"Perhaps it was only an echo": First Edition of The Giver; Inscribed by Lois Lowry

  • The Giver.

The Giver.

Item Number: 4576

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

First edition of the author’s second Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the title page, “For my old friend Sam With love Lois Lowry 1994.” Tasteful teacher’s choice stamp on the front free endpaper, fine in a fine dust jacket.

In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price. "A powerful and provacative novel" (The New York Times). Made into a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Alexander Skarsgard, and Brenton Thwaites.