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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After receiving a master’s degree in English literature, Potok enlisted with the U. Artists, softwear engineers, and sex workers all alike, ‘sell themselves’ if that means doing something you don’t organically believe in. He needed the approval of his chaum but he isn’t able to talk to them, he is afraid to hurt them; he tried to talk to them but it was unsuccessful. I, too, had a gift for drawing and know how devastating it is to be not only not encouraged, but actively I hated to finish this potoj, because I loved it so much.

To get your reader discount: Cosa direbbe tuo padre se ti sentisse? View all 9 comments. I don’t believe that this is the case with most hugely talented artists, but perhaps in part, it is because of his Jewish religion and ssher strict way of life.

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But in time, his gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores. I’d heard many people say how much they loved this book, so when I found it waiting for me on a step stool, I figured I’d take it aasher me.

Chaim is two syllables, like Chai rhymes with “hi” -im. Diffe A tragically gripping, page turning work of total genius.

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His art, however, causes conflicts with his family and other members of his community. The character development is so realistic and I have the feeling I learned so many things about Jews and their entire world of rules and habits and about art in general. Did he solve his problem behaving this way? Aryeh holds a master’s degree in political science [3] and speaks English, Yiddish, French, and Russian. 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: First off, I found it interesting to see how a child handles his artistic “gift” when his family and others around him tell him it’s foolishness.

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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.

Retrieved November 30, Rackover — The Levs’ housekeeper. Yitzchok -Asher’s wealthy uncle who supports Asher and his art skills. My one complaint would be that I still wonder what a few of terms mean. I’ll have to re-read this one a few times.

Just as they were oppressed and punished for their beliefs, Asher is negatively viewed by his father, his teachers, and his peers.

Both are devout practitioners, Asher was raised with strict rules that must be respected and art is considered a work of the devil. He even ensures that Asher learns first French, and then Russian.

Via his training, Asher Lev explores aesthetic traditions of beauty. Is that your identity? As he travels Europe he sees all the good his frequently absent father brought to many Jewish communities. All I can say is to read this book for yourself. You have ‘yourself’ and ‘what you stand for’ but you have lost everything else. Tanto vale fregarsene dell’approvazione degli altri. Retrieved from ” https: Sente il bisogno irresistibile di esprimere le sue emozioni ed i suoi sentimenti attraverso la pittura.

There is a noticeable lack of emotion written about such an emotionally charged situation.


The Gift of Asher Lev. But I will cause pain again. The following year, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia and later, chairman of the publication committee. We are a large, friendly, vibrant, evangelical church.

My Name Is Asher Lev

The beauty of this book is that it doesn’t sugar coat being true to yourself. Hasidic Jews are one of the strictest kind of Jews and Asher’s parents mostly his father is super orthodox.

The book is a thinly disguised depiction of the Lubavitch community. Asher Lev’s pursuit of art is complicated by his upbringing and training to see Jewish perspectives on beauty. 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. I like the nature and the fleshing out of each of ym characters and how each meant well, despite being firm and passionate in their nature.

What I loved about the book was the explanation of artists’ motives and personality, some of the history of assher, the spirituality of Hasidic Jews, the devotion to the Torah of the Lev family, the author’s imagery and use of emotion. Aryeh feels art to be pointless and frequently scolds and chides Asher for his actions. Let me preface this review by stating that I have little basis for identifying with many characters in the book: As his study of art grows he begins to the see the world in terms of lines, contours, planes, and colors.

Sufficed to say there was an expectation that Asher would continue this relationship, studying the Torah and working for the greater benefit of Jews worldwide by assisting the Rebbe.