By Chaim Potok Reading Group Guide This reading group guide for The Chosen includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion.
Carnelian is of the Masters, cruel beings who rule their kingdom from an earthly paradise hidden in a crater that is the navel of the world. Soon after he is born, Carnelian's father takes him across the sea to an island in the colourless north. Far from the Crater's rituals and pomp, their household is allowed to become a family to the boy and the world of the Masters fades to alluring fairy tale.
In deepest winter, years later, a ship comes riding before the gales, three Masters her only cargo. As these giants remove their masks of gold, Carnelian is awed by the light that seems to radiate from their skin.
In formal conclave they ask Carnelian's father to end his exile and return with them to oversee the election of a new God Emporer. His father's agreement feeds Carnelian's longing for the world beyond the sea, but as the days pass Carnelian watches with growing horror as the ship's needs devour his home.
The Masters are indifferent, imperious, concerned only with their blood politics, their majesty. As his father becomes strangely powerless, Carnelian strives to save his people, but when the ship turns her pro towards the stormy sea he knows that he is abandoning them to famine among the ruins of his former home.
This is the beginning of Carnelian's journey. The terror of the tempest yields to the weary grind along the road, the climb up the forbidding cliff wall to the Guarded Land and then the frantic rush into the deep south.
Carnelian's education, which began with the starving of his people, proceeds with bitter lessons in bloodshed, intrigue and betrayal. When they finally reach the Canyon of the Three Gates, which leads into the Crater, Carnelian finds both love and treachery, but it is here within the Heaven Wall that he will set in motion the concluding events in a story already ten thousand years old.EBOOK SYNOPSIS: The perfect companion to Chaim Potok’s "The Chosen," this study guide contains a chapter by chapter analysis of the book, a summary .
Chaim Potok has 39 books on Goodreads with ratings. Chaim Potok’s most popular book is The Chosen. Sep 01, · The Chosen: Book Review phwa_ly The Chosen by Jewish-American writer Chaim Potok is about two young Jewish boys, Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders, who practice Judaism at different extremities, and ironically live just blocks from each other in .
The Chosen was nominated for a National Book Award in and made into a successful film in Its sequel, The Promise () was the winner of an Athenaeum Award.
Potok is also the author of a nonfiction volume, Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews (), as well as several short stories and articles that have been published in 4/5(41). The Chosen Summary. While Chaim Potok's central characters in The Chosen struggle between the spiritual obligations of Orthodox Judaism and secular American life, they also reflect universal conflicts between fathers and leslutinsduphoenix.com novel, Potok's first, was published in and enjoyed a wide readership, as well as critical acclaim.
This first novel, ostensibly about the friendship between two boys, Reuven and Danny, from the time when they are fourteen on opposing yeshiva ball clubs, is actually a gently didactic differentiation between two aspects of the Jewish faith, the Hasidic and the Orthodox.