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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While Asher’s father is away, Asher gets more into his paintings and neglects his Jewish studies.

If, however, your name is Asher Lev, then, unlike ordinary dual creatures, you come to realize that “paint” begins with pain and ends with the letter that looks like a cross. His father doesn’t understand this because for him drawing is non-sense and he hopes that growing up Asher will stop painting.

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He was told by a great artist who became his teacher that eventually his art would hurt people and the only way to atone for that was pltok become an even greater artist. Yitzchok is one of the first to recognize that Asher’s ability can make a fortune, and he invests in his work. The book does an excellent job of showing how religious beliefs are forced into the children. Rivkeh became very ill and depressed because they were very close. Sarah The c-h of Chaim is pronounced with a guttural Hebrew chet.

I hope I would pick faith, but where I draw the line may different than someone else’s and therefore I run the risk of offending. On a Sunday, around people of all ages worship God in varying styles. I never had to read the The Promise of The Chosen in high school.


He was conflicted between Tradition and Growth. I don’t care if people understand or accept me, I am as I am lotok or without the approval of other people.

Just as they were oppressed and punished for their beliefs, Asher is negatively viewed by his father, his teachers, and his peers. I hated to finish this book, because I loved it so much.

As Asher says as a small boy who refuses to make nice drawings of flowers, “it’s not a pretty world”. My Name Is Asher Lev explores the nature of suffering.

My Name Is Asher Lev

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The characters, the pacing. There is a no apologizes approach to Potok’s description of Jewish life. Open Preview See a Problem? It’s amazing how one can read and comprehend ptook words, and regurgitate ideas to pass a test – but not understand any of it. It takes place from Asher’s youth in the early ‘s through his early adulthood in the late ‘s.

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My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

The climax of the book is a tense, tense read, my friends. One cannot reach a soul through a telephone” 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.

Quelle rare volte che ha tentato di spiegare l’importanza dell’arte nella sua vita, loro non sono riusciti a capire il padre, inoltre, spesso non stava nemmeno ad ascoltarlo. And yet a loving mother and a wise leader give him just enough space that he is able to become a master at a young age.

The whole description of the time when his parents see the painting is very moving. I’d heard many people say how much they loved this book, so when I found it waiting for me on a step stool, I figured I’d take it with me.


I get it already. Refresh and try again. His life becomes a struggle between his father–who tries to stir him away from the arts to more traditionally accepted hobbies all the while trying to understand him–and his need to draw to express himself.

Tanto vale fregarsene dell’approvazione degli altri. Short, perfunctory sentences that made me feel as frustrated with the situation as I felt Asher Lev did with his father who did not get art. 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.

Overall, however, it was an excellent book, and I intend to read The Gift of Asher Lev in the future. His biographical, geographical, historical account of the Jewish race and through travel through time. I loved learning about the prayers, customs, history and vocabulary. May 14, Mike rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Obviously a Jew himself, he doesn’t write for the goyim are you frustrated? This imagery so offends his parents and his community that he is asked to leave. While there were moments in which I wish that information was not withheld like when Asher Lev says that he has told someone something and yet we do not find out what it isit was an overall very good piece.