In the Beginning

In the Beginning

by Chaim Potok
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In the Beginning by Chaim Potok

David Lurie learns that all beginnings are hard. He must fight for his place against the bullies in his Depression-shadowed Bronx neighborhood and his own frail health. As a young man, he must start anew and define his own path of personal belief that diverges sharply with his devout father and everything he has been taught....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449209110
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/12/1986
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.91(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Chaim Potok was born in New York City in 1929. He graduated from Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was ordained as a rabbi, and earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as editor of the Jewish Publication Society of America. Potok’s first novel, The Chosen, published in 1967, received the Edward Lewis Wallant Memorial Book Award and was nominated for the National Book Award. He is author of eight novels, including In the Beginning and My Name Is Asher Lev, and Wanderings, a history of the Jews. He died in 2002.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
My all time favorite. I recommend this to anyone. Its just a fantastic book, overshadowed by other great works as The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev, both which dont hold a candle to this book.
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Ed-Philosopher More than 1 year ago
Averse to books (and movies) with gratuitous sex and violence? Try Chaim Potok. His books tend to honor the gentle, sensitive (see HSPerson.com) intellectual. In this book, you follow the childhood of David Lurie, a Jewish boy growing up in 1930s and '40s Bronx (New York). An early injury leaves him physically weak and vulnerable to teasing, but his scholarly talents, vivid imagination, and tight-knit community allow him to grow into a fine young adult with the courage to forge his own way, even when that means challenging some of the religious values of his family and friends.
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