Jonas lives in a perfect society where emotions are non-existent, people are polite and respectful, and where all decisions made for them. After all, what would happen if they made a bad choice, like marrying the wrong person? In his 12th year, Jonas is assigned to become the Receiver of Memory, the only person in that society who feels pleasure and pain. Will this job be too much for Jonas?
I decided to read The Giver because it is #38 on Amazon’s list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. What a good decision! This book is insightful and moving. Because I’m a pretty calm person, emotionally speaking, I used to think it might be better for people to feel less emotional pain. I now see that without the pain, the joys would also be lessened (a total cliché, but sometimes they are clichés because they have truth in them). Thirty-eight more books to go!