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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Books like this are wasted on the young. Retrieved February 12, I like the nature and the fleshing out of each of the ashr and how each meant well, despite being firm and passionate in their nature. He is a very deep character with a ton of internal conflict and a lot of passion which he doesn’t understand or know fully how to direct. I find it terribly ironic that I finished it today, on Easter, the holiest day of the year for me as a fervent Christian.

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Within a religion that is grounded, is filled with rules, and requires a lot from its followers, Asher sees a different namd of potential for himself and takes on a passion in art. Please try again later. Obviously a Jew himself, he doesn’t write for the goyim are you frustrated?

And yet a loving mother and a wise leader give him just enough space that aeher is able to become a master at a young age. Although Asher puts his art above every other consideration, he remains, in all other respects, a loyal and observant member of his community.


My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Ashee Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Aug 27, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: A few times, he tells his father that he “can’t control it”, meaning his art.

He started writing fiction at the age of I get it already.

All this comes to a climax when Asher, much to the disapproval of his family, studies with a world-renowned Jewish sculptor, Jacob Kahn, who is non-observant and thoroughly secular. Then become a greater painter. All the recommendations were given at different times and curiously still,from people unrelated to each other – which held the title of the book in my memory for a long time as something of significance, especially in the way that they told me it especially for me.

The discrimination that Asher’s father has against Asher’s artistic tendencies can be related to the suffering of the many Jews in Russia and Germany that were oppressed by the government.

He starts copying the paintings of the crucifixions and nudes, but this would only get him into trouble.

My Name Is Asher Lev

The book is a thinly disguised depiction of the Lubavitch community. Asher’s mother does her best to serve both of their needs, as she studies Russian affairs to assist her husband, while providing Asher with the support and material he needs in order to paint, though most of this Asher gets on his own.

He is kind and generous, and gives Asher a place to stay while his parents are in Europe.


The novel was divided into “books” outlining different parts in Asher’s life and development. I thought it was a perfect book. He is very religiously observant: There seemed to be two statements to me here: Characters Obviously, Asher is the main character.

His biographical, geographical, historical account of the Jewish race and through travel through time. Here are a few of them: Asher grows up to be a formidable artist as an apprentice of Jacob Kahn, and even his father cannot help but be proud of his son’s success. It is the story of a Hasidic boy who loves to draw and paint and has the ability to become a great artist, but his father hates his obsession with art because he thinks it is from the Other Side and is evil.

Asher’s father thinks that his gift is foolish and from the Sitra Achra, or Other Side. The chami is still a living memory for the Jewish community and Stalin was busy being Stalin towards Russian and Eastern European Jews.

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Bisogna difendersi diventando, purtroppo, degli egoisti. What is the better choice? Re-reading it as an adult who has lived life, raised children, studied art – it’s amazing to feel it instead Wow.