The Storyteller

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “That Stings!.”

Jodi Picoult’s books always have the ability to pick at your brains and drown you into depths of desperation and enchantment. Written with a powerful blend of emotions and life lessons, each of her books have the power to challenge your perceptions and make you think. They sting you with bittersweet sentiments and send you reeling into an enthralling journey.

The last book I read of hers, which also happens to be her second best book according to me (first being My Sister’s Keeper) is named The Storyteller. The storyteller here, is Minka, who is also a survivor of the Holocaust, and till this day, is haunted by the memories of that fateful phase of her life. The story, the essence of the book, resides in Minka’s tale, of how the Jews suffered at the hands of the Germans, and how she too, like thousands of Jews, was sent to a concentration camp, but finally managed to escape.

The book is the story of atonement, of murder, of profound love, and asks you the question of whether a crime ceases to be a crime if the criminal feels guilty and asks for forgiveness. Is he no longer a man who should be condemned? Or is punishment still due, even though the crime was committed years ago?

Writing has always been the major forte in Picoult books. The way she deals with emotions and is always ready to deliver something in the best way it could be delivered is what makes her stand out from among most contemporary authors these days. Those little nuances and the small moments are what make up her books. But…this time, the stinging aspect of the book, hands down, was the story.

Be it Minka’s horrific recollection of a time spent in terror, or Joseph’s tale of his time as a Nazi officer, or Sage and Leo discovering themselves in each other’s company, every story was excellent. And what was more riveting was how Jodi beautifully connected the three stories into one. Hats off.

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5 thoughts on “The Storyteller

  1. Aimee says:

    Interesting! When you say you think it’s her second best book, how many have you read? I’ve read about 80% of her books and unfortunately The Storyteller ran dry… I can see exactly why it should have been amazing, and it was nearly there, but because I’ve already read a large number of her books that deal with similar themes, I found this one to be quite predictable and not as “stinging” as it should have been. Which is a shame! If it had been published earlier in her career then I’d definitely feel differently. Which is your third favourite Picoult? 🙂

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    • Anushka H. says:

      I’ve read around 10 books by her…and third best would be Mercy, maybe. I love all of her books, actually but this one, I dunno, it just stood out. Maybe because it’s been a long time since I read her other books…in fact, yes, I think it must have been for that reason.

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      • Aimee says:

        Mercy was great – I really want to read that one again. Have you read Second Glance or Salem Falls? Those two are my favourites. I can see exactly why you’d prefer The Storyteller, though! 🙂

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      • Aimee says:

        I think that there are a few that really stand out, Salem Falls, Second Glance and The Pact included, then there are some that aren’t as good… but overall they’re all so great! I just wish I hadn’t rushed ahead and read so many, because she can be quite formulaic and predictable!

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