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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My mother had it in her bookcase By the end of the book, I could appreciate it for the technique that it was. Yaakov — Asher’s uncle who died in a car crash when Asher was six years old.

Book club: My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok

Oct 18, Lucy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a book I had a hard time finishing. After four years of study at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America he was ordained as a Conservative rabbi.

Where I got the book: As Asher grows older, he learns to channel his emotion and energy into his artwork and becomes immensely successful.

Rivkeh Lev — Rivkeh Lev is torn between her love of her husband and son. Asher’s father thinks that his gift is foolish and from the Sitra Achra, or Other Side.

Asher becomes more perceptive and aware of his world and his self. It is the story na,e a Hasidic boy who loves to draw and paint and has the ability to become a great artist, but his father hates his obsession with art because he thinks it is from the Other Side and is evil.


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 ny do. 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. Tanto vale fregarsene dell’approvazione degli altri. It shows you that more often than not, being true to yourself means not even being sure if you HAVE retained your soul, because at some point, the point of your struggle becomes lost.

My Name Is Asher Lev

Nov 14, Reese rated it really liked it. View all 12 comments. 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 chaom himself. Here we have a prodigy son who at a young age is a Mozart of art, and yet because of his parent’s religious background and beliefs, he is made to believe his gift is bad and useless and that he should conform to their narrow and religious beliefs and forget about the gift.

I was disappointed that Asher didn’t have any friends ahser for older mentors. Can someone meet the responsibilities of being an artist and a Jew without betraying the other? Rivkeh became very ill and depressed because they were very close.


His death had a very profound effect on Asher’s mother.

Intriso di religione fino al midollo, in modo quasi soffocante e inconcepibile per me, ma giustissimo per il libro in questione. Chaom needed to be accepted as he was, me not. Since his childhood, Asher isn’t considered by his parents as a human being of its own with emotions, passions and feelings; they aher never time for him and they never listen to him because they are too busy with their lives.

This imagery so offends his parents and his community that he is asked to leave. Jacob Kahn tells Asher, “As an artist pitok are responsible to no one and to nothing, except to yourself and to the truth as you see it. From a young age, he discovered in himself not just a talent, but an overwhelming passion, for drawing.

le Aug 27, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: Most Popular Past Week. The plot itself was intense. Jun 09, Josh Caporale rated it really liked it. But never to apologize: What I enjoyed most was riding shotgun with a boy who begins as a prodigy and ends as an artist.

His chai, was also very well portrayed. He is very religiously observant: Just as his mother had been stuck between Asher and his father.