I remember the english lessons as it was yesterday. Loud and clear I can hear and see Mrs Thiel standing in front of the 12th class, trying to wake up interest for this book in the tiny little brains (referring to english – more or less) of the bored and gazing human beings. I was one of a few pupils who liked the book.
What I kept in mind: Jonas, about 12 years (I think), lives with his parents and his sister (or was it a brother or a dog?) in a perfect (you could also say it is a strange) community. They don’t know crime, pain, disappointment or joy. But the Giver knows and it is time to choose a heir for all his knowledge and wisdom.
How would it be to read the book without the „must do it“ – feeling and the teacher saying: „F, summarize chapter one in two sentences!“, or asking „F, how would you characterize Jonas, why do you think he is the main character? Why is the book a novel, explain.“
Stay tuned and expect the unexpected experiences of F rereading Lois Lowry’s „The Giver“. Coming to Bücherknabbern soon.