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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.)
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The book also offers thorough background information (which will have to be supplemented by further reading) about Jewish history, both cultural and religious.
Overall, The Chosen is a novel that will teach one to open his/her eyes to the differences in the world and they can help positively shape our lives.
This book struck me as a fine book for an intelligent teenager- it seems a bit too sweet and shallow, a bit unexciting, for adults. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Michael Lewyn
I really enjoyed this book when I was assigned to read it in school. There was so much layered into this character's life as he delved into his Jewish faith and compared it to that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Swank Ivy
I enjoyed reading this book. It enlightened me on the differences within the same religion. I learned a lot of information I was not aware of concerning the Jewish religion. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marilyn Knutson
I can't believe I didn't read this book years ago. When I read the beginning of the book about what seemed to be a simple baseball game, I thought that this would not be a book I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marilyn Mendoza
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the insight into Jewish culture, Hasidic and Orthodox, the core-to-core cultural confrontations as Potok himself called them, the emphasis on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stan Wells