Monday, March 16, 2015

The Storyteller


from Goodreads:

Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses... and then he confesses his darkest secret—he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all—if Sage even considers his request—is it murder, or justice?

from Me:
I love Jodi Picoult's style of tackling big issues from both sides of the story.  That's not an easy thing to do.
I think she does it very well.

I enjoyed this book very much.
The message of forgiveness was very emotional.
And it's interesting, because  we all know people in different ways so we like them in different ways also.
My friend might be someone you have a really hard time with but you LOVE me!
(you know what I'm talking about right?)
We all know people in different ways and different circumstances.

That is just normal.

But,  can good and bad live in the same person?
I think  yes,  but evil?
I'm not so sure.

It was an interesting book.
Very well done.
Great discussion points for book-clubs.

I give it 4 stars.

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