The Storyteller

The Storyteller

[a Novel]

Large Print - 2013 | Large Print ed.
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Becoming friends with Josef Weber, an old man who is particularly loved in her community, Sage Singer is shocked when one day he asks her to kill him and reveals why he deserves to die, causing her to question her beliefs.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Large Print, 2013.
Edition: Large Print ed.
ISBN: 9781611736878
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE PICOULT
Characteristics: 696 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Dec 01, 2019

My first and last book by this author. So trite and stupid and unbelievable. A Jewish girl works in a bakery for a former Catholic nun and has an affair with her mother's undertaker. Does this grab anyone yet? She later meets an elderly man who is a former Nazi. Get the picture? The girl doesn't see anything wrong with cheating or anything else immoral she does. The ending is plain stupid. I wish I could have rated this a "zero".

Jul 03, 2019

Loved this book. It’s a heartbreaker. Rich and complex in thoughts and relationships and gives the harsh realities of the holocaust through various lenses. The twist comes as Jodi so often provides. No judgement, we all inject our own.

May 29, 2019

I liked this book, but it seemed so back and forth. Took a really long time to get to the ending - which can sometimes be enjoyable but this one seemed prolonged.

Aug 09, 2018

Read but want to read again.

Apr 05, 2017

When I discovered Jodi Picoult's novels, I read all but two (saving those two just so I'd have something to look forward to). Since then I've read a dozen novels from "What do I read while waiting for the next Jodi Picoult novel?" lists. While I enjoyed those other novels, none of them could hold my attention, make me care about ALL of the characters and how the events in the novel affected their lives, or make me think as deeply as Jodi Picoult's do. I thought it was just a phase I was going through, but I picked up "The Storyteller" and was once again blown away by how creatively her character's stories are woven together, how much I felt, cared about, and thought about how the events in the story affected their lives! How does she do that so effectively?
The ending was not what I thought it would be; it was much more complicated than anything I'd guessed at (except for the already predicted romance).
This would be a great book club choice. It provides plenty of grey areas to consider on topics that usually seem black and white.
My favorite quote from this book is, "Forgiving isn't something you do for someone else. It's something you do for yourself. It's saying, 'You're not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.' It's saying, 'You don't get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future.'" We all have so many things to forgive in our own lives and in the lives of people whose actions affect us.

Mar 08, 2016

Loved the story within the story. This was sad and the topic so tragic but it really made me think about how nothing is black and white. I've read other similar stories that tell the POV of the German side, but this was still a very enjoyable story that makes one think.

Oct 15, 2015

Excellent read.

Oct 07, 2015

I'm just luke-warm on this book. There are so many other books written on this subject that I feel were much better than this. I've only read a couple of Picoult's books and I find them predictable and a little sappy. The ending was no surprise for me, I had it figured out before I was halfway through the book. It's all very obvious, including the "love story" which I thought was both ridiculous and gratuitous. The themes of where evil lives in all of us and forgiveness and mercy were thought-provoking and interesting.

Excellent tension between the need to forgive and the advisability of forgetting the wrongs of history. Did Grandma do the right thing in telling her concentration camp story granddaughter? Is the FBI agent legally right but morally past his shelf life in pursuing Nazi criminals when victim has chosen to move on? This is a great read, thank you Jodi for bringing this issue into focus for today's reader.

Aug 12, 2015

This was one of the best books I've ever read! I cried through a lot of it. The ending was a surprise, I did not see that coming.

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siammarino Jul 01, 2014

Should Saige help an elderly Nazi to kill himself? Should the Nazi, who has since led an exemplary life, be pardoned for his crimes? How can Saige overcome her insecurity after the accident that left scars on her face? All good questions, but I didn't finish the book because Joseph's recounting of his Nazi days was just too much for me.

nkontrol May 01, 2013

A young woman is asked to do a huge favor and is told why she has to do it.


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Apr 05, 2017

"Forgiving isn't something you do for someone else. It's something you do for yourself. It's saying, 'You're not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.' It's saying, 'You don't get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future.'"


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