I received this book as a birthday present. It really isn’t a book I would choose to buy. I have only read two of Jodi Picoult‘s books – The Pact and My Sister’s Keeper. I enjoyed both but found them quite depressing. I prefer made up ghosts and killers rather than the horrors of real life. That said, I did find The Storyteller a good read and would recommend it.
* I liked how Picoult spilt the book up into different parts. Each separate yet intertwined plot was engaging with interesting characters.
* I liked the addition of the Upior (the story within the story). The supernatural parts were particularly interesting to me as that is what kind of stories I typically enjoy.
* The tale of Minka and her terrible experiences in the concentration camps etc were confronting and obviously based on real life events. Although terrible to read and think about, I appreciated that Picoult did not avoid writing about such horrible things just to make the reader feel more comfortable.
* The relationship between Sage and Leo was a nice addition to the story – throughout most of the story I was hoping that they would get together.
* The themes of the novel were hard hitting – redemption, justice, forgiveness. While reading I was often put into the shoes of the characters and had to ask myself what I would do if faced the same situations.
* ‘History isn’t about dates and places and wars. It’s about the people who fill the spaces between them.’
* ‘Good people are good people; religion has nothing to do with it.’
* ‘People have to experience things that terrify them. If they don’t, how will they ever come to appreciate safety?’
* ‘My brother believed in all sorts of mythical creatures: pixies, dragons, werewolves, honest men.’
* ‘That’s why we read fiction, isn’t it? To remind us that whatever we suffer, we’re not the only ones?’