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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.
This is one of my favorite books that I have ever read. I am not Jewish but a Christian and yet I found myself walking around feeling like I was living in Reuven's life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura
Difficult read - required book for daughter in 12th grade. Not easy for someone not Jewish to understand the words used - should have had a glossary in the book to help... Read morePublished 1 month ago by April C.
Read it a long time ago, rereading it again now was just as rewarding. Well deserving 5 stars.Published 1 month ago by Jerry Rawickij_rawicki
I have read a lot of books lately, but I haven't read a book in about three months (when I read To Kill a Mocking Bird) that equaled The Chosen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jen davenport
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 2 months ago by Michael Lewyn