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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I never had the heart to throw it out but, you showed interest so, its a pleasure to give it to you less. But although he remains a pious and observant Jew throughout his life, he is consumed by a different force: I saw his triumphs, his struggles, the choices he had to make and the choices that were forced upon him.

His development throughout the novel was very pook. Jul 25, Deb Readerbuzz Nance rated it it was amazing Shelves: This remains an incredibly powerful moving story about staying true to yourself, and make no mistake, it is not romanticized.

Don’t be this kind of myopic and selfish parent and make sure you aaher your child’s talents and needs. I have the book I grew up looking at that stupid book every day of my life. More importantly, though, he also becomes more sympathetic to nxme struggles his mother and father endured.

I don’t care if people understand or accept me, I am as I am with or without the approval of other people. The most intriguing character in the book is the Rebbe, who has absolute direction over the lives of members of his community.


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But as a great painter I will cause pain again if I must. Visit the Best Christian Books website to see which books made our list, bame the judges’ notes and add your own comments. At first I thought it was about an art prodigy; that a difficult path is taken when your child is special or gifted. Aryeh picks up a position in Europe, which creates a great strain between he and his son, one that has already developed on the basis that Asher is an artist that paints what he sees in as honest a way as possible.

That’s the Jewish term for the Gentile. Anything else is propaganda. And the pain that is yours is not You’re a Hasidic Jew. Namd Lev doesn’t do a lot of things aside from paint and worship for years, but the real story is his internal struggle and his battle with his feelings–it’s pre The first time I read this book–for my 11th grade English class–I read it in one afternoon, and I can honestly say that it changed my life. Ashers drawing causes conflict between him and his parents and the community.

Monday 31 December I found myself relating many times to things that Asher would say or think.

I was disappointed that Asher didn’t have any friends except for older mentors. Via his training, Asher Lev explores awher traditions of beauty. Asher becomes more perceptive and aware of his world and his self. But I paint a painting, not a story. My Name is Asher Lev changed my life because it helped me understand how important it is to discover yourself. Ptook know I read this in Jr. He discovers early that art and drawing is very important to him, which is generally shunned in his culture.


He believes in creating balance between inner emotions and true identity.

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The second time around was just as powerful for me. Also by Chaim Potok. At age 17 he made his first submission to the magazine The Atlantic Monthly. I hate that it has to be a choice, but if you are going to commit yourself that deeply to an art, there will come a time when you have to pick your art or your faith.

After reading this book I found myself going through college trying to absorb all that i could of what my philosophy in life was and how it relates to my work and ‘calling’ to be a landscape architect. InPotok relocated to Jerusalem with his family. When style can add another layer by making you feel Asher’s love of painting, it makes the book beautiful.