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My Name Is Asher Lev Paperback – March 11, 2003
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“Memorable. . . . Profound in its vision of humanity, of religion, and of art.”--The Wall Street Journal
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“Engrossing and illuminating.” --Miami Herald
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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.
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make it hard. However there is a google app specifically for the Asher Lev Yiddish used. At book club we had more discussion on this book than most that we read.
Top international reviews
The quality of this book is that it shows equal sympathy for, on the one hand, Lev's artistic journey and on the other hand, his religious struggle. Just as importantly, Potok brilliantly depicts the context of the community and family. In particular, as with other Potok books, the father-son relationship is lovingly drawn, showing both the pride and pain that arises here.
This is a book to treasure, to read and to re-read, and which will shed new insight each time.
Lev wins out after much emotional turmoil - ars long, vita brevis
Chaim Potok's novel is focused on self-identity, inner torments, beauty in conflict with the reality of a community who does not understand its meaning, and the freedom of art and soul. A real, timeless masterpiece.