The Storyteller

The Storyteller 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

  • Title: The Storyteller
  • Author: Jodi Picoult
  • ISBN: 9781444766639
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 beliefsMourning the passing of her mother, Sage Singer decides to attend a grief support group She doesn t expect to start an unlikely friendship with an elderlBecoming 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 beliefsMourning the passing of her mother, Sage Singer decides to attend a grief support group She doesn t expect to start an unlikely friendship with an elderly man also attending Josef Weber is a beloved, retired teacher and Little League coach Together they attempt to heal But one day he asks Sage for a favor to kill him Shocked, Sage refuses but then he confesses his darkest and long buried secret, one that irrevocably changes Sage s worldview.

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    1. Jodi Picoult has tackled yet another ‘big issue’ (forgiveness) in The Storyteller, but as in all her books things are a little more complicated than usual, and there’s her wow-didn’t-see-that-coming twist as well. Sage Singer is a loner. She works as a baker through the night, only befriending a few people, hardly ever talking to the customers, always staying behind the scenes in the store where she works. She has terrible scars on her face from a frightful accident, something she’s st [...]

    2. ---Some spoilers but nothing major---The first few chapters of The Storyteller introduce us to Sage Singer - a twenty-something baker who is struggling with scars both emotional and physical. Following an accident that maimed half her face, Sage suffers from very low self-esteem, lives and works like a recluse and settles for being some guy's mistress.Had I not read the blurb, I would have assumed that I was reading one of those chick-lit stories where an insecure girl with too much emotional ba [...]

    3. This book was ok. I have read pretty much everything Picoult has written, and I'm also a massive history buff, so I looked to this book with very high hopes.Don't get me wrong, I liked this book - for reasons outlined by many of the other reviewers on this site. So for something a little different, I thought I would provide a few suggestions I would have made if I was Picoult's editor.This is because I've started to notice in the last few books there are gaping continuity errors that reveal bigg [...]

    4. Jodi Picoult is one of my adopted authors. This means I enjoy her books and want to share them with others so I donate the cost of each to our library. I get to read the book first, allowing the library, the community and myself to reap the benefits. It's definitely a win-win deal. I have not loved all of Picoult's books but have always respected the determination and marketing savvy she has shown since she began her career. So what did I think of her latest?The Storyteller is told in much the s [...]

    5. So, to be honest I have been so inundated with research articles, that my free time reading choices have been, well, light. I have been taking on really easy reads due to the fact that my brain hurts.I thought, being Jodi Piccoult and all, that this book would fit into that category, however I was pleasantly surprised. This book was not only extremely well written, but thought provoking and moving. I never considered a book that took various perspectives of the Holocaust, well because I only bel [...]

    6. I do not read many of Jodi Picoult's books, mainly because a lot of them do not really appeal to me. I bought this book mainly because of the high ratings it was recieving on here. All i have to say is wow!!! I loved this book, at times i had to put it down to clear my head of the horrors i was reading. No matter how many books i have read, True or fiction based. The story of what happened to the Jews during the holocaust never fails to bring me to tears.Also reading the story from a young Germa [...]

    7. Characters:Sage: I actually really disliked Sage in the first part of this book. I'm not sure if this is intentional on the author's part, or if we were supposed to find her character sympathetic, but whatever the case, the result was that I just could not make myself like her. She seemed to me to be very self-effacing, in an artificial 'woe is me' kind of way, from how she felt about her scarred face (which she was really hung up on) to the reasons behind her sleeping with a married man. This l [...]

    8. Damn.I don't curse. When I finished The Storyteller, I couldn't craft a coherent sentence. I just sat and thought to myself: damn.Sage Singer bakes bread. It's therapy for her, in addition to the grief support group she attends after losing her mother in a car crash. One day she befriends Josef Weber, a fellow support group goer and an elderly man who is a cherished member of their small town community. Sage soon realizes that Josef doesn't just want her bread: he wants her to kill him. She lear [...]

    9. In a search for compelling books, I chose Jodi Picoult's latest book because I'd admired one of her earlier books. What a disappointment! It's was so deadly that I could hardly finish it. Though I do admire her prose, this work is not one I can recommend to serious readers.Purportedly, the book simultaneously tells a number of stories: about the protagonist and her mysterious facial scar, her "friend" Joe's past as a Nazi officer and her feelings about it, her grandmother's experience in a conce [...]

