The Chosen, by Chaim Potok

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The book, The Chosen is a book that has inspired many people in the world. It’s the story of two Jewish teenage boys coming of age in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York between 1944 and 1949. The author of this book, Chaim Potok was a well known writer in the late 1960s. Chaim rose to literary prominence’s when The Chosen became a best seller in 1967. Born in Bronx, New York, in 1929, Chaim like the two teens in his novel grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Both his mother and father were strictly observant Orthodox Jews and did not support his interest in writing, because they didn’t want any of their sons involved in activities outside of their community. This conflict with his parents definitely shows up in different ways in this book, because the book is mostly about Chaim’s life and the characters relate to him. In this well written novel, we get to watch two ultra brilliant Jewish teenagers grow up. By “Growing Up” it means that the boys will learn to balance their commitments to Judaism and varied traditions that are good and not good for all of the Jewish Communities at the time. As the world grows and changes around them, the young men and their fathers will get to learn that tradition is flexible and that each person’s individual choices contribute to their Jewish tradition and can bring their people together.

This book has much to tell. There are many themes that are shown in the novel. The three that are important to me and the book are: the father-son relationship, the religious implications of friendship, and silence as a path to the soul. The father-son relationship is a very important theme is this book. The Chosen is a novel that highlights the importance of the father-son relationship: “I was a son to my father…. ...

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... through in the book. He is a person who is competitive like me and we do not understand people who think they are better than everyone else and why do we have to have war. When Reuven first met Danny in the novel, I probably would have judged Danny the way Reuven did: competitive, rude, stuck up, and mean. Even though the outside does not show what a real person is in the inside, later in the book Danny wasn’t the meanest kid at all, he was just in a need of a friend and I respect that. I have learned so much from this book. I understand it when your parents have to be silent with you and, how hard it can be when you can’t pursue in something you want to do or someone is in a need of a friend. This book not only helps the characters understand events, but also for the reader, because we get to be the characters of the book and experience a chance of a life time.

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