Books: More Chicken Soup

THE CHOSEN by Chaim Potok. 284 pages. Simon & Schuster. $4.95.

If some future sociologist were to analyze the character of New York City solely on the basis of certain of its novels, he might conclude that the bulk of the population was Jewish, lived in broken-down Brooklyn brownstones and consisted largely of boys, half extremely Orthodox, the other half rebellions. The fathers of these boys, he would discover, were physically infirm but wise and gentle. Of women there were few: a strong, sad-eyed mother or two kneading kreplech day and night, and an...

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