Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews

by Chaim Potok

Book, 1978



Call number

700 POT



New York : Knopf, 1978.


Based upon the Bible, archaeological notebooks, and the writings of scribes, this work chronicles the six thousand years of Jewish history from Sumer, through medieval Christendom, to modern secular societies.

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LibraryThing member edwardhenry
Have officially given up on this book, after reading over 100 pages. I loved Potok's novels, and I was hoping that his history of the Jews would hold my interest as well as his Jewish fictions--but alas. His writing is middling: he does not write with the authority of an expert (which he admittedly
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is not), but still attempts to cover as much ground as he can (the book is huge, given the subject matter). Potok's novelistic tendencies betray him here, leading to him speculate rather unhelpfully about the thoughts and desires of his ancestors.

Perhaps his material on the Middle Ages and modern Jews would make for a better read, but I don't think I'll ever find out.
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Original publication date



0394501101 / 9780394501109

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