Unformatted text preview: Even though he was content growing up within his Jewish religion and culture, Potok sensed that there existed a world beyond his Jewish one that he wanted to experience. As he writes in his essay "Culture Confrontation in Urban America: A Writer's Beginning": I had little quarrel with my Jewish world . . . but beyond our apartment, there was an echoing world that I longed to embrace: it streamed in upon me, its books, movies, music, appealing not only to the mind, but also to the senses. When Potok was about fifteen years old, he read Brideshead Revisited , by English novelist Evelyn Waugh. By his own admission, Potok was impressed. He has commented about the novel, "Evelyn Waugh reached across the chasm that separated my tight New York Jewish world from that of the upper-class British Catholics in his book. I remember finishing the book and marveling at the power upper-class British Catholics in his book....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
- Fall '11
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Jewish Theological Seminary, Potok