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Book Review: The Storyteller

…by Jodi Picoult.

 

25 year old Sage Singer is a baker by profession. This suits her just fine as she spends her nights working at Our Daily Bread and her days away from people. Well, most people except her grief counselling group and her boyfriend Adam. Who also happens to be married and have a family on the side. Through the grief group and consequently at the bakery, Sage establishes an unusual friendship with 90-something year old Josef Weber. Josef is very much loved in the community for being a retired German teacher and coaching Little League. But Josef has an unusual request. He wants Sage to help him die. And he also discloses something to her that throws her world completely out of order: he used to be a Nazi SS officer. Sage’s grandmother Minka is a Holocaust survivor.

Can you truly forgive someone who has committed such heinous acts?

Can a person truly show remorse and change after all these years?

Can Sage actually kill Josef and if so, is it out of revenge or justice?

Can you actually forgive someone if you weren’t the one they committed their wrongs against? 

Jodi Picoult once again weaves a beautiful masterpiece with dilemmas and several twists and turns. At one point you feel for Josef and yet at another, you find it hard to forgive him for what he’s done. Your heart breaks as Minka recounts her years in Auschwitz and life as a Jew under Hitler’s reign. It’s classic Jodi Picoult in that she gets you to feel for each character and question your own morals. It all builds up to a climactic and unexpected ending. One that is more reminiscent  of her earlier works.

My rating:

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Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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    Aravindh
    June 12, 2013 at 5:22 am

    I would have not forgived someone who was a Nazi. But then I encountered a Sam Harris talk on free will (its there in youtube, search for “sam harris free will”) and read up on books regarding the subject. it completely changed my view of criminals and wrongdoers, and made me wonder how I could have been so wrong about the topic.

    Essentially, it means that if you had been raised in the same environment and same genetic predispositions as a criminal, say the Nazi, you would have done exactly as he did. So we couldn’t really take credit for the fact that we’re not Nazis or criminals, because we live in less evil instigating environment and were luckily blessed with “good” genes. I think this means we should be more tactful in handing out judgements on criminals and focus on containment and rehabilitation rather than excessive punishment.
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    Aravindh
    June 12, 2013 at 5:22 am

    I would have not forgived someone who was a Nazi. But then I encountered a Sam Harris talk on free will (its there in youtube, search for “sam harris free will”) and read up on books regarding the subject. it completely changed my view of criminals and wrongdoers, and made me wonder how I could have been so wrong about the topic.

    Essentially, it means that if you had been raised in the same environment and same genetic predispositions as a criminal, say the Nazi, you would have done exactly as he did. So we couldn’t really take credit for the fact that we’re not Nazis or criminals, because we live in less evil instigating environment and were luckily blessed with “good” genes. I think this means we should be more tactful in handing out judgements on criminals and focus on containment and rehabilitation rather than excessive punishment.
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    Vivienne
    June 21, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Oooh, this book sounds good! I’m noting the name down…maybe I’ll find it in the local library, if I’m lucky 🙂
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    Vivienne
    June 21, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Oooh, this book sounds good! I’m noting the name down…maybe I’ll find it in the local library, if I’m lucky 🙂
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