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The Chosen by Chaim Potok
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Mar 26, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: year-2012, coming-of-age, audiobooks
Read from March 26 to April 25, 2012

This was an astounding book. I am not sure that I would have been able to get through it if I hadn't listened to the book because there were some very detailed parts about how to dissect and analyze the Talmud. The theme, however, was how people reconcile their culture/beliefs throughout the generations and with people with differing beliefs. It speaks volumes to me that although both of the main characters were Jewish, they came from very different sects within the religion. The main characters were boys who start a friendship. Their friendship provides the backdrop for describing some Jewish history within New York and the events of the World War II. The book was compelling because the characters were intense and heartfelt and the subject is timeless. How do you make people stay within a cultural structure when they want to branch out? Finally the author is able to weave in the heartbreak and necessity of assimilation throughout the book within the context of Judaism in the 1940's.

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60.0% "I am curious whether or not I would like this book if I was reading it. It is very dense in jewish culture and minute detail. However, listening to the book sweeps me away."
80.0% "This book is fascinating. It is really historical fiction. At this point it is describing the Zionist movement after WWII. Potok describes the Jewish culture to the reader throughout the book but somehow doesn't compromise the story of a friendship between two boys who are both jewish but in very different sects."
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