This Blog is Dedicated to our dear friend Karen.
When she left this life she left a hole in our hearts as well as several to be read books.
We, her friends, will read these books for her.
This blog will be a sort of book club for us to post our thoughts and feelings about the stories and feelings we have of Karen while we read.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

#95 The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Wow it's been too long since I have been on here to write a review. That's because it's been too long since I've completed one of Karen's books. I do have to say that when I logged on to the blog and saw her beautiful face over there on the right, it took my breath away then pained my heart. Then felt peaceful and happy as I said to her picture, "one more book done." I wish I could talk to her about this book. I saw from her list she has several WWII / Holocaust books. I didn't know she was so intrigued by this era.
This book was well written, very detailed, perhaps a bit too detailed for someone like me. I was happy to see the end of this book. However I did find myself wrapped up in the story once I got into it which seemed to take too long. If I was reading this for myself I probably would have given up on it. Once I did get into it I felt my emotions swell with hurt and compassion when I read about the struggles in the concentration camp.

In this book there are several stories going on, at the same time. Keeps you on your toes and interested in each person and how they contribute to the overall story and how their stories weave into each other.
I learned a lot while reading this.
some of my favorite quotes from this book:
"Inside each of us is a monster; inside each of us is a saint. The real question is which one we nurture the most, which one will smite the other."

"Power isn't doing something terrible to someone who's weaker than you. It's having the power to do something terrible, and choosing not to."

"When a freedom is taken away from you, I suppose, you recognize it as a privilege, not a right."

"Forgiving isn't something you do for someone else. It's something you do for yourself. It's saying, You're not important enough to have a stranglehold on me. It's saying, you don't get to trap me in the past. I'm worthy of a future."

Also if you are a bread junkie like I am and trying to stay away from said food, I might suggest holding off on this book as there is lots of references to baking breads. YUMMMM

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