Book #56: The Chosen

I briefly reviewed The Chosen by Chaim Potok in my summary post from 2017 here.  About a year later, I decided to read it again.  This time I had some guided mentoring and writing prompts to go along with it, which deepened the experience.  It’s a new experience for me to re-read books so quickly after each other.  I kept commenting on the book to my kids, so a few of them picked it up after me and read it too. The only thing better than reading a great book is following it up with a discussion.

One thing that was brought to my attention this time around was how Reuven was finally able to relate to Danny’s abandonment by his father when Reuven’s father got involved in the Zionist movement.  He better understood that separation and had more empathy for Danny.  Also, I started to understand a little better the decision by Reb Saunders to raise Danny in silence.  It’s still abhorrent to me, but I can follow the logic a bit more, seeing how Danny transformed from the opening chapter to the last.

Anyway, none of that will mean anything to you unless you read it, so that was mostly for my own processing.  I think I’ll recommend it for my book club to read in 2019.  The more readers the better.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars


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