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The Giver

by Once

Rosemary requested release, and the memories returned to the people. . .

Hmmm.

So I wonder what exactly is going through Jonas’s mind, knowing that.

No spoilers. Still reading. Good story.

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Atintofgreen 4/5/2019 - 4:30 pm

What do you mean? The enlightenment of the people through pain? Revenge?

Once 4/5/2019 - 6:02 pm

Yeah. Thinking ahead, I’m wondering if he’ll release himself once his training is complete and return the memories to the people. Wouldn’t that be fun. No spoilers, please!

Atintofgreen 4/5/2019 - 6:24 pm

Haha I would never! When you say release himself do you mean end his own life?

spookichick 4/6/2019 - 1:01 pm

pam watching the film version of the book as we speak. it is compelling thus far. i’m sure the book was even better!

Once 4/6/2019 - 6:31 pm

I really enjoyed it. Very bizarre story line, and I liked the choice I was given at the end. A story about not being able to choose, ends with an opportunity for the reader to choose an ending.

Atintofgreen 4/7/2019 - 1:03 am

Do you ever have a strange feeling when you get to the end of a book?

Once 4/7/2019 - 10:51 am

Not that I remember, other than simply liking or disliking it. I know you said this book had an unusual effect on you. Is that what you mean?

Atintofgreen 4/7/2019 - 8:27 pm

I wouldn’t call it an unusual effect.The peculiar thing would be why a psychologist would gift that book to someone. I think sometimes it’s hard to measure the change in our way of thinking. The book helps me remember the perspective I had a decade ago. When you see a good movie or a good series, does the conclusion not make you feel empty?

Once 4/7/2019 - 11:41 pm

Well, yes, there have been movies and maybe a few books that left me feeling as though I’d personally experienced a loss, of sorts. An emptiness, because I became so involved in the story, and suddenly, it ended.

Atintofgreen 4/8/2019 - 12:01 am

Yes! That’s the feeling I’m talking about. I’m glad you liked the book 🙂

Once 4/5/2019 - 7:35 pm

I was thinking that a few chapters ago, but now I’m not sure, it looks like he’s just planning on leaving, and I’m not getting the suicide vibe now.

Atintofgreen 4/5/2019 - 7:42 pm

Weren’t rules tweekd after Rosemary’s release?

Once 4/5/2019 - 10:13 pm

Are you testing me?

Atintofgreen 4/5/2019 - 10:37 pm

Haha no, although it came out as an interrogation session now that I look at it.

Once 4/5/2019 - 10:21 pm

I don’t know. I just found out who she was. (Who her father was.) 🙂

Atintofgreen 4/5/2019 - 10:51 pm

^That piece made my heart sink.
It’s been a couple of years since I read the book again. You are helping me refresh my memory, hence the interrogation.
🙂

Once 4/5/2019 - 11:10 pm

Lol. Nothing good with a thorough interrogation, just don’t beat me with a rubber hose.

Atintofgreen 4/5/2019 - 11:47 pm

(Hides rubber hose)

Atintofgreen 4/5/2019 - 11:47 pm

Just teasing

Once 4/6/2019 - 12:28 am

Chuckle!

Once 4/5/2019 - 11:10 pm

*wrong, (not good)

Once 4/5/2019 - 11:11 pm

Yes, I was also surprised to discover who her dad was.

Once 4/6/2019 - 12:24 am

Well. Just finished the book. Not at all the ending I expected, but it was pretty good. Really good. I was starting to feel so bad for Gabriel, but the final descent down the hill to the home from his memory. . . pretty cool.

Once 4/6/2019 - 12:28 am

I wish there was some clue as to where this took place. . . but maybe that’s what made it interesting. It’s just a story without a place, in a world of carefully ordered structure, where everyone is oblivious to the possibilities of choice.

heartlessviking 4/8/2019 - 2:15 am

There are other books in the series too, equally enthralling but in a different way. It’s interesting to think about different society structures, maybe people would be kinder, maybe crueler. I had a weird English teacher that was obsessed with alternate cultures, and the Giver got me hooked on post apocolyptic fiction.

Once 4/8/2019 - 12:40 pm

Yeah, I see there is a “Giver quartet”. Might read another one at some point. Post apocalyptic fiction can be mesmerizing, “The Road” Cormac McCarthy, is crushingly good. There’s a series of books that begins with “Life as we knew it” that details life on earth following an asteroid strike that shifts the moons orbit, wreaking havoc here. Very fun, in a gloomy way. Only made it through one, though – a little too much gloom.

Once 4/8/2019 - 12:42 pm

And, of course, Nevil Shutes classic “On the beach.” Loved that one.

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