    10. I loved the book. As a Jew myself, living in today's world I felt it was important for me to be reminded of this terrible atrocity. I wonder if I could have had the courage to survive and cope with the losses of all my loved ones. This book has given me a renewed sense of the importance of reaching out to those less fortunate and help elevate their suffering, rather than spend time worrying about petty bs. Thank you Jodi Picoult for this empowering shot of reality

    11. 10 STARS!!!!!!! This book wildly exceeded my expectations. This is one of the best book of the year, and easily the finest novel of Jodi Picoult's career. Just an extraordinary book. Words are inadequate.

    12. Spoiler alert:If you read my reviews, then you know I'm a Jodi fan because I like her characters, controversial plots, and varied narrative techniques. At first, I was frustrated that Jodi chose to write a story on a topic that has been told so many times before (and with so many fiction and nonfiction books on the Holocaust, people will invariably compare this book to these others). I taught Wiesel's Night for 15 years and have read so many Holocaust books, that I fretted about this book when I [...]

    13. I would give this 4 1/2 stars. This book had me thinking on so many different levels that it's hard for me to sum up my thoughts in a review. This quote sums up a lot of what this book had me thinking about - "not all Jews were victims and not all Germans were murderers." Reading Minka's story of the Holocaust really dives into that statement.A quote from the book, "I do believe in people. In their strength to help each other, and to thrive in spite of the odds." Reading this book made me wonder [...]

    14. Devastatingly good. Jodi Picoult weaves some amazing stories and like so many of her other books, this one will break your heart. I was completely engaged all day in this book and though some of it was predictable, I did not expect a lot of it. Trigger: this story does center around the Holocaust so it could be difficult for many to read.

    15. Wow. For me, a sign of a really great book is one you can remember the characters days, months and even years later. This book was riveting while going from the present and spending a good part of the book back in the 1940s from the point of view of a Holocaust survivor. No matter how horrifying this was, I couldn't stop reading. It may be one of the big reasons I can't get this book out of my mind or it may be the O M G twist at the end. I admit I was as blindsides as I was with My Sister's Kee [...]

    16. Jodi Picoult has a talent for talking about harrowing experiences – from child abuse to suicide pacts, murder to school shootings – and forcing the reader into the minds of everybody involved. But how is it possible to do this with the Holocaust? As it turns out, very well indeed.The Storyteller begins with Sage Singer, a young woman dealing – badly – with the loss of her mother in a car crash a few years prior. Sage attends a group created for people dealing with grief and it is there s [...]

    17. I have to say that I was seriously disappointed by this book. I have only read one other book by Piccoult, Saving Grace, and it was okay. When I read the brief summary of this book, NOWHERE did it mention the Holocaust! When I realized this is what the book was about, I was upset-- to the point that I almost didn't finish reading it. I am not anti-Jewish, anti-Holocaust or anything like that, but I do not want to read books about it. The images and words and descriptions are seared into my memor [...]

    18. The Storyteller is my second Jodi Picoult book. And, I must say it will be hard to better it or even match it. My attention was grabbed right from page one, and my mind didn't wander once while reading. I don't know what to say other than this book was FANTASTIC. It's on my favorites list, and I will be recommending it to everyone for years to come.

    19. The last Jodi Picoult I read was House Rules, many years ago, and it has been my favourite until now. I LOVED this book – it evoked so many emotions in me. It was such an amazing and daring subject matter, an old Natzi SS officer at Auschwitz seeking out a young Jewish woman for assisted suicide and forgiveness.Another thing I forgot about Picoult books is the astounding amount of research that goes into her books – specifically in this case the “other” side of the story – how a seemin [...]

    20. The Storyteller is a very compelling Novel from Jodi Picoult and it’s a story about redemption and forgiveness. I had been giving Picoult Novels a wide breath over the past few years as I had felt her books were beginning to take on a pattern which I grew tired of quite quickly.When I discovered that Jodie Picoult was going to take on a difficult and sensitive subject like the Holocaust I really wanted to read this novel. I appreciate how difficult it must be for a writer to write a fictional [...]

