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Book Review Of The Week: The Storyteller

I read The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, who's name you may recognise from the cover of My Sister's Keeper (cry), straight after I had finished The Book Thief as it was recommended to be my

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I read The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, who’s name you may recognise from the cover of My Sister’s Keeper (cry), straight after I had finished The Book Thief as it was recommended to be my my mamma after I said how much I enjoyed The Book Thief. If you’re unfamiliar with The Book Thief then it is a story of a girl and her life living in Germany through the rein of Hitler and World War 2 and her love for books, it is a beautiful story, a must read! So, still in a World War 2 state of mind The Storyteller was a great transition for getting my mind out of The Book Thief head space. Some of you may know what I mean by this as when you finish one book and start another it’s really hard to get your head around the new characters and the new settings, as your mind is still thinking about the previous book. Does that make sense? Well that’s what I mean anyway.

The Storyteller is a novel, set in modern day, about a young girl, Sage Singer, who finds out that her Β 70-odd-year-old friend, Josef Weber, is a murderer. Josef decides to confess to Sage as an act of repentance in his old age, revealing more about him than she could never have imagined. The story goes backwards and forwards between modern day and Nazi Germany as Josef unveils his stories to Sage. As his life unfolds Sage realises that there worlds are connected in more ways than one.

 

Im a huge fan of WW2 inspired books and love reading about the events that happened as I just simply cannot imagine a world like it.Β The Storyteller is deep and very inspiring as well as educational of World War 2. Jodi Picoult has developed a deep understanding of the history and tragic events that occurred in the build up of and of WW2 and writes so well you almost picture yourself in the moment, like a third party presence overlooking the events.

Even though the book has a deep core it’s also quite light hearted as it delves into the life of Sage and her love life. There are some hilarious moments as you get to know Sage and learn that she’s the biggest clutz ever and it really brings comedy to the novel and acts as a diversion from the tragedy of the rest of the story. Sage is a likeable character and her bravery and vigorΒ throughout the novel are her biggest strengths although she may think otherwise.

The Storyteller was a lovely read with just as lovely ending albeit quite sad. It will make you laugh and maybe even cry and it is definitely worth a read.

 

hannah@theblackandwhiteedit.co.uk

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