Monday, May 29, 2006

Reader's Diary #98- Lois Lowry: The Giver (up to Ch. 17)

I haven't finished this book yet, but when I do maybe I'll understand why this book has been banned so often. So far, I'm not seeing any "evil messages". There was one line that I felt was a bit preachy (i.e., " he understood the joy of being an individual, special and unique and proud.") but even that is a good message, isn't it? Are we banning books that promote individuality now? How lame. I linked to a bizarre (and completely moronic) site the other day that called the book "an antichrist novel". Maybe I'm naive to think that these wingnuts aren't the ones responsible for getting this book so much bad press. But if they're not, who is? It's a fine book and would be a great addition to a classroom, I would think.

I'm completely engrossed by this novel. Both the storyline (I can't wait to find out what happens to Gabriel now that Jonas is passing on his memories to him) and philosophical points have me enthralled. It's one of the better books I've read in a long time. Young adult or not.

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