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  • Title: I Am the Clay
  • Author: Chaim Potok
  • ISBN: 9780449001127
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback

  • As the Chinese and the army of the North sweep south during the Korean War, an old peasant farmer and his wife flee their village across the bleak, bombed out landscape They soon come upon a boy in a ditch who is wounded and unconscious Stirred by possessiveness and caring the woman refuses to leave the boy behind The man thinks she is crazy to nurse this boy, to risk tAs the Chinese and the army of the North sweep south during the Korean War, an old peasant farmer and his wife flee their village across the bleak, bombed out landscape They soon come upon a boy in a ditch who is wounded and unconscious Stirred by possessiveness and caring the woman refuses to leave the boy behind The man thinks she is crazy to nurse this boy, to risk their lives for some dying stranger Angry and bewildered, he waits for the boy to die And when the boy does not die, the old man begins to believe that the boy possesss a magic upon which all their lives depend.
    Chaim Potok
    Herman Harold Potok, or Chaim Tzvi, was born in Buffalo, New York, to Polish immigrants He received an Orthodox Jewish education After reading Evelyn Waugh s novel Brideshead Revisited as a teenager, he decided to become a writer He started writing fiction at the age of 16 At age 17 he made his first submission to the magazine The Atlantic Monthly Although it wasn t published, he received a note from the editor complimenting his work.In 1949, at the age of 20, his stories were published in the literary magazine of Yeshiva University, which he also helped edit In 1950, Potok graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English Literature.After four years of study at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America he was ordained as a Conservative rabbi He was appointed director of Leaders Training Fellowship, a youth organization affiliated with Conservative Judaism.After receiving a master s degree in English literature, Potok enlisted with the U.S Army as a chaplain He served in South Korea from 1955 to 1957 He described his time in S Korea as a transformative experience Brought up to believe that the Jewish people were central to history and God s plans, he experienced a region where there were almost no Jews and no anti Semitism, yet whose religious believers prayed with the same fervor that he saw in Orthodox synagogues at home.Upon his return, he joined the faculty of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and became the director of a Conservative Jewish summer camp affiliated with the Conservative movement, Camp Ramah A year later he began his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and was appointed scholar in residence at Temple Har Zion in Philadelphia.In 1963, he spent a year in Israel, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on Solomon Maimon and began to write a novel.In 1964 Potok moved to Brooklyn He became the managing editor of the magazine Conservative Judaism and joined the faculty of the Teachers Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary The following year, he was appointed editor in chief of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia and later, chairman of the publication committee Potok received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.In 1970, Potok relocated to Jerusalem with his family He returned to Philadelphia in 1977 After the publication of Old Men at Midnight, he was diagnosed with brain cancer He died at his home in Merion, Pennsylvania on July 23, 2002, aged 73.

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    Commentaires:

    Poiema
    This was an entirely character driven novel, consisting mainly of the inner ruminations of an elderly peasant couple in war torn Korea. Forced to flee their village in the dead of winter, they plod forward on a dangerous journey to a squalid refugee camp. Though they escape bombing, their lives hang on a thread as they hover between starvation and freezing to death. It is not a time for compassion, not a time to incur responsibility for another human being--- but the woman cannot leave that woun [...]

    BOOKLION_01
    I Am the Clay is a touching story about an old couple and a boy trying to survive in a war torn Korea. This was required reading but I enjoyed it nonetheless, though I didn't particularly like the writing style and the book could be slow at times.

    Shelly
    I have enjoyed Chaim Potok's books but found this particular book a bit disappointing. It lacked depth of charactor or emotional connection for me. I would recommend reading his other books if you want to read a good Potok book

    Debbi Koplen
    I am surprised at the lackluster reviews. Although this book was a departure from Potok's usual topics of Jewish social and historical issues, it was nonetheless powerful, riveting, and raw in emotion. It remains as one of my favorite books.

    Angela
    Quietly stunningly beautiful.

    Debbie
    I'm slowly working my way through the reading of each of Chaim Potok's books, so I savor the time in-between, knowing that, in time, I will read another and am confident it too, as the ones before, will be a rewarding and well written novel. I Am The Clay was so different, yet, the haunting story of war varies little from the different landscapes where it takes place. Be it Poland, France, Syria, Sarajevo or Korea Potok has brought the daily struggle, and I mean struggle in a way that most of us [...]

