Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I Am the Clay by Chaim Potok

Have thine own way, Lord. Have thine own way. Thou art the potter, I am the clay.

This book is very different from the other Chaim Potok novels I have read. Instead of focusing on Jewish family life, this story follows a boy left orphaned by the Korean War. Ancestor worship and appeasement of spirits play a central role in the characters' lives, and the boy's "magic" comes to bring his new, odd family together. It left me wondering who was the potter and who was the clay.

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