Friday, December 9, 2011

The Giver

When I was in grade school, I got attached to one particular book that my English teacher made us read for our class. Lois Lowry's "The Giver" stuck out like a sore thumb against all the other novels that we were made (or forced) to read. Even after the lesson was over and the reports were made, I read the entire book several times after. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book, including a photo I took in Taguig, which seemed very fitting to the moral of the plot.


"But when he looked out across the crowd, the sea of faces, the thing happened again. The thing that had happened with the apple. They changed. He blinked, and it was gone. His shoulder straightened slightly. Briefly he felt a tiny sliver of sureness for the first time." Chapter 8, pg. 64

"He wondered what lay in the far distance where he had never gone. The land didn't end beyond those nearby community. Were there hills Elsewhere? Were there vast wind-torn areas like the place he had seen in memory, the place where the elephants died?" Chapter 13, pg. 106

"Things could change, Gabe. Things could be different. I don't know how, but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors. And grandparents. And everybody would have memories. You know about memories." Chapter 16, pg. 128

"Memories are forever." Chapter 18, pg. 144

If he had stayed in the community, he would not be. It was as simple as that. Once he had yearned for choice. Then, when he has had a choice, he had made the wrong one: the choice to leave. And now he was starving." Chapter 22, pg. 174


If these lines spiced your interest to read the book, do so! Though the book is considered a book for teenagers and children, the confusion that revolves around the characters' lives and the lessons one may learn, give the book justice enough to be read by adults. :)




Currently pledged myself to a sabbatical away from certain things, work none the less but that aspect will have to  experience some delay....