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The Chosen by Chaim Potok
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Jan 19, 2008

really liked it

This classic novel is set in the WWII-era Jewish neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Its teh story of a deep friendship between adolescents Reuven (Modern Orthodox son of an intellectual) and Danny (brilliant Hasidic heir to the office of head 'rebbe' of the sect). On the surface its lots of fascinating religious debate. But really its the story of a how two friends together navigate the delimnas of adolescence.

Beautiful, deeply interesting story, but a master novelists (and ex-rabbi).

Don't rent the old Robbie Benson movie -- please -- until after you've read the book.
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