My Name Is Asher Lev

Potok, Chaim

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Name Is Asher Lev
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.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2003, c1972
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 1400031044
Branch Call Number: FICTION POTOK 2003
Characteristics: 369 p. ;,21 cm


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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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