Chaim Potok | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Washington Post Book World

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SOURCE: "Diaspora," in Washington Post Book World, December 3, 1978, p. E5.

In the following review, the critic finds shortcomings in Wanderings but marks the presence of "occasionally brilliant" passages.

Babylonian chroniclers wrote, in two columns, the histories of Assyria and Babylonia side by side; during their captivity in Babylonia, Jewish scribes adopted the practice as they synchronized the histories of Judah and Israel. In a way, Chaim Potok now has done the same thing, matching the reigns of Abraham and Saul and David to the advancing civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and tracing the movements of the Hebrew peoples eventually through the development of Islam and Christianity. It is an intriguing concept, and one which lends a more solid basis to the ambiguous history related in the Bible. Unfortunately, Potok, who has formerly stuck to fiction for...

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