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Overview

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Author

Chaim Potok

Year Published

1967

Type

Novel

Genre

Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The Chosen is narrated in the first person by Reuven Malter, who is 15 when he begins his story in 1944. The story ends in 1949, after Reuven has graduated from college. Thus, the story is a retrospective from the point of view of an older narrator. In addition, the narrator's perspective is peripheral or outside the story in that much of the story focuses on Reuven's friend, Danny Saunders.

Tense

The Chosen is written in the past tense.

About the Title

Choice is a central tenet of The Chosen; the main characters struggle with the weight and responsibility of making choices in their lives. The two boys in the novel, Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders, choose to forge a friendship that bridges their disparate lives. In this way, the boys share a deep and abiding nonsexual love for one another. In addition, Jewish people have historically been called the "Chosen People"—the nation chosen by God to receive the books of law and commentary that make up the sacred Jewish texts.

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