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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He was conflicted between Tradition and Growth. He is also denying any sense of religious observance as something special reserved for the Sabbath, rather a part of ordinary life, every hour of every day.

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

I found it very interesting that he was portrayed largely as a pawn in his own life. Axher reading Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited as a teenager, he decided to become a writer.

She also is one of the first people to understand Asher’s artistic gift. Overall, however, it was an excellent book, and I intend to read The Gift of Asher Lev in the future. Paint the anguish of all the chakm. Asher ends up painting crucifixions “because there was no aesthetic mold in his own religious tradition into which he could pour a painting of ultimate anguish and torment.

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. It didn’t just affect her, but it affected her whole family and community.

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Although he will be very lucky in his nxme, Asher’s gift isolates him from his classmates and alienates his father, who ia his pursuit of Art rather than Torah a “foolishness”—the same accusation that Potok’s parents had leveled against his own artistic pursuits. Artists, softwear engineers, and sex workers all alike, ‘sell themselves’ if that means doing something you don’t organically believe in.

This is another realm in which I am an inexperienced traveler.

The Gift of Asher Lev. His Father was very devoted to his family and lived through some pook terrible times for his people. The Librarian by Salley Vickers March: 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.

It was sad to see the parents going along and loving their child all the way through his challenge and loving him at the end too, because that’s what parents do. He once has a very pointed discussion with his father where potko tells him to never call his drawing foolishness again.


This resulted in his aversion to Christian iconography especially the Jesus on the crucifix on chaimm of the historic pogroms perpetuated against his people carried out under those symbols.

Causa dolore, mostra il dolore. 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.

My Name Is Asher Lev

The way that Potok writes, though, he does so in a way that any Jewish reader can chai a sense of connection, while a non-Jewish reader does not only have the ability to connect in an emotional way, but it is written in a way that is accessible and in a way that chiam develop a greater understanding for Hasidism, their rituals, and how they go about mame their G-d.

As his study of art grows he begins to the see the world in terms potokk lines, contours, planes, and colors. The main themes are the relationship between parents and children, the growing up in a religious and oppressive family, the search for identity that fails to emerge because it is suffocated by the surrounding environment; it talks about the inner struggle between a passion and the guilt to hurt the people we love; it talks about art, about an uncontrollable passion and the consequent exclusion from the community in which one grows up.

This imagery so offends his parents and his community that he is asked to leave. I got the general meaning of most things from context, but I still have a long list of terms, phrases and actions to look up and better understand.

I literally expected this to be pure crap, the worst smelly dung so to call it most schoolbooks kind of are, especially the books our English teachers give us except this year, apparently we have better books to read now. The second time around was just as powerful for me. I really can’t say exactly why I liked this book so much but I was completely absorbed in it. Cosa ha risolto con il suo comportamento? Aryeh is close-minded, stubborn, and has difficulty with value systems other than his own.

View all 11 comments. Save money on books reviewed or featured in the Church Times. As Asher grows older, he learns to channel his emotion and energy into his artwork and becomes immensely successful.

Tanto vale fregarsene dell’approvazione degli altri. 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.


He needed the approval of his parents but he isn’t able to talk to them, he is afraid to hurt them; he tried to talk to them but it was unsuccessful. He also… More about Chaim Potok. I, too, had a gift for drawing and know how devastating it is to be not only not encouraged, but actively I hated to finish this book, because I loved it so much.

Stemming from religious revivals in the 18th century in what is now Western Ukraine, they are the fastest-growing form of Judaism, and, in Jerusalem, for example, form more than one third of the population. 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.

Chaim Potok’s “Brooklyn Crucifixion”. Cosa direbbe tuo padre se ti sentisse? From a young age, he discovered in himself not just a talent, but an overwhelming passion, for drawing. The book title itself signals Asher’s issue with self-identity. 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.

Asher’s father worked for a Rebbe think of them as sort of mini-Popes for particular Hasidic Sects; next to God in their righteousnesstraveling the country and later Europe establishing Yeshivas Jewish educational institutions to preserve and grow the studying of the Torah by Jews.

At age 17 he made his first submission to the magazine The Atlantic Monthly. Asher’s parents are also very lucid characters.

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This was an aspect of the book that I really liked, for it made Asher a human being that came with lve for both sides, but yet he certainly had something to offer to the art community. Cyaim each had their own rising action, climax, and hint of resolution. In the tumultuous political climate of Anglo-Saxon England, brutality is everyday, and Hild finds support in her faith in the new religion of Christianity during the bleakest periods of her life.

Re-reading it as an adult who has lived life, raised children, studied art – it’s amazing to feel it instead Wow.