My Name Is Asher Lev

My Name Is Asher Lev

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"A novel of finely articulated tragic power. . . . Little short of a work of genius."-- The New York Times Book Review

Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy. In this stirring and often visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Asher's passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other subject only to the imagination.

Asher Lev grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving around a charismatic Rebbe. But in time, his gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores. As it follows his struggle, My Name Is Asher Lev becomes a luminous portrait of the artist, by turns heartbreaking and exultant, a modern classic.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c1972
ISBN: 9781400031047
1400031044
9780449911686
0449911683
Branch Call Number: POT
Characteristics: 369 p

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Sethman1998
Jun 10, 2017

Required reading for freshmen at the Kansas City Art Institute. Should be required reading for anyone.

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SHANOAHSASTAR
Jun 05, 2015

I loved how this book ebbed and flowed with spirituality within a secular world. Its one that had me thinking/feeling long after I had read it and it's sequel, which was equally as haunting.

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Jun 05, 2015

A gorgeously poetic exploration of an artist who must create even when it costs him everything.

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DanceFiddler
Jul 04, 2013

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.

mberk Dec 04, 2011

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.

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lorettaslomp
May 10, 2010

I loved all the references to different artists and their pieces.

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