    Jerjonji
    I've loved every Chaim Potok book I've ever read, but this one was a surprise as the author revisits the Korean war from the viewpoint of the refugees. It read like a piece of non-fiction- as you can't create such a real story- it had to happen. I closed it thinking that I know so little about our world and our past, and I'm not alone in that condition. We think we know all the facts, but until you've nearly died in cave, mostly starved, alone, you don't know what it feels like to have your life [...]

    Marian
    So after reading a bunch of youth fiction and romance-type books I decided to find one at the library that held a little more social relevance. Looking for My Name is Asher Lev, I found this book. It was a bit dreary, but what can you expect of a story taking place during the Korean war. I enjoyed the fact that in some way each of the three characters, an old man and his wife and a wounded stranger (a boy), saved each other. The book was mainly told from the old man's perspective, and he was to [...]

    Thom Dunn
    Tedium reigns for the first 100 pages as Korean peasant refugees stuggle day after day after day.but that's kinda the point: The Korean War as seen from the ground up by "little," "unimportant" people. John Updike's Henry Bech once said, speaking of literature, "Importance isn't important". Goes double for people, yes ? Not the most compelling of Potok's nine novels, perhaps, but his only one not dealing directly with Judaism, and not to be missed by those ose whoose who shouldn't miss it.

    Jeff
    Meh

    Kellie
    The strength of survival can be incredible. A story of surviving in the hopes of one day being able to live again. It's difficult to imagine how you could ever truly live again after such harrowing experiences. But quite possibly, surviving through tumultuous and unpredictable events allows you to live more fully in the afterward. Sad, sorrowful, regretful, story.

    Staci
    Simple, compelling and a bit tragic describe all Potok's stories, resulting in captivating reading that sticks in my mind and turns my gut for a few days after. Amazing to read this book with its wrenching Korean wartime plot and remember: this is the same author who created Asher Lev and Davita. Such memorable characters. One of my all time favorite writers.

    Christine Keegan
    Chaim Potok, a Jewish rabbi, once again draws on Christian themes to tell this story. And its a great read.

    Rena Sherwood
    “I Am the Clay” (Ballantine Books, 1992) is a difficult book to get through, even though the paperback is roughly 240 pages long. This is a powerful book about the futility of war through its victims. The country and the main characters are never named, which can help readers fill in the blanks with whatever personal experience they have had. This makes them better identify with the victims’ nightmarish sufferings.“I Am the Clay” is a very strange title choice for a book about the atro [...]

    Lorri
    Chaim Potok often includes Jewish characters in his novels, or writes about daily life as a Jew. In 'I am the Clay, he touches on the Korean War, and three specific individuals and the effects and how the war affects their lives.The Korean War is illuminated in all of its devastating and horrific fashion, through Potok's intense and detailed prose. What impressed me was how the story line was told through the eyes of three individuals, a married couple and the boy they saved from death.I have re [...]

    Jennifer
    I usually love Chaim Potok, though its a long time since I readThe Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as those. It is much starker, which is I suppose appropriate for the stark subject matter. Somber, desperate semiconsciousness seems to be the state of the characters for virtually the whole book, but this makes it less than enjoyable to read, and I think that a more brilliant author, or perhaps Potok on a good day, can make many of the points made here with gr [...]

    Bonita
    The setting for this short novel is South Korea in the early 1950’s. It succeeds in revealing the dignity of the Korean people, while exposing the complexity of their cultural and religious beliefs which make them so puzzling to outsiders.As the old man and old woman flee their mountain village alongside thousands of others toward Seoul, shells explode around them and they’re forced to take refuge in a cold, wet ditch. Beside them is a young boy: alone, barely breathing, and suffering severe [...]

    Sue
    An elderly couple are fleeing southward from their village during the Korean War. They find themselves in a roadside ditch at one point, and find there an injured boy. The old man wants to leave him, but his wife insists that they take the boy with them. Over the next several days, the boy recovers and helps with the daily survival. Gradually the man realizes that good things are happening with the boy around. Re-read in 2014. This is very different from all the other books of Potok's that I've [...]

    Skylar Burris
    Subject verb object. Adjective subject verb object. Subject verb. Subject verb object.That's about what it felt like reading this book. Aside from the jarring, staccato writing style, I was unable to forge a connection with the characters, and I abandoned the book part way through. I'm disappointed, because I have very much liked the three other Potok books I have read so far (The Chosen, The Promise, and My Name Is Asher Lev). I was intrigued to pick up a book in which Potok was finally writing [...]

