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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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He embraces both of their humanities in the creation of his greatest and most dangerous works of art. As he is the main character, art – its history and technique – is a frequent subject matter. The first “Brooklyn Crucifixion”, a work by Asher which plays a central role in the novel’s conclusion, is an actual painting by Potok, who was an accomplished artist as well as a novelist and rabbi; the second Crucifixion, which is described in the book as being superior to the first, does not have a real-life counterpart.

Nov 17, Jenny mg it it was amazing Shelves: Asher grows up to be a formidable artist as an apprentice of Jacob Kahn, and even his father cannot help but be proud of his son’s success.

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Different art professors who meant a lot to me and friends through the years all have urged and recommended me to read this. The way that Potok writes, though, he does so in a way that any Jewish reader can find a sense of connection, while a non-Jewish reader does not only have the ability to connect in an emotional way, but it is written in a way that is accessible and in a way that they develop a greater understanding for Hasidism, their rituals, and how they go about serving their G-d.

All I can chai is to read this book for yourself. It shows you that more often than not, being true to yourself means not even being sure if you HAVE retained your soul, because at some point, the point of your struggle becomes lost.

Asher, though, seems to fall in the middle, where he wants to paint things as he sees them, but at the same time eats kosher, prays three times a day, loves his parents, and cares for those within his Hasidic community. Retrieved from ” https: Then I thought it was like The Namesake and the struggle between parents and children and different generations. 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.


Asher is naturally expected to follow in the family tradition. It was sad to see the parents going along and loving their child all the way through his challenge and loving him at the end too, because that’s what parents do. By sure everyone should find its identity and this should be done with or without confrontations though without an approval it’s more difficult.

The characters were beautifully crafted and empathetic, the descriptions through an artist’s eyes were evocative, and it ended as it should have without pulling any emotional punches.

My Name Is Asher Lev

Profound hcaim its vision of humanity, of religion, and of art. Everything he saw along the streets of New York, every person, comes in his head as something he sees in a particular way and wants to depict.

All this comes to a climax when Asher, much to the disapproval of his family, studies with a world-renowned Jewish sculptor, Jacob Kahn, who is non-observant and thoroughly secular. I’m os sure why, but it was so extremely powerful. He starts copying the paintings of the crucifixions and nudes, but this would only get him into trouble.

She is important to the story because she knows about Siberia and the suffering that Reb Yudel Krinsky went through there. Hasidic Jews are one of the strictest kind of Jews and Asher’s parents mostly his father is super orthodox.

He had a very compassionate view on humanity, seeing the pofok of even one Jew or non-Jew as a great loss as there death deprived the world of future generations.

His art, however, causes conflicts with his family and other members of his community. She is impatient, but cares about her artists. Asher aveva bisogno di essere capito e accettato, io no, quindi continuo a vivere tranquilla e serena e non me ne frega niente se gli altri non mi capiscono o non approvano il mio comportamento.

And this struggle is so real and honest and understandable, that it will make you shout and cry and do whatever at the same time.

InPotok relocated to Jerusalem with leg family. So I understand why Asher did never say something to his parents: The last chapter of the book is fantastic. I’m so glad it finally did. It gives a strong undertone of historical fact to a story that, otherwise, is largely in the asheg and home of its title character.

The story, which begins in the fifties, is set against the persecution of Jews in Russia under Stalin and the Ladovers’ attempts to bring them out mame the dictator’s death. This book is part of my novel-cure-challenge and it should be read by people who are afraid of confrontations: Asher Lev is a Hasid that was born in and grows myy living with his parents, Aryeh father and Rivkeh mother.


Usually I’m not afraid of confrontations but it depends with whom I’m arguing. I hope I would pick faith, but where I draw the line may different than someone else’s and therefore I run the risk of offending. He is a very deep character with a ton of internal conflict and a lot of passion which he doesn’t understand or know fully how to direct.

At the same time, we get a vivid picture of the fashionable New York art scene in which both Asher and his mentor want to succeed and make money. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. However, the gift finally calls upon Asher to paint his masterpiece—a work which uses the symbolism of the crucifixion to express his mother’s torment.

There seemed to be two statements to me here: To see lec your friends thought of this ashef, please sign up. He also lives his painting as a guilt: Mar 29, Tracy rated it it was amazing.

Instead, he simply admits us into his thought, showing the process by which those pictures were created—more than that, showing art as the language through which Asher processes his entire life and conflicted feelings. We first encounter Asher Lev, whose story this is, as a young boy who is growing up as a member of this community. Now you still have the joy of looking forward to reading the book. I gave it 5 stars at first, then decided to lower that to 4.

The Church Times Archive Read reports from issues stretching back tosearch for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention. His powerful gifts as an artist become apparent when he is a small boy, chzim he soon learns that his artistic vision is at odds with a worldview which fears and despises art and puts duty to the family and community as the highest poto.

Where I got the book: I loved that it wasn’t a story about how his parents rejected him because he was different but tried to understand and love their son the best way they knew how and still maintain their faith. Though not Jewish myself, I have read a great many novels with Jewish settings, but cannot think of any that immerse me so deeply in the culture as Potok’s novels: I had to learn it all too.