“Another great story about a moral/ethical issue that I had already resolved. Interesting discourse on the nature of forgiveness ”Kellie P wrote this review Tuesday, July 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What an amazing read. Really really enjoyed this one. ”Holly Tyldsley wrote this review Thursday, July 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a great story. It was very descriptive on the abuse during the holocaust. I nearly cried 3 times!.”Valerie K wrote this review Wednesday, July 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Over the past few years I have become very disenchanted with Jodi Picoult's books and after the last ine I read, said I was not going to read any more written by her. Thank goodness, I didn't follow through. "The Storyteller" was a truly riveting story centred around the Holocaust, with thought-provoking questions about forgiveness and justice. There were a number of narrators, but the one I found most compelling and tragic was young Minka's as she described her battle to stay alive while imprisoned in Auschwitz. From the start, I was hooked on this book and found it hard to put it down. A fabulous read.”Heather wrote this review Friday, July 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love how the author uses an idea from another book (the sunflower by simon weisenthal) to write this story. Ms. Picoult did an amazing job researching before writing this book, she did an amazing job. I highly recommend this book.
“A story of forgiveness under terrible crimes. Sage has a moral dalimia.terrors from her past. Alliances to her ancestors. ”Jo Walsh wrote this review Monday, July 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my second Jodi Picoult novel, and my favorite so far. My book club read this one, and I don't know what I expected, but I drawn into the story completely and found the writing to be very nice.
Sage Singer, at first, was a bit over-the-top for me, but as her story unfolded throughout the novel, so did my understanding of and compassion for her. This is a young lady with serious issues on several fronts, and Picoult handled the complexity of the story beautifully. Monster or Human? Forgive or not? Questions that all of us face at one time or another, in varying degrees, that enables the reader to complete submerge into the story.
I loved the common thread of baking bread throughout the novel. The descriptions were so lovingly painted that I could see, smell and taste the dough. Bread is vital in so many ways to the story and I completely fell in love with the art of breadmaking.
Excellent writing, excellent story and highly recommended.”
“The Storyteller is Jodi Picoult at her very best. It is an emotional, moving novel that allowed me to live through a turbulent era of history and gain a deeper understanding. The era is World War II, seen through a variety of perspectives. There is Sage, a Jewsish descendant, Josef Weber, an S.S soldier, Minka, Sage's grandmother and Leo, a Nazi hunter. Minka is also a writer and her fictional story is neatly interwoven amongst these perspectives. Even though it had it's place, I wasn't as drawn to it and found myself rushing through it. Each voice added a different insight to the story of Josef asking Sage's forgiveness but I found myself enthralled by Minka's and Josef's recount of the past. Their story showed me not only the cruelty humans are capable of, but also the kindness during hard times. It reminded me that each person is an individual and shouldn't be lumped together because of race or religion. So I appreciated that Picoult has thoroughly researched the Holocaust and created believable characters with exquisite detail to the times. But most importantly, Picoult has given me a reason why survivors choose not to talk about these times.
"So you see, this is why I never told my story. If you lived through it, you already know there are no words that will ever come close to describing it. And is you didn't, you will never understand." ”
“I loved it, even though I figured out the ending before finishing the book. This story was told with such detail and compassion, that it is hard to believe that it was a work of fiction. A work of warning, however; I listened to the audio version (which was well done with different voices for the different characters) but it is very hard to drive while you are crying.”Colleen T wrote this review Saturday, July 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No