Review: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

The StorytellerI’ve read a lot of Historical Fiction before—primarily because it’s one of my favorite genres—esp. settings in World War II. But this just got me.

What makes this different compared to other books I’ve read is that you have both perspective of (what seems to be) the bad guy and the good guy. Since the topic’s very sensitive some books tend to get too biased—not that I can blame them—but because of that it removes the main essence of the story. Kudos to Jodi because she gave reader’s the freedom to judge and label the character bad or good.

It questions the norm. Usually we’re taught that ALL Nazi’s are the bad guys. And ALL Jews are the good guys. But the thing is both are human, and both make mistakes. So who are we to blame them? An accurate quote would be by Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mocking Bird, Harper Lee) “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Talks about forgiving (which is a complex topic to sum up in one story)To forgive and to be forgiven. The thing is, that’s the whole point of forgiving—you forgive not because they deserve it but because you do.

Didn’t focus much on the historical facts but more on the experience of it I like how they didn’t put too much information (dates, German words that I had to translate every time) I like how you could actually imagine where the setting is and not have to research about it.

To sum up the whole story, it’s about the strength and ability of forgiving.

I for one, have a hard time forgiving. But to forgive doesn’t necessarily mean you’re weak, but the other way around. To forgive is to swallow up your pride and say it’s okay—well according to the story anyway.

I’m sorry if I didn’t dwell too much on the characters because the whole story is what I was really after. I really didn’t connect that much to the characters, it was the story and the writing that drew me in.

Actual Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Of course. I could even read it again (which is saying a lot because I don’t normally find time and reread)

Recommend: Anyone actually, this is a good way to start reading historical fiction

(Fullybooked, Large/Tall Copy, P 640)


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