The Chosen

I would never have bought Chaim Potok’s book The Chosen if it were not for Pradeep Sebastian’s recommendation in his column in the Hindu. Glad I bought the book.

The Chosen is about the relationship between two boys, their transition into adulthood, and their relationship with their own fathers. They are both Jewish but belong to different sects and yet form an unlikely friendship.

The scene in the book that l’ll always remember would have to be about a baseball game in the beginning. The author’s description and the tension that is set up is brilliant and it left me holding my breath like I was actually watching the game. Potok builds the tension nicely in the other parts of the book as well.

Reading about the dissection of the religious text was the part that I found hard to follow, but that’s a minor blip when you consider that the book is well worth the read.

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