Monday, February 23, 2009

The Chosen

The Chosen, a novel by Chaim Potok, is about two Jewish men and their two sons. Set mostly in Brooklyn, it was published in 1967. I found the writing to be wonderful, but I also learned a lot about Judaism. The relationship between the two boys is heart-warming. The father-son relationships are completely different and I guarantee you will love the one between Reuven and his father.

excerpt from Book One, Chapter Three
"What I tried to tell you, Reuven, is that when a person comes to talk to you, you should be patient and listen. Especially if he has hurt you in any way. Now, we will not talk anymore tonight about Reb Saunders' son. This is an important day in the history of the world. It is the beginning of the end for Hitler and his madmen. Did you hear the announcer on the boat describing the invasion?"

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