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The Storyteller Hardcover – February 26, 2013
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Sage Singer, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, spends her nights baking and her days quietly living out her life in a small New England town. Her grandmother never speaks of her time in Poland during WWII, and Sage herself is a non practicing Jew. She does not give much thought to her grandmother's past or her own heritage until she befriends an elderly gentleman from her grief group. As Sage and Josef become closer and his long buried past as a German SS guard is discussed with Sage, forgiveness, retribution and ultimately redemption surface.
To say more about how "the Storyteller" unfolds and whether forgiveness can be granted in such a situation, would be to reveal too much of the plot. Instead, I'd advise you to grab a copy of this book and settle in for few days of reading. You will walk away with a heavy heart, and some questions of your own.
This well-researched book sinks deep into the reader's heart. It is hard to read at times. Picoult has a way of allowing us to experience a story from all sides. I've read dozens of books on the Holocaust. All leave a scar...none quite as profound as this one. I had to put it down at times and take some deep gulps of air...knowing that the stories are not fully fictional make it hard to swallow, but oh-so-important to experience. Experiencing the Holocaust from the perspective of a Nazi officer was almost more than I could bear.
The story exists partly in the present and partly in the early 1940's at the time of the Holocaust. We are put into the shoes of a woman who survived Auschwitz (whose soul you will share -- I promise); an SS Officer who patrolled the concentration camp, a modern woman with a disfiguring scar who is the grand daughter of a Holocaust survivor....and more. This story is so beautifully and complexly woven, yet easy to follow and absolutely impossible to forget.
If it were not for the few light sex scenes (which I felt added to the book), this would make exceptional required reading for High School literature classes, as the discussions it would bring forth would be profound. It should become a college text....truly, this is a book from which we can learn many things.Read more ›
The story is all about the deepest of secrets that were never told to anyone. This story goes deep into issues, and it gets in deep very fast. The plot really gets you into the book. The main topic of the book is can people be forgiven for extremely dark acts. The plot of the story has twists and turns, choices made, and a twist that will really get you further into the book. When reading the book i suggest putting yourself in Sage's place and think what you would have done differently or if you could have done it.
Truly a great book, and I will be looking back at some of the other stories Jodi Picoult has written. I really enjoyed her writing, and look forward to anymore books she comes out with.
Great job Author and yes I would recommend this book.
The story is narrated by Sage, by the secret Nazi, and by a mysterious girl living in the forest afraid of great evil. Sage's granmother finally consents to add her own narrative.As you would expect, the writing is accessible and flows evenly. The plot draws us in immediately. The conundrums are complex and insistent. As Picoult notes, "this could be you , too. You think, not I. But at any given moment, we are capable of doing what we least expect." Is this true? I wish I could swear that it is not. But as the survivors and victims of the Holocaust approach death and disappear, the question is a vital one that must be asked. Added to the Holocaust deniers who claim the camps were never true, this is a topic that is imperative. Bearing witness is part of this book, how to mend the world is another.
It is easy to dismiss Picoult with her repetitive plot of a family and a narrator pressed heavily with moral decisions. She is a popular writer, the death knell for many critics. But I find her work compelling and I don't mind the repetitive structure. These characters are complex and beautifully drawn. We could pick Sage from a crowd, and not due to her scar. Rather her hiding of her scar makes her distinctive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Compelling characters, surprises throughout and thought provoking. Highly recommend. Always enjoy Picoult's books. Must read if you are a fan.Published 4 days ago
Disappointing. Disjointed. Characters and story/plot didn't feel plausible. Felt like written "to sell books" not "to tell a story."Published 4 days ago by Book Group Gal
I loved this story. It's been a long time since I cried in the middle of a book. I can't imagine what some Jews lived through to tell.Published 6 days ago by Anita Wambaugh
If you like reading about the Holocaust at all, you will love this book. So sad at times. Will definitely bring tears!Published 6 days ago by Chelsey
Really really good. I couldn't put it down. The Storyteller is a book that I would reread.Published 8 days ago by Deb Z.
I didn't know what this book was about when I started reading it, I only heard some people I know talking about how much they wanted to read it so when I saw it in the ebook store... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Carolyn