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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.
I've read all but four of Jodi Picoult's 20 books, and faithfully anticipate the release date of her newest novel every year. This year, I even got to see her read at the Union Square Barnes and Noble. I can tell you that she's wonderfully entertaining, down-to-earth, humble...an all-around nice person. I will always support her in book dollars, no matter what I think of her latest.
Here, Picoult tackles Good and Evil, taking the most heinous historical event - the Holocaust - and humanizing it with characters whose lives are based on those of real people. Let this serve as a warning, everyone: I've read Holocaust books, scores of them, and I thought I knew what I was in for. I didn't. Because this is not just one person's life story - it's a culling together of many survivors' stories to form a narrative so horrific that reading it is almost masochistic.
I had to put my Nook down more than once because I just could not stomach the book. Though I kept coming back - sort of the way you inadvertently slow down at a car wreck - this is not a book to take away you. The parallel narratives of dehumanization and persecution - of Minka and Josef - of survivor and tormentor respectively - make this book doubly hard to take in. Unpalatable, Unconscionable, Unseemly - I can't even think of enough "Un"s to convey the sort of reading experience this is going to be.
But then again, if I've had such a strong reaction, it means Picoult did her job and did it well. There was nothing enjoyable about the Holocaust and we readers are not supposed to be having a dreamy, escapist experience reading about it.Read more ›
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The storytelling is powerful. The characters come alive and after a while it felt as though I was developing a strong emotional connection to them. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Maine Coast Reader
It was hard for me to put this book down. A very engaging story and the ending was food for the soul. I would recommend to anyone.Published 12 hours ago by Potrish
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult is three tales in one that are interwoven throughout the book: the modern story of Sage and her life in the shadows; a story of the Holocaust told... Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Kathy Martin Newingham
This book takes on a journey during the time of concentration camps and war and gives you a perspective you could not have without having been alive and there yourself. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent writing. Yes, it's "another holocost story", but beautifully told with twists and hope, despair and love, and ultimately, redemption....maybe? Who's to say? Read morePublished 1 day ago by Carolyn A. Long
Another great offering from Jodi P. The story presentation is compelling and vivid. And at the end she finally explains why she ends all her books like she ran out of paper. Read morePublished 1 day ago by M. C. B. Greeley