter what the content of the book. But I would have carefully read it so I could discuss it with my son if the story had sexual or other situations I thought warranted some parental involvement. I didn't feel the book warranted Mom-mode, but the little bit that I read did pique my curiousity. I spent today doing some heavy cleaning and packing up items to donate to local charity and I needed something to listen to while I worked. I remembered I still had the audiobook loaded on my phone. The unabridged audiobook is only 4 1/2 hours long....perfect companion for a day of housework.

The basics: Jonas is nearing his 12th birthday. When kids in his community turn 12, they get assigned their jobs in life. Everything changes....they start training for their vocation, there is less time for play with their former classmates, and they are on the track to adulthood. It's an important milestone. More important than their naming ceremony the first year, or the year when they lose their comfort item they've slept with since infancy, or even the 9th year when kids get their first bicycle. All of the other milestones pale in comparison to Twelve. Jonas is nervous. What if he gets wrongly assigned to a job he won't like? He's excited, but a bit scared too. He hopes that whatever he gets assigned that he will perform well and not make mistakes.People who can't follow the rules or make mistakes get corrected, and sometimes, if they mess up badly enough, they are released. Old people are released. Sickly infants are released. They leave the community to go Elsewhere and are never seen again. Jonas really doesn't wonder much about Elsewhere. He's sure they are happy and productive there. Jonas has no clue what his Twelfth year will mean for him....it will change his entire life.

I'm not going to give away any spoilers. But, I do understand why the school asked permission for sixth graders to read this book. It's not bad....nothing sexual or completely over the top....just some deep subjects that do require a bit of discussion. My son isn't quite to the part where I know he is going to have some questions -- or want to rant a bit. But I did let him know I've read the whole thing, and I'm ready for when he gets to certain parts. The plot isn't anything new......it's been discussed in many books before. But it does add some new elements to the story. When is it ok to control choices and limit decisions, experiences......and what happens when it goes too far? When does trying to prevent injury, pain and harsh life experiences become so total that other parts of what it means to be human also disappear? Things like love, the value of life, and individuality. Very interesting concepts....and the iffy portions of the subject matter are not graphic or over dramatized. The book is well-written...and chilling. I'm glad my sixth grader is reading it....and I look forward to discussing the book with him as he gets a bit further in the story.

The audiobook I listened to (Penguin Random House Audio Publishing) is just a bit under 5 hours long. Ron Rifkin narrates. He reads at a good pace and is easily understandable. I have hearing loss, but was easily able to hear and understand him. The recording quality is excellent.

The Giver is part of a 4-book series. I'm definitely going to read the rest of the series!

**Added 6/3/18 - The Giver is included in the list of 100 books for The Great American Read. The list of books is available here: http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books/#/ Because I read this book within the last year, I'm not going to re-read it as part of The Great American Read. Counting it as #2 in my quest to read the books on the list. :) I enjoyed reading this book with my son. It gave us some great conversation. I think my son will grow into a very, very good man. And as a Mom, that gives me peace. **

To find out more about the author and her other books, check out her website: http://www.loislowry.com/ ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
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His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness- and promised answers- he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: "Do you lie?" But he had no way of knowing if the answer he received were true.
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Jonas lever i ett samhälle utan konflikter, fattigdom, arbetslöshet eller skilsmässor. En värld där allt fungerar och ingen är missnöjd. Men Jonas är spänd. Spänd inför den årliga ceremonin då samhällets alla tolvåringar ska säga adjö till sin barndom och tilldelas en livsuppgift. I år är det hans tur. Under ceremonin väljs Jonas ut att bli samhällets nya minnesbevarare. Han får gå i lära hos den gamla minnesbevararen, en man som han kallar Givaren. Ju mer tid Givaren och Jonas tillbringar tillsammans, desto mer övertygad blir Jonas om att något är fel, alldeles fasansfullt fel. Han börjar allt tydligare förstå vilka mörka hemligheter som döljs bakom den perfekta fasaden. Suggestivt gastkramande berättelse om ett på ytan perfekt samhälle. Den utvalde är första delen i en serie om fyra titlar av prisad författare. Lois Lowry är född 1937 på Hawaii. Hon har skrivit mer än trettio böcker för barn och unga och har i sitt hemland USA belönats med många litterära priser. 1993 fick hon ta emot The Newbery Medal för sin bok Den utvalde. Hon har även varit nominerad till Alma-priset. [Elib]

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