Today I thought I’d take a break from beauty and blog about one of my favourite pastimes. Reading has always been one of my passions, and I buy books on a regular basis. All topics interest me; in particular, novels that are based on different cultures/ethnicities. I have many favourite authors, one being Jodi Picoult. You may recognise her name from the Hollywood movie ‘My Sister’s Keeper’, which she wrote. I’ve read practically all of her books, and while I enjoyed them all, one in particular stood out for me. It is called ‘The Storyteller’ and it is quite possibly the best novel I have ever read. I love it so much, I’ve now read it four times, and plan to read it again.
Without giving too much away, the plot centers around the protagonist,
Sage Singer, who is scarred, both mentally and physically. She is a recluse, and works nights as a baker, hiding away during the daytime. Her friends consist of her grandmother, her boss and a married-father-of-two boyfriend. She befriends an elderly man, Josef
Weber who is harboring a terrible secret. He asks Sage to do something
unthinkable, and from there, the plot delves into the past and takes you
on a journey from the present day, to the Holocaust and back again.
What a journey this novel takes you on! I felt a range of emotions whilst reading, from sadness, to joy, to utter heartbreak. I truly COULD NOT put this book down. The story is told from several perspectives, and they all tie in brilliantly in the end. The novel explores many themes, as is typical of Jodi’s novels. Secrets,
forgiveness, love, hope and war are all explored by each character in
very different ways. What does it mean to forgive someone? Can someone ever be forgiven if they have wronged somebody else? How many of us harbour secrets that could potentially ruin somebody else’s life?
Have you read this novel? What is your favourite book of all time?