I wanted to write a long review on this marvelous novel ..However I think I won't find enough words to describe my admiration!
This is the sequel of Potok's novel "The Chosen" Which I didn't think anything can beat it , We have the same old characters beside lots of other new scholars and their families.
Potok continues drawing his characters that you feel you already can see & feel them , his major strength point in writing is the dialogue between characters and the description of places & people that is neither lengthy nor too short.. His weak point is the description of discussions without focusing on a single topic or giving an example .. maybe I wanted that cos I liked to focus on how do Jews study their religious books, are they complex? how they find contradictions & assertions in other places? and so many real questions not imaginary situations.
Our old characters (Danny & Reuven) have been matured now, one can't do anything but fall in love with Danny's character, while Reuven drove me crazy with his silence in so many important situations .." he just didn't find anything to say" quoting the writer in so many places..
I was amazed by the similarities between Hasidics and Radical Muslims, they get married to virgins, the separation between males & females while worshiping and even in weddings!! This came to me as a shock ..so we "Muslims" are not the only reserved people in the world! and religious people in all around the world had many things to share!! Even the strange feelings that Reuven , Rachel & her family felt while dealing with Danny's family was a great deal to consider!
During the middle chapters and the confrontations/contradictions between East Europe method of teaching, Pink Floyd's The Wall-Part2 was running in my mind in the background : "We don't need no education ..We don't need no thought control" !!
Potok simply reserve Noble Prize, I wonder why he didn't get it till now!
P.S: Again I'm here evaluating the literature and the great gift the writer has as you can imagine how different his thoughts can be from an Arab Muslim girl! Reply