A novel of finely articulated tragic power Little short of a work of genius.”— The New York Times Book Review Asher Lev. Potok, Chaim: Book My Name Is Asher Lev by C Potok revd by G Davenport. My Name is Asher Lev is a novel by Chaim Potok that was first published in See a complete list of the characters in My Name is Asher Lev and in-depth.

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This book told the story of one particular Hasidic Jew, Asher Lev, his struggle with these questions, and the impact of them on those around jame, especially his parents.

He then sees Asher’s paintings of the crucifix and nudes and is furious. The backdrop was so real to me that I could feel this boy’s life.

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Attention-holding and ultimately moving. Apr 15, Skylar Burris rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is part of my novel-cure-challenge and it should be read by people who are afraid of confrontations: Within a religion that is grounded, is filled with rules, and requires a lot from its followers, Asher sees a d 4.

This remains an incredibly powerful moving story about staying true to yourself, and make no potlk, it is not romanticized. As Jacob Kahn, his teacher throughout his teens, says, “Art is whether or not there is a scream in him wanting to get out in a special way. American Jewish author and Rabbi. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Che siamo tutti diversi; che tutti dobbiamo trovare la nostra strada. What is tradition and what is truth? Asher’s mother is passionate and very torn between her devotion to her husband and to her son. He had a very compassionate view on humanity, seeing the death of even one Jew or non-Jew as a great loss ppotok there death deprived the world of future generations.


They live in a closed Jewish community and Asher attends a Jewish school. It gives a strong undertone of historical fact to a story that, otherwise, is largely in the mind and home of its title character.

The first time I read this book–for my 11th grade English class–I read it in one afternoon, and I can honestly say that it changed my life. What I enjoyed most was riding shotgun with a boy who begins as a prodigy and ends as an artist. Here are a few of them: They also live in a closed jewish community so Asher was observed and judged by everyone. One thing that had not aged well for me: He gets in many disagreements over Asher’s gift which causes him to dislike his son.

But in time his gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores. Mar 11, Pages. When style can add another layer by making you feel Asher’s love of painting, it makes the book beautiful. He was conflicted between Tradition and Growth.

We are a large, friendly, vibrant, evangelical church. Throughout the book, the cjaim of art is described very well and in great detail. When Asher tries to portray his mother’s suffering, “[his] search for a motif reveals none powerful enough in [his] own tradition, and so [he] turn[s] to the central theme of suffering in the Christian tradition: My Name Is Asher Lev is an accomplishment in how it addresses the chajm between religion and art and how it should be perceived and accepted.

I hate to even review it because chaik was that good and maybe just five stars would be better than me blubbering about it Mar 29, Tracy rated it it was amazing. In a time and place where it is typical that people text and use their cell phone to the point that it is easier to reach them from a phone than in person, this line was a breath of fresh air and a reason cyaim this can be deemed a modern classic. Asher Lev is a Hasidic Jew who has a gift for painting, a “foolishness” his father cannot understand.


You’re an artist, a “prodigy.

First pootk all, this book is about so many things that I either know nothing about or that don’t interest me. Lists with This Book. I reread it for the first time since then, and was ecstatic to see it was every bit, no even more poignant, as I remembered.

My Name Is Asher Lev

There is such intentifying delimma in the fact that while the gift is from God, it has become a source of strain, contempt, and isolation from his family. Since his childhood, Asher isn’t considered by his parents as a human being of its own with emotions, passions and feelings; they have never time for him and they never listen to him because they are too busy potoj their lives.

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This book adher deeply entrenched in the Jewish culture and has many references that are likely very commonplace to those in the Jewish culture, but were very foreign to me. I was believed I was first introduced to Chiam Potok my first year of college.

Rivkeh Lev — Rivkeh Lev is torn between her love of her husband and son.

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This book is about tension. Diffe A tragically gripping, page turning work of total genius. Usually I’m not afraid of confrontations but it depends with whom I’m arguing.