Sep 26, 2013

Zebra and Other Stories

by Chaim Potok

One of my very favorite authors is Chaim Potok. Astonishing that I haven't really written about any of his books yet. And this has got to be the only one that I'm not really crazy about. Short stories about teenagers. Each one rather unique. There is a boy with an injured hand learning to use it again in art class, a pair of young girls who become sisters when their widowed parents marry, a teen dealing with the death of her baby brother, a girl who must confront a bullying drug-dealer, and a girl dealing with the turmoil caused by an airplane collision over her school. Potok is the master of understatment, and usually I enjoy reading his stories and getting immersed in the characters, reading between the lines. But here it didn't quite work as well. Still good, but something just missing in it for me.

Rating: 3/5 ........ 160 pages, 1998


Jenny @ Reading the End said...

I love The Chosen and reread it all the time, but I haven't read a single other book by Potok. What would you recommend, if not this one?

Jeane said...

The sequel to The Chosen, which is The Promise. My other favorites are Davita's Harp and My Name is Asher Lev (about an artist!) I also like In the Beginning, but it's a bit slower than the others.