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Conversations with Chaim Potok

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One of America's most popular Jewish writers, Chaim Potok (b. 1929) is the author of such novels as The Chosen (1967), The Promise (1969), The Book of Lights (1981), and Davita's Harp (1985). Each of his novels explores the tension between tradition and modernity, and the clash between Jewish culture and contemporary Western civilization, which he calls "core-to-core cultu

Paperback, 181 pages
Published July 9th 2001 by University Press of Mississippi
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So far, I've learned that I'm quite Jewish in my beliefs, faith, and actions. It figures since Christianity came from Jewish beliefs.
OK, so, Chaim Potok was a genius, and this collection of interviews shows just how much deeper his books are than his critics give him credit for. His absolute commitment to his writing ("An artist always chooses for his art.") inspires and humbles me, and I wish my worldview and sense of self had half the coherence that his did.

The interviews get fairly repetitive. This is in part because Potok was so focused--modern media gurus might say he was always "on message" but in part because apparentl
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This collection of interviews with Potok spans a couple of decades. They provide a good amount of insight into the author's intent in many of his books. I was impressed by Potok's own self-understanding and analysis of the themes of his work.
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The Nutcracker Studies in American Jewish Literature Chaim Potok: Confronting Modernity Through the Lens of Tradition Studies in American Jewish Literature, Volume 28: The Edge of the Center Studies in American Jewish Literature, No 2: Bernard Malamud Memorial Issue

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