“A bit strange because it has a small sample about vampires. It is also very depressing because it is about the Holocaust in Germany, told as only Jodi Picoult could tell it.
As usual, though, an excellent book.”
“Books about the Holocaust are difficult for me to read. But this one was VERY good, and I'm glad I kept reading it.”Carla H wrote this review Friday, March 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Picoult is back! This one is back to her awesome writer self. Holocaust so hard to read at times...but I did not want to put it down!!”Mrs. Branham, CHS Library Media Specialist wrote this review Friday, March 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Provides additional insight into the Holocaust but in a way that isn't as difficult to read as other accounts.”Margaret60 wrote this review Thursday, March 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Riveting! I never saw the ending coming. This was a page turner and my jaw dropped numerous times”Michelle Rose Scroggins wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“AMAZING!!”Mrs. Mashock wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“New Book, March 2013”Whitaker Library wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Initially a difficult topic to read( holocaust), however the book and characters drew me in. I always love Jodi P's books.”jill n wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was great, but it was about the subject I LEAST enjoy reading about -- the Holocaust. AND it was predictable -- at least for me. I knew the guy's real name almost right away. I also don't like books that switch back and forth from one era to another. Additionally, there is a story within a story.............too much. ”Linda S wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-storyteller.html
The Storyteller is a story of the Holocaust told from many different perspectives. Minka is the survivor. Sage is her granddaughter who feels removed from the history until she learns the reality of how it affected those she loves. Leo is one who studies the history and searches to bring the perpetrators to justice. Josef is.....Well, who Josef is becomes the crux of this story.
I have read several Jodi Picoult books. Unequivocally, the books all tackle difficult issues, and all of them have made me think and have elicited a strong emotional response. This book confronts the issue of forgiveness - our ability to forgive others and to forgive ourselves and what forgiveness does for the giver and the receiver. It tackles it on an enormous scale - the horror of the Holocaust, but at the same time, on a very personal level - forgiveness at an individual level.
The story is an emotional and powerful one from each perspective. Interestingly, the least developed is the story of Sage, who begins as the main character. She is dealing with guilt and forgiveness in her own life; yet that by the end seems tangential and extraneous to the main story. Leo's story is the pragmatic one of bringing people to justice, of ensuring that legal boundaries are met. Minka's story along with Josef's is, by its very nature, the most intense and the most emotional. Mingled with Minka's story is a tale she writes - one that to some extent mirrors the world around her but at the same time is able to take her away from the horrors she faces.
I have to say that I did guess the ending - the twist that so often comes in Jodi Picoult stories. In this case, seeing it coming added to powerful message of forgiveness that the book is all about.
On her website, Jodi Picoult states, "If we have a moral responsibility to the past, it's to make sure that history like this doesn't repeat. ... That's why I wrote this book. Because stories matter, and there are six million people who did not have the opportunity to tell theirs." A powerful book to read and to be left thinking about for a long while.”