The Chosen by Chaim Potok


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.)

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A hardcover edition with dark blue boards, gilt lettering and unclipped, illustrated dust jacket. The is foxing and toning throughout but the text is clear and legible. There is a blue ink inscription on the inside front page. The dust cover is in poor condition and has creasing and tearing.  Some repairs have been made to the jacket to keep it intact. The actualk  book itself is fine.

Publisher: William Heinemann, London.

Publication Date: 1967.

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