The Storyteller

A Novel

Picoult, Jodi

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Storyteller
Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who's particularly beloved in her community after they strike up a conversation at the bakery where she works. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses, but then he tells her he deserves to die. Once he reveals his secret, Sage wonders if he's right. What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever redeem themselves with good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all--if Sage even considers his request--is it murder, or justice?

Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books, 2013
Edition: First Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 1439102767
Characteristics: 460 pages; 25 cm


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Mar 05, 2015
  • pick932 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

the best one yet

Feb 07, 2015
  • karen9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Perfect! It's been a while since I had the opportunity to sit down and read, and I'm glad to have spend the time reading this book. I've read two other books by Picoult and never regretted it. This is another amazing story! A must read for all book lovers.

Jan 03, 2015
  • MPLolohea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was the first novel I had ever read by Picoult and I was so impressed. Before, the thickness of her novels used to scare me off, however this reading this novel changed all that. The switch in narration and points of view makes it so easy to follow and comprehend, her use of language also made it very enjoyable to read.
I usually don't find fictional war stories very interesting, but this one really impacted me and made me question my own moral compass. Try this book, its awesome!

Dec 17, 2014
  • SparklyIsMyFavoriteColor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was really amazing. I'd only read one book by Ms. Picoult before, so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but I enjoy her style of switching narration voices. I love the "aha!" twist moments and I am excited to read more. Be warned--it's a tough, harrowing topic--very hard to read descriptions of concentration camps, both from the victims and an SS officer's POV.

Nov 17, 2014
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book really exceeded my expectations. Of course the subject matter is a bit disturbing but I thought it was very well constructed. I also enjoyed the points of view that the story was told from. It gave a fresh flavour to a subject that has already been very well covered in literature.

Oct 26, 2014
  • Cheri_rishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It moved me. I love Jodi's writing. It changes perspective with every chapter and one never gets bored. This was an amazing book and I loved each and every moment of it.

Sep 08, 2014
  • chawki7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

So interesting hearing the Holocost from an aging Nazi point of view and a survivors point of view. So intense and emotional. Great read but somewhat depressing.

Aug 03, 2014
  • laylaaa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book.. five stars.. make sure you have kleenex nearby..

Jul 25, 2014
  • kerrysoby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An incredible personal account of the tragedies of World War II and the Holocaust. I must read for all generations. I couldn't put it down!

Jun 23, 2014
  • azaleski11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A page turner! This was my first Jodi Picoult novel and it sucked me right in. I finished this 460 page novel in 3 days. I will definitely be reading more of Picoult's novels this summer!

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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.

May 01, 2013
  • nkontrol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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


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