'Anyone who finds The Chosen is finding a jewel. Its themes are profound and universal... It will stay on our bookshelves and be read again' (Wall Street Journal)

Following a baseball game that nearly became a religious war, two Jewish boys become friends. Danny comes from the strict Hasidic sect that keeps him bound in centuries of orthodoxy. Reuven is brought up by a father patently aware of the twentieth century. Everything tries to destroy their friendship, but they use honesty with each other as a shield and it proves an impenetrable protection.

 Recommended in Program(s): Challenge II
Cycle(s): n/a



Penguin Modern Classics

Publication date:

5 November 2009

Number of pages:



214 g


197 x 127 x 17 (mm)






Born in 1929, Chaim Potok grew up and was educated in New York. After being ordained as a rabbi, he took a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked as a chaplain with the US Forces in Korea from 1955-57. His novels The ChosenThe PromiseIn the BeginningThe Book of LightsMy Name is Asher LevThe Gift of Asher Lev and I am The Clay, have all been published by Penguin. He is also the author of Wanderings, a history of the Jews; of a children's book, The Tree of Here; and of three plays, Out of the DepthsSins of the Father and The Play of Lights. He died in 2002.

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