Jodi needed a better editor with this book. Her holocaust story was gripping and well done. The modern day story was filled with unnecessary characters that detracted from the main theme. The fable was really silly and unnecessary as well. All in all an interesting read, well researched and written, but not well edited. I believe that when authors become really famous and prolific they start to sacrifice quality for quantity and perhaps their editors have less influence. I think in Jodi's case she fits this bill. She still writes well and tackles interesting subjects, but many of her books seem to have storylines "borrowed" from other books. I truly wish she would slow down and put more effort into each book rather than just churning them out.
Oh my goodness, did I ever enjoy this book. Jodi Picoult can really tell a story. I read this book until all hours of the night. It is powerful, riveting, sad, but a great great read. Of Course the Holocaust was a very very sad time in our countries history but this story portrayed it especially well. I can't say enough about it. I thought about it for days afterwards and am finding my next book hard to get into to.
I was really impressed with the way that Jodi Picoult is able to connect stories from World War II/Holocaust with the present day. She explores topics in this novel like justice, faith forgiveness, peer pressure, and family loyalty.
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.
I hated the first half of this book but I did stick it out. It got a little better, I guessed the ending half way but I enjoyed Minka's story, while it was hard to hear at times. NOT the best Holocaust fiction book ever, and I don't know if I would recommend this book to friends. Picoult is over rated if you ask me.