    Melanie
    I don't know if I would have read this if it had come through me any other way than through my book club. I am the Clay starts of very slow and very sad and told through two old peasants and an orphaned boy during the Korean war. It is about their journey to find safety and their return to the peasants' village. It seems very cold because we only know the name of the boy, his dog, and a neighbor his age in his old village. It is challenging to figure out whose point of view is being stated. Bein [...]

    Susan Peterson
    Nobody does the fine-grained, heartfelt examination of experience like Potok. Here he turns his attention to an elderly refugee couple whose farm was destroyed during the Korean War. They rescue a badly injured boy, who becomes part of their life. The writing is as clear and powerful as Potok's other books. That's the good news and the bad news. Potok offers an experience of pure, distilled misery--hunger, injury, cold and death. As much as I love Potok's writing, I couldn't take it. I ended up [...]

    Penny
    This was a tough read because of the subject matter--- heartwrenching descriptions of the deprivations and degradations of war. I loved the character of the old woman. She could see and feel the power of love. The book beautifully portrays the resilience of the human spirit and puts that beauty side by side with the ugliness of human frailty and the sometimes human inclination to be inhuman. The book also showed how important family is and the love of family. I thought it provided good food for [...]

    Vesvetrupetr
    Příběh o konci času, setkání dvou světů a lidské nezdolnosti. Útěk starce, stařeny a chlapce před korejským válečným běsem a jejich boj s nemocemi, mrazem a hladem připomíná Cestu Cormaca McCarthyho, jen s reálným historickým pozadím a syrovější psychologií postav, které spíše než láska drží pohromadě pud sebezáchovy a vypočítavost.Vedle dokonalého popisu boje o přežití a bezútěšnosti uprchlíků - obyčejných lidí, kterým se ze dne na den změni [...]

    77mswoods
    A cross between The Road and The Good Earth, I Am the Clay tells the story of three refugees during the Korean War, displaced by the horrors of battle from their villages and unlikely allies. The Old Man, the Old Woman, and the Boy become an ersatz family unit as they battle an intense winter and grueling geography in a seemingly unending quest to find some days of peace amidst the chaos of war. When it's all finally over, will their bond remain?I (clearly) loved this book because it reminded me [...]

    Elasha
    Good book, but a bit depressing; written about the Korean war. I liked it enough that I couldn't put it down but have some gripes with the writing style (sudden shifts from third-person narration to the choppy thoughts of the characters with no indication of whose thoughts they were) and the ending (a bit of a let-down). Still, the old man, old woman, and boy were characters I cared about in the end.Apparently Potok was a chaplain in the war. As always with these kinds of books, I was reminded o [...]

    ABC
    This is set during the Korean War. A old Korean couple find a boy and take care of him. I have read one of Potok's books, and had assumed this too would be about Judaism. I learned quite a bit about Judaism from the previous book. In this book, however, I didn't feel like I learned anything new about Korean culture or about war. It seems he is a little out of his depth, relying on over and over again that they are hungry and the spirits and is the boy bad luck or good luck and so on. It is very [...]

    Jared Ure
    It feels pretentious to say that in this book Potok perfectly describes war. I've never survived a war or experienced the horrors of those who are refugees along its periphery. But I can say that I think Potok excels in guiding the reader to an individual concept of the horror of war. His method of shifting between perspectives made the characters more memorable and complete, and I liked that. But I'll not belabor it: "Have thine own way, Lord, have thine own way. Thou art the Potter and I am th [...]

    Sarah
    Chaim Potok is trying to convey a deep meaning, or at least a deep questioning of meaning. However, he also goes to great lengths to portray the sights, sounds, smells--the total feeling of the chaos and helplessness of civilians in war. And that leads to dreary picture after dreary picture. It's similar to a painting that you can appreciate what the artist is expressing, but you wouldn't want in your house. Another big strike against it for me was Potok's frequent use of my least favorite liter [...]

    Lenoir
    Chaim Potok is one of my favorite authors but I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I have his others. However,I ended up enjoying this book very much. I love the way he makes you feel about his characters. This is the story of an elderly Korean couple who are fleeing their village during the Korean War. They find an injured boy and the wife insists on taking him with them. The man goes back and forth between feeling like the boy being there is a curse and feeling like the boy possesse [...]

    jenna
    I Am the Clay was very poetically written. The story itself moves slowly, at least for my taste, and I found myself rushing thru and made a concerted and conscious effort to slow down. The reward was the recognition that every one of Potok's sentences is a little poem unto itself. He isn't wasteful in the least and the high level of intentionality is evident.So, it wasn't a page turner for me, but I am glad to have read it and the story is one I expect to stay with me, along with the characters [...]

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