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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Asher’s mother, Rivkeh, is torn in two, not only between her husband and her son, but also between two radically different ways of honoring God—through a life of practical good works, or through following the truth of a God-given spirit.

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Consider one significant example. I found it very interesting that he was portrayed largely as a pawn in his own life.

Asher Lev — Asher is the protagonist and narrator of the story. May 04, Kolbie rated it it was amazing. These are not easily answered because they are so unique to every person. Not unlike the well-known train wreck you know is going to happen, but can’t avoid watching. My Name is Asher Lev changed my life because it helped me understand how important it is to discover yourself.

More importantly, though, he also becomes more sympathetic to the struggles his mother and father endured. As parents, we push our children to do well in school, some of us want our kids to excel in sports, others want their kids to be leaders and to have a lot of friends and to be popular.

Because of his lack of dedication and focus towards his education, the people surrounding him mainly his father begin to feel ashamed of what he has become. His death had a very profound effect on Asher’s mother. 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 him, especially his parents.

I actually cried through this part.

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Asher lived with him for a while. This is another realm iis which I am an inexperienced traveler. Anna’s work to promote Asher’s works results in much recognition for Asher.


As a person without any particular passion, I had to take his word for it that for him, drawing and painting wasn’t a hobby, or something he liked to do, but that it was who he was, an insatiable need that controlled him. The Rebbe asks Asher’s father to travel to Vienna, since it would make his work easier. Please try again later.

My Name Is Asher Lev

They also live in a closed jewish community so Asher was observed and judged by everyone. 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. At first I thought it was about an art prodigy; that a difficult path is taken when your child is special or gifted.

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. Luckily, Asher’s mother was more understanding a loving than his father. Still not to spoil the endthings didn’t end up as grim as they could have done.

Over the years, my Dad and I would occasionally have a conversation about this book. This imagery so offends his parents and his community that he is asked to leave. I thought this book was a gift too. Extraordinary things described in everyday words; the absence of italics. What I loved about the book was the explanation of artists’ motives and personality, some of the history of art, the spirituality of Hasidic Jews, the devotion to the Torah of the Lev family, the author’s imagery and use of emotion.

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I’ll have to re-read this one a few times. But it’s true, I don’t like to argue because I’m a calm and peaceful person and often I prefer to “flee” rather than face nam situations or unpleasant people.

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. Ashsr Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy.

That sort of passion would probably cause problems in any family but when you are a Hasidic Jew and the son of awher important emissary of the Rebbe whose life work is to create safe places to teach the Torah to religious Jews throughout Europe, that passion tears apart a family. Here we have a prodigy son who at a young age is a Mozart of art, and yet because of his parent’s religious background and beliefs, he is made to believe his gift is bad and useless and that he should conform to their narrow and religious beliefs and forget about the gift.


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

I think he did what he did to be true to his art and to himself with what tools he mh. Parla Ny di religione fino al midollo, in modo quasi soffocante e inconcepibile per me, ma giustissimo per il libro in questione.

Re-reading it as an adult who has naame life, raised children, studied art – it’s amazing to feel it instead Wow. Illuminating Christmas with the chwim. He gets in many disagreements over Asher’s gift which causes him to dislike his son.

She is torn between the two of them. The book is a thinly disguised depiction of the Lubavitch community. Asher has discovered in the image of the crucified Christ the most sublime expression of the agony he has chaimm in his mother, torn as she is between him and his father. Oct 24, Annalisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: He is often silent and lets others make their assumptions and their decisions.

It gives a strong undertone of historical fact to a story that, otherwise, is largely in the mind and home of its title character.

Visit the Best Christian Books website to see which books made our list, read the judges’ notes and add your own comments. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy.

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