The Chosen (Chaim Potok)

The Chosen by Potok follows the story of two young Jewish boys, Reuven and Danny, growing up in 1940s Brooklyn. Through their unlikely friendship, the novel explores their experiences with religious identity, familial expectations, and the impact of World War II, ultimately leading them on a path of self-discovery and personal growth.

Author: Chaim Potok
Project: Identity Religious Identity
Year of publication: 1967
Pages: 304





Plot Complexity: moderate
Language Complexity: moderate
Ideas Complexity: moderate

The Chosen showcases a language level that falls within the Green Label (B2/C1) range. The novel employs moderately complex language, utilizing richer vocabulary and nuanced sentence structures. The ideas explored are also in line with the Green Label, offering thought-provoking insights into identity, religion, friendship, and personal growth. The plot, while not overly intricate, presents a balanced level of complexity with interwoven story lines and character development. Overall, The Chosen is an engaging read that challenges readers’ perspectives without overwhelming them, making it suitable for readers at an upper-intermediate to advanced language proficiency level.


It is the now-classic story of two fathers and two sons and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each. And as the boys grow into young men, they discover in the other a lost spiritual brother, and a link to an unexplored world that neither had ever considered before. In effect, they exchange places, and find the peace that neither will ever retreat from again.


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