Book group reads ‘The Giver’

Book group reads ‘The Giver’ The third Thursday book group will be discussing “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry at its August meeting at 6:30 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco County Library. The group meets monthly upstairs in the magazine corner to discuss a different book. "It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened." Thus opens this novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life. December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each 12-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man — the man called only the Giver — he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world. Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling it questions every value we have taken for granted and re-examines our most deeply held beliefs. The movie based on this book comes out Aug. 15. If it plays here in The Dalles, several from the book group plan to attend. It will be interesting comparing the movie to the book. The book for September will be “Blink: the power of thinking without thinking,” by Malcolm Gladwell. Copies of these books (as well as audio recordings) are widely available in the Sage Library System. All readers are welcome, even if they haven’t finished the book.

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