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Reading: The Storyteller

08 March 2014

I thought I would do a bit of a different post today and talk about a book that I had read in January and only now have I had the chance to review it on AJOE. I picked up The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult on a bit of a whim as I knew I enjoyed Jodi Picoult as a writer, however, I think that this book is totally different to others that I have read by her before. 

Torn between mixed emotions of betrayal, forgiveness, love and revenge this book tells the story of Sage Singer, a female that has lost all confidence in herself when she is left with facial scaring. After years of trying her best to hide herself from the rest of the world; working through the night in a bakery and sleeping in daylight she finds herself becoming friends with an old man of the local community, Josef Weber. As their friendship becomes stronger Josef decides to confess to Sage that for years he has been hiding a secret. He is a murder. 

As the 'storyteller' switches we learn that Josef was once a Nazi guard and was to blame for many bad things throughout the Holocaust. Sage's grandmother was also a survivor in the Holocaust so when stories begin to unravel, Sage learns the painful truth of Josef's past. 

When Josef asks Sage to help him die Sage has to question 'Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behaviour? 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?'

If you have enjoyed any of Picoult's previous novels then definitely give this one a try, it is so eye opening to how life was for the people that suffered during the Holocaust. I couldn't recommend this book enough. It is not exactly a read for the lighthearted but it was a book that I could not put down.