Jodi Picoult is an extraordinary author who I feel is in a class of her very own. Her thought provoking topics are thoroughly researched - The Storyteller is no exception. I have read many books which incorporate the tragedy of the Holocaust - the details of this horrific period of time are nothing but devastating and disturbing. In my opinion, it will always be difficult to grasp just how inhumane the Jews were treated. On the other hand, it is amazing to read about the strong will of those who endured the wrath of the Germans and the things they did in order to get through each and every unbearable day. This story is not only about the Holocaust but the power of love, forgiveness, friendships and so much more. Amazing book. Very difficult to put down.
Holocaust stores have always been torture for me to read, and this one was no different. But from page one, I could not put this down. Gripping, intense, horrific, all these at once. From other reviews, I ignored the "fable" written in the italicized section, and I don't feel that it lessened my enjoyment of the story at all.
I run hot and cold with Picoult, but this book is excellent. Reading about this atrocious event makes me wonder even more how anyone could have survived it. My inlaws lost most of their respective families during the Halocaust and like Minka, rarely spoke of it. It was just too painful. A must read.
An excellent read, peeling layers away of history and people/personalities like a giant tantalizing onion. Picoult has that special talent where in each story sh writes, the subject and people are unique. her writing is NOT formulaic as are many others who get bogged down in series. This one deals with bakery,holocaust survivors, baffling relationships and insights into the human soul and heart. I got swept up in the book. Sometimes I hesitate to start a J.P. book for that reason, and sho' 'nuff, it happened again. You will enjoy!!! learn and reflect. A few solves, where the characters survived and escaped from permanent harm in order to continue with the action, seemed a bit contrived, but then, we don't want the story/ people to end midsentence. EARNED 5 stars nonetheless. Unique, original, absorbing.