- Series: Penguin Modern Classics (Book 98)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141040777
- ISBN-13: 978-0141040776
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 483 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,537,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chosen (Penguin Modern Classics)
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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 Turtleback edition.
"Anyone who finds [THE CHOSEN] is finding a jewel. Its themes are profound and universal...It will stay on our bookshelves and be read again."
"It revives my sometimes fading belief in humanity. Works of this caliber should be occasion for singing in the streets and shouting from the rooftops."
"Perceptive, touching, exquisite...This is a most profound novel." --This text refers to the Turtleback edition.
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On the cover one of the reviews said that its themes are universal, so this second time through I focused on what I could get out of it, how it could apply to my life. I learned a lot by contemplating as it read.
I also gave a book report on it in my book club, and that was also a good experience. I'm happy to share it! (I'm also reading it with my husband.) Now go read it! ;)
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It is an excellent piece of writing. I highly recommend it.