on 10 November 2010
This is one of Potok's more complex works. Although some of the troops of the book will be familier to those who have read other Potok Novels (The Chosen, the Promise, the Book of Lights, e.c.t.,) they are more subtle in this work than others. The story focuses on the growing up off David Lurie, in a New York Jewish family before and during the great depression. As with many of Potoks work much of the action takes place in a Jewish religious framework (a Jewish School and yeshivah) and another familer Potokian theme is that of what to when confronted with a truth that may challenge ones life-style or belief. The style of the book is more fragmented than some of Potoks other works and is written from the prespective of a man (possible an old man) looking back on his life and remembering what happened. Rather than as a 'real time' novel. I greatly enjoyed this novel. It is, perhaps, not as easy as the Promise. But it is worth the effort. Maybe not the best Potok novel to start with but it will be welcomed by any Potok fans, or indeed others who will give it the time it deserves.