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The Promise Paperback – 28 Oct 1971


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (28 Oct. 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140033300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140033304
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,724,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a surprisingly tense story about two Jewish young men, one Orthodox and one Hasidic, in New York in the early 1950s. They are both caught up, in different ways, in the struggles between Orthodox and reformed Jewish scholars, as they try to make sense of their Jewishness in the post-Holocaust world. As a non-Jew, I found the novel gripping and fascinating. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Frankenberg on 26 Dec. 2009
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The Promise is Potok at his very best. In it we are reunited with Reuven and Danny some time after we left them at the end of 'The Chosen' Danny is struggling to come to terms with his decision to renounce the zaddikate and instead become a psychologist and Reuven is studying for ordination. The two are brought together again because of the illness of Michael, who is the cousin of Reuven's girlfriend.
Reuven's world has been changed because of the arrival of East European Hassidic Jews who are refugees from the aftermath of the holocaust. The Promise is a beautifully written and moving book where the struggle for authenticity of the main protagonists continues only this time in the more complex world of grown-ups in the words of Reuven's father 'little children little problems, big children big problems'. The novel gives a sympathetic view into the interactions between different types of Judaism just after the war. It is a great book a must read, it is one of the view works of fiction that I return to again and again. It would be best to read 'The Chosen' before 'The Promise' although accidentally I didn't and it didn't spoil it too much.
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By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Promise, sequel to The Chosen, finds Danny and Reuven now just in their early twenties and approaching the end of their studies. The battle between Orthodox and Reformed beliefs continues along with its consequential effect on Danny and Reuven, and now coming into the arena in addition to Reuven's teachers is Abraham Gordon, the uncle of Reuven's girlfriend Rachel. Then Danny and Reuven have an additional problem to contend with: Abraham Gordon's emotionally disturbed fourteen year old son Michael; the two boys become deeply involved, Danny in his role as a student psychologist and Reuven as Michael's new friend.

As in The Promise there are plenty of discussions centred around the Talmud, but they are so well explained and presented that they are of interest even for someone who has little or no knowledge of such. But the real beauty of the story is the relationship between the characters. The two boys are remarkable individuals who by their modest and respectful attitude along with their devotion to their faith seem to endear them to all whom they meet. Danny and Reuven remain best friends and show complete trust in each other; Reuven's active concern for Michael is very touching; and Reuven's relationship with his father, the love and respect he has for him, is a joy to behold.

The Promise is a remarkable book, a fitting conclusion to the fascinating story which started in The Chosen. Extremely well written, it is an enjoyable, thought provoking and heart warming tale which I highly recommend.
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By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
The Promise, sequel to The Chosen, finds Danny and Reuven now just in their early twenties and approaching the end of their studies. The battle between Orthodox and Reformed beliefs continues along with its consequential effect on Danny and Reuven, and now coming into the arena in addition to Reuven's teachers is Abraham Gordon, the uncle of Reuven's girlfriend Rachel. Then Danny and Reuven have an additional problem to contend with: Abraham Gordon's emotionally disturbed fourteen year old son Michael; the two boys become deeply involved, Danny in his role as a student psychologist and Reuven as Michael's new friend.

As in The Promise there are plenty of discussions centred around the Talmud, but they are so well explained and presented that they are of interest even for someone who has little or no knowledge of such. But the real beauty of the story is the relationship between the characters. The two boys are remarkable individuals who by their modest and respectful attitude along with their devotion to their faith seem to endear them to all whom they meet. Danny and Reuven remain best friends and show complete trust in each other; Reuven's active concern for Michael is very touching; and Reuven's relationship with his father, the love and respect he has for him, is a joy to behold.

The Promise is a remarkable book, a fitting conclusion to the fascinating story which started in The Chosen. Extremely well written, it is an enjoyable, thought provoking and heart warming tale which I highly recommend.
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