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Few stories offer more warmth, wisdom, or generosity than this tale of two boys, their fathers, their friendship, and the chaotic times in which they live. Though on the surface it explores religious faith--the intellectually committed as well as the passionately observant--the struggles addressed in The Chosen are familiar to families of all faiths and in all nations.
In 1940s Brooklyn, New York, an accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny Saunders together. Despite their differences (Reuven is a Modern Orthodox Jew with an intellectual, Zionist father; Danny is the brilliant son and rightful heir to a Hasidic rebbe), the young men form a deep, if unlikely, friendship. Together they negotiate adolescence, family conflicts, the crisis of faith engendered when Holocaust stories begin to emerge in the U.S., loss, love, and the journey to adulthood. The intellectual and spiritual clashes between fathers, between each son and his own father, and between the two young men, provide a unique backdrop for this exploration of fathers, sons, faith, loyalty, and, ultimately, the power of love. (This is not a conventional children's book, although it will move any wise child age 12 or older, and often appears on summer reading lists for high school students.) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Whiny kid complains to less whiny kid about tradition, his father, and that psychology isn't all Freud (even in the 40s).
I read this for a religion gen. ed. in college. Read more
I purchased a 1st edition of this book, as it has been one of my favorites since high school. I have a BA, and two Masters degrees, and have yet to read a novel that exceeds the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by SuzyQ
I was required to read this book for my literature class and thoroughly enjoyed it. With universal themes of friendship (it sounds cheesy, I know), father-son relationships, and... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Annie
My daughter has this for a Lit course. I read it when it was first published and loved it.Published 15 days ago by Max Bville
Insightful story into Judaism, personal relations, family relations, emotions and development of two young Jewish boys.Published 25 days ago by Wendel B. Wickland