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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Yes, came the nsme from the branches of the trees. Cultivating a hands-on way of life. It almost seems that it must be autobiographical. The strife within his family and in his own mind will be the subject of the work which launches Asher Lev to notoriety and success: Mar 29, Tracy rated it it was amazing. Now, I emphatically say that it is one of the best books I have ever read. Apparently, it runs in the family to be jealous of those who can still look forward to unread Chaim Potok novels.

He works for a man named the Rebbe, who is kind of the leader of the worldwide community of Hasidics. But in time his gift threatens to estrange chwim from that world and the parents he adores. 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.

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

The holocaust is still a living memory for the Jewish community and Stalin was busy being Stalin towards Russian and Eastern European Jews. He recognizes and is forced to comes to grip with the tensions and conflicts in his life. View all 6 comments. Rivkeh doesn’t always understand Asher’s art work. Potok received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. I never had to read the The Promise of The Chosen in high school.

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My Name Is Asher Lev

So, with that little sidenote, let me tell you what I thought of the book. Looking for More Great Reads?

During his childhood, Asher is overwhelmed with his passion for drawing and painting so much that he becomes apathetic towards most of the world around him. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. This book also has a lot of great detail about the art world.

Rivkeh became very ill and depressed because they were very close. So I understand why Asher did never say something to his parents: When Asher was a child the narrative is simple, as seen from a child’s perspective.

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Jacob Kahn becomes more than just an art teacher to Asher. Yitzchok -Asher’s wealthy uncle who supports Asher and his art skills. This book reached me on many levels and gave me a lot to think about. Being a reader that approaches this objectively as far as religion is concerned, I feel as if Asher is a very determined, but at the same time an individual that means well, even if it causes grief in his heavily religious parents.

After chaaim years of study at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America he was ordained as a Conservative rabbi.

Throughou Chaim Potok is a brilliant author who refuses to write a page-turning book. Asher becomes very upset about this and complains that he doesn’t want to go to Vienna.

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The final climactic work of Asher truly captures his mother’s character. No girlfriends or buddies. Asher isn’t rebelling intentionally, but he has grown too strongly attached to his art that he can’t help himself. The book follows Asher’s maturity as both an artist and a Jew. I literally expected this to be pure crap, the worst smelly dung so to call it most schoolbooks kind of are, especially the books our English teachers give us except this year, apparently we have better books to read now.


After her anxiety had passed, she decided she wanted to continue her brother’s work. Both are devout practitioners, Asher was raised with strict rules that must be respected and art is considered a work of the devil.

The book title itself signals Asher’s issue with self-identity. She studied German and English at the University of Copenhagen before working as an assistant nurse, crane operator, and, later, teacher. Jun 13, Heidi rated it it was amazing. Can the two be reconciled? But like trips to Paris and having children Cosa penserebbe tuo padre se ti vedesse?

The book does an excellent job of showing how religious beliefs are forced into the children. Asher looks at his hand and reflects on the nature of the gift he has potkk given. He freed himself from all conditioning forces such as religion, community, and popularity pptok an attempt to create a lifestyle in which he could express himself freely.

This is a beautiful book.

He even ensures that Asher learns first French, and then Russian.