Saturday, December 6, 2008

A Window Into a Closed Community

Thank you Janssen, for recommending this reading treat.

This week has been another "Education Outside The Classroom" (EOTC) week, and I led an elective titled "Be Bamboozled by Bs" - consisting of B-activities each day. Bargain-hunting, book-loving, barbeques, butterfly-watching, bowling and boardgames.

On day one I took my 16 B-lovers to the public library. Since I was to be spending a considerable amount of time in the childrens' and young adults' sections, I set about finally chasing up some of the titles Janssen has recommended.

I found The Giver (Lois Lowry), and finished it that very night.

What I loved about this book

I won't delve too much into this tale's fabric, because if you haven't read it, it will be better enjoyed if you uncover the narrative on your own, page by page.
  • I love the way this felt like The Village (2004) meet Ender's Game (1985), perhaps with a dash of Speaker for the Dead (1986). I love when an author can simultaneously cause me to feel like an outsider and invite me to explore the world I'm excluded from (it's why I love science fiction so much). The world of The Giver is accessible and foreign all at once.
  • I love the questions this text raises, and the way it caused me to think about the way I live my own life.
  • I love the protagonist; Jonas is intriguing, and at times unpredictable.
  • I love that the narrative moves quickly. Thank you.
The Giver would make an excellent novel study for Year 9s.

For those who have read it, please...let us discuss the conclusion.

P.S. Sherry, The Book Thief was all out and had too many holds. I have not ignored your persistence (nor your second witness Janssen).
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