The Giver, Chapters 9 and 10
Book: The Giver, By Lois Lowry
Posted by: Lucy Knisley
Jonas has received his assignment as the new “Receiver of Memory” within the community. This singular and mysterious assignment sets Jonas apart from the rest of the community, which he feels as soon as he sets food outside. His closest friend, Asher, behaves uncomfortably around him, and even his parents and sister aren’t quite sure how to treat him.
Jonas arrives for his first session at his new assignment. He is directed to a room full of unfamiliar books and rich furnishings. He meets “The Giver,” an older man who explains that he will be transmitting human memories to Jonas. This is his role in the community, to bear these strange memories for the community that has long since eradicated emotion, feeling and individuality. And Jonas is to be the next to shoulder this burden.
(I always thought The Giver’s room sounded really cozy!)
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