    21. Oh dear. A perfectly good idea but, sadly, not realised. I don't know where to start in unravelling what is wrong with this. For starters, too long - main protagonist is annoying to the point of wishing can't say, too controversial. A chapter in the middle that is a novel in its own right but no-one would ever read (already written, several times) mistakes all over (one glaringly bad one at the end regarding the car) - a twist that was expected from the second it was set up (half way in) and an [...]

    22. How do you forgive someone who has committed a horrendous crime? A war crime against a family member and a war crime against a race? Can you really forgive someone if you are not the actual party who was wronged? Is forgiveness yours to give? The Storyteller is a riveting tale of Sage Singer; a baker that works nights to avoid contact with the outside world, a young woman that has been attending a grief counseling group since the death of her mother 3 years prior. Here she meets an elder man, Jo [...]

    23. Josef and Sage are in the same grief group. He also frequents her bakery and is a stellar, respected member of the community. He is 95, a widower, a retired teacher, ex-Boy Scout leader and Little League coach, and he was once a Nazi who killed thousands. He now wants Sage, because she is of Jewish descent, to end his life in retribution for what he did during WWII. The revelation of Josef's story as recounted to Sage is just classic Picoult. Nothing is black and white -- he was an innocent boy; [...]

    24. Muito provavelmente o melhor que já li! E de certeza que vai ser um favorito do ano! O início foi um pouco lento e não parecia fazer muito sentido. Mas depois a narrativa ficou tão viciaste que foi impossível parar de o ler! Uma obra sobre o Holocausto muito forte e emotiva! Aconselho muito.

    25. “If history has a habit of repeating itself, doesn't someone have to stay behind to shout out a warning?” ― Jodi PicoultI am a bit at loss of words as the Storyteller’s story unfolds in the middle of the novel. I have read a few WWII novels and even though the characters are fictional, the story of each single life lost during the holocaust deserves its own written account. And Minka’s strory is aching my chest. “What is the point of trying to put down on paper emotions that are too [...]

    26. The Story Teller is a really excellent historical fiction offering by Jodi Picoult. Josef Weber, a former Nazi officer befriends a young girl, Sage. Sage’s grandmother, Minka, is a survivor of the holocaust. Josef has one request for Sageat she kill him. Minka’s story which makes up the majority of the book is set in the work camps and concentration camps of World War II. These were really horrific, heartbreaking, sickening and realistic accounts of this period, which were extremely well tol [...]

    27. So.holy crap wow! This does not read like a Jodi Picoult novel. I had given up on her a few novels ago when her stuff got too sappy for me. The only reason I chose this was because I was desperate for an audio book and this was in front of my face at the library. I know there are many people who scoff at Picoult with her contrived plots and often didactic storytelling. If you're one of those people, I suggest giving this one a chance. It's different. I would have given it five stars if not for t [...]

    28. If a 95-years old model citizen, who’s also an ex-Nazi war criminal, seeks and begs for forgiveness, could he be genuinely forgiven? Through the voices of different people, in different stages of involvement in the Holocaust (the Auschwitz survivor, the ex SS member, the survivor’s grand-daughter and the FBI official Nazi-hunter), The Storyteller dwells with the moral questions of forgiveness and remorse, and has you asking yourself questions about what you would do in the unimaginable given [...]

    29. Este é um livro surpreendente porque contempla uma história dentro de várias histórias. Obviamente que contá-las nesta minha opinião seria desvendar muito da magia deste livro e isso iria perder-se. Obviamente o livro não se resume às personagens de Josef e Sage, embora estas sejam determinantes para a evolução do livro. No entanto, muitas mais se seguirão que serão tão ou mais ricas.E depressa nos embrenhamos na história de vida delas, do Holocausto, do que se viveu na Segunda Gue [...]

    30. No longer do I eagerly await Picoult’s newest release; no longer do add myself to the wait list at the library as soon as the listing is poster. Her last two novels were mediocre at best, and I’ve cracked the formula for her novels so that the endings no longer surprise me. However, a friend asked me to read this novel since I’ve taken a handful of courses on the Holocaust and read a fair share of books — nonfiction and fiction — on the topic such that the topic has its own category ta [...]

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