Back to the Classics Challenge: The Giver

The Giver (The Giver, #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry

This is a good book (not great, but good). I think Lowry set-up the Sameness society incredibly well and offers the readers just enough before really digging in and slamming a couple surprises in your face. An excellent, quick read…especially if you want a taste of dystopian/speculative fiction (you know, before it got all dark & twisty like The Hunger Games or all lovey-dovey like Delirium).

But here’s my question: why would anyone ever try to ban this book? While I can see how some parents might be uncomfortable with nudity (one scene…a young boy bathes an older woman)…or perhaps they don’t like the idea of “releasing”…or they find choice something they don’t want their kids to know about yet? Bottom line, The Giver is about wanting the freedom to choose in a society that does not allow it and doesn’t even know it’s available…how is that ban-worthy?

I tend to think that any parent that has a problem with what their child is reading probably isn’t parenting…as in they aren’t the kind of parent that even read the book and DISCUSS it with their child. Ugh.

Quick challenge update: 

  1. A Banned Book (The Giver)
  2. A Book with a Wartime Setting (The Killer Angels)
  3. Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) Winner or Runner Up (The Age of Innocence)
  4. A Children’s/Young Adult Classic (The Secret Garden)
  5. 19th Century Classic
  6. 20th Century Classic
  7. A Book you think should be considered a 21st Century Classic (A Visit from the Goon Squad)
  8. Re-Read a book from your High School/College Classes

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