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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.)
Chaim Potok's book, THE CHOSEN, is an extremely well written book.
The book also offers thorough background information (which will have to be supplemented by further reading) about Jewish history, both cultural and religious.
To make a long story short I really liked the book and it had a pretty strong impact on me.
Why is there no Kindle edition of The Chosen? Or am I just not able to find it?Published 16 days ago by Mark Hite
I read The Chosen about 30 years ago and it has remained one of my top 5 favorites. My reread recently confirmed its position.Published 17 days ago by Colleen
The characterization of the principal characters is well-developed albeit slowly. The depths and difficulty of friendship between Reuven and Danny is a compelling story. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Gene C. Armistead
This was a great piece of literature that provides interesting insight on a culture that not many know of across America. Definitely opens the eyes and moves the spirit.Published 1 month ago by Kage.Maru
Absolutely beautiful, could not put it down. The relationships are deep and meaningful, the writing compelling and the story woven to perfection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laurie
Read this novel when it was first published, Read every novel that Potok wrote. One of my very favorite authors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Norma Rose Rottman