Sunday, 1 September 2013

Review of the Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

I've read many of Jodi's books and this was another brilliant read.  Maybe even her best yet.  It kept me up well into the early hours and left me with many thoughts of right and wrong long after I'd finished.

When Sage Singer meets Josef a seemingly gentle, frail old man whose much respected in the local community she's shocked by his revelation of his past life.  That of a Nazi.  When he asks her to help him die, to help him rid himself of his demons the only way he knows how, it's a big ask and a request Sage doubts she can complete.  She calls the Department of Justice and re-counts the information she has ultimately handing him over to the authorities.

Sage's grandmother Minka, is a survivor of Auschwitz and when Sage turns to her,  Minka finally reveals her story.  The horrors she's seen and experienced.  The disappearance one by one of her loved ones and above all her survival.  This is a very harrowing part of the book that at numerous times sends shivers down your spine and brings tears to your eyes. 

Before the conflict of war, Minka was a writer and her childhood tale grows with her throughout the book.  The tale of the Upior, a demon, a monster, a blood sucker and slayer of men but is he a really all bad? Can people be forgiven for their deeds?

It's hard to praise this book enough from start to finish I was gripped and the suspense that builds is intense and the climatic ending leaves you exhausted. 

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