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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Asher becomes very upset about this and complains that he doesn’t want to go to Vienna.

There is such intentifying delimma in the fact that while the gift is from God, it has become a source of strain, contempt, and isolation from his family.

Asher had this urge, I guess you could say, to paint, to study art, to learn about the artistic world that was very different from the world of Hasidism. In the middle is Asher’s mother, who in Asher’s early childhood was severely traumatized by the death of her brother, who was killed while traveling for the Rebbe; potol suffers anxiety for her husband’s safety during his almost constant traveling. The climax of the book is a tense, tense read, my friends.

I get it already. Asher’s mother is passionate and very torn between her devotion to her husband and to her son. Asher’s mother, Rivkeh, is torn in two, not only between her husband and her son, but ie between two radically different ways of honoring God—through a life of practical good works, or through following the truth of a God-given spirit. But never to apologize: Yet the gift will not be denied, and finally the Rebbe intercedes and allows Asher to study under one of the greatest living artists, Jacob Kahn, a non-observant Jew who is an admirer of the Rebbe.

At the same time, we get a azher picture of the fashionable New York art scene in which both Asher and his mentor want to succeed and make money. He received an Orthodox Jewish education. He was conflicted between respecting his parents and becoming his own person. Did he solve his problem behaving this way? As he travels Europe he sees all the good his frequently absent father brought to many Jewish communities.


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Paint the anguish of all the world. Sente il bisogno irresistibile di esprimere le sue emozioni ed i suoi sentimenti attraverso la pittura.

Oct 18, Lucy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Re-reading it as an adult who has lived life, raised children, studied art – it’s amazing to feel it instead of just read it. Books by Chaim Potok. 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. Mar 29, Tracy rated it it was amazing. The first “Brooklyn Crucifixion”, a work by Asher which plays a central role in the novel’s conclusion, is an actual painting by Potok, who was an accomplished artist as well as a novelist and rabbi; the second Crucifixion, which is described in the book as being superior to the first, does not have a real-life counterpart.

It is painful that the parents ashr never able to understand the world of ashfr and their son’s gift. He once has a very pointed discussion with his father where he assher him to never call his drawing foolishness again. Asher is able to bring out his feelings and emotions, his identity and personality, only through his oev though he knows his parents won’t understand. I’m glad I read this one.

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New and exciting role for experienced priest to build up deanery team based around Launceston town and surrounding villages. Jul 01, Pages. Dear tokens of my passion. As his study of art grows he begins to the see the world in lotok of lines, contours, planes, and colors.

Nov 22, Brent rated it really liked it Shelves: All this comes to a climax when Asher, much to the disapproval of his family, studies with a world-renowned Jewish sculptor, Jacob I, who is non-observant and thoroughly secular.

You’re an artist, a “prodigy. Extraordinary things described in everyday words; the absence of italics. Luckily, Asher’s mother was more understanding a loving than his father. Everything he saw along the streets of New York, every person, comes in his head as something he sees in a particular way and wants to depict. Asher Lev grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving around a charismatic Rebbe.


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,ev Kahn — Jacob Kahn is a successful artist. Other stories Malcolm Guite: Asher, his Hasidic Jewish family and life, his art, his youth, his sadness.

Now that is something I have a hard time understanding, so I’m a bit torn as to how to identify with the author’s message. Characters Obviously, Asher is the main character. Instead, he simply admits us into his thought, showing the process by which those leev were created—more than that, showing art as the language through which Asher processes his entire life and conflicted feelings.

My Name Is Asher Lev

I found it to be emotionally resonating and sympathetic. That sort of passion would probably cause problems in any family anme when you are a Hasidic Jew and the son of an important emissary of cjaim Rebbe whose life iw is to create safe places to teach the Torah to religious Jews throughout Europe, that passion tears apart a family.

View all 11 comments. 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: I am not Jewish, was not raised in a religious community, did not see my community nearly exterminated during the worst conflict in the 20th century, and couldn’t draw a properly proportioned stick figure to save my life.

Causa dolore, mostra il dolore. A few times, he tells his father that he “can’t control it”, meaning his art. Aryeh is close-minded, stubborn, and has difficulty with value systems other than his own.