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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In addition to giving a not unsympathetic picture of a Hasidic community, the novel vividly conveys the strength of an artistic vocation, and how art enables us to see the world differently. But as a great painter I will cause pain again if I must.

The book follows Asher’s maturity as both an artist and a Jew. Where I got the book: That a reconciliation and a growth of mutual respect was possible. As he reflects on his past he realizes the anguish and hardship his Mother endured trying to bridge the gap between himself and his father.

These are not easily answered because they are so unique to every person. Instead of concentrating in class, he draws — sometimes on the pages of sacred books, to the horror of his teachers at the Yeshiva.

He discovers early that art and drawing is very important to him, which is generally shunned in his culture. This resulted in his aversion to Christian iconography especially the Jesus on the crucifix on top of the historic pogroms perpetuated against his people carried out aasher those symbols. Rimedi letterari per ogni aaherleggere questo libro dovrebbe aiutare le persone che non amano il confronto e gli scontri; dovrebbe aiutarli a darsi una svegliata per non vivere come Asher.

My Name Is Asher Lev explores the nature of suffering.

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The characters, the pacing. I loved learning about the prayers, customs, history and vocabulary. His Father was very devoted to his family and lived through some very terrible times for his people. These are merely some of the main topics that I could think of quickly. Secondo le autrici di Curarsi con i libri: New and exciting role for experienced priest to build up deanery team based around Launceston town and surrounding villages.


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If I read anything else in that is as good as this, I’ll be a lucky woman. Throughout the book, the art of art is described si well and in great detail.

He believes in creating balance between inner emotions and true identity. Short, perfunctory sentences that made me feel as frustrated with the situation as I felt Asher Lev did with his father who did not get art.

Now you still have the joy of looking forward to reading the book. The beauty of this book is that it doesn’t sugar coat being true to yourself.

Brought up to believe that the Mg 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. May 06, Tim rated it it was amazing. I gave it 5 stars at first, then decided to lower that to 4.

I found the family dynamic heart-breaking and real. The tension between his family’s legacy going back many generations and an integral part of how Asher views his placein the world and the path he chooses for himself.

She is important to the story because she knows qsher Siberia and the suffering that Reb Yudel Krinsky went through there. View all leg comments.

Want to Read saving…. He once has a very pointed discussion with his father where he tells him to never call his drawing foolishness again. And wow, I couldn’t have imagined a worse way for him to express his artistic vision if I’d sat down and thought it out with both hands. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy. It seems like there was a lot to say about the whole mission of this particular branch of the Jewish Religion.

Archived from the original on May 10, Retrieved from ” https: InPotok relocated to Jerusalem with his family. And this is the very first book I read where I applied these principles to my own life and discovered the power that lies in literature not only to provide an escape from reality but also to provide guidance and light as I work to confront it and thrive.


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Books like this are wasted on the young. He is kind and generous, and gives Asher a place to stay while his parents are in Europe. But let’s start with the pronouncement that seems to center the book for me: He became Asher’s mentor and taught him fundamental techniques that would namme and improve the overall progression of Asher’s artistic future.

Asher absolutely refuses to go to Vienna with his parents, and, furthermore, prevails on his mother to stay with him in New York rather than support her husband in Europe.

Different art professors who meant a lot to me and friends through the years all have urged and recommended me to read this. I cannot find the words to explain the appeal of this book. Asher becomes a world famous artist despite his father’s wishes, and his masterpiece is an incredible piece. May 25, Jeana rated it it was amazing Recommended to Jeana by: Part of being an artist is coming to terms with this displacement. 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 with their lives.

It was hard for me to respond to Asher Lev’s need to draw and paint. Yitzchok -Asher’s wealthy uncle who supports Asher and his art skills. Just a painting, the reader is left to interpret those for himself. He was conflicted between Tradition and Growth.