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My Name Is Asher Lev

Potok, Chaim (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Name Is Asher Lev
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Asher Lev, born into a devout Jewish family and community, struggles to reconcile his burning need to create art with the restrictions and expectations placed on him by his faith and his people.
Authors: Potok, Chaim
Title: My name is Asher Lev
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2003, c1972
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
Characteristics: 369 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Chaim Potok
Summary: Asher Lev, born into a devout Jewish family and community, struggles to reconcile his burning need to create art with the restrictions and expectations placed on him by his faith and his people.
ISBN: 9781400031047
1400031044
Branch Call Number: FICTION POTOK 2003
Subject Headings: Lev, Asher (Fictitious character) Fiction Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.) Fiction Jews New York (State) New York Fiction Artists Fiction Young men Fiction Jewish families Fiction
Genre/Form: Jewish fiction
Topical Term: Lev, Asher (Fictitious character)
Jews
Artists
Young men
Jewish families
LCCN: 70171131
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Jul 04, 2013
  • DanceFiddler rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The beginning of the story told in The Gift of Asher Lev. This book was first (shame on me for not noticing that right away). A Hasidic Jew grows up with an incredible talent for art and begins to cultivate his skills with mixed reactions from his family and community. Most are against it. Although it’s hard to place myself in such a milieu where painting itself would be such a mortal crime, Potok does an excellent job of helping us understand the consequences of Asher’s choices. Wrenching and deep. I highly recommend immediately reading the sequel.

Dec 04, 2011
  • mberk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Incredible. As usual Potok creates poignant prose using simple, clear, artfully crafted sentences. One of my favorite authors. Words written by any other take on an intensity of meaning with Potok's nuanced understanding and searing juxtaposition of two worlds. I can't wait to read the sequel.

May 10, 2010
  • lorettaslomp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved all the references to different artists and their pieces.

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