A review of chaim potoks novel my name is asher lev

The Mashpia calls him in to talk to him about how he is doing. Throughou Chaim Potok is a brilliant author who refuses to write a page-turning book. This imagery so offends his parents and his community that he is asked to leave.

My Name Is Asher Lev

At a major show in New York, Asher displays these paintings. During his childhood, Asher is overwhelmed with his passion for drawing and painting so much that he becomes apathetic towards most of the world around him. Asher, however, refuses to go along. It all builds up to this pinnacle of frustration, this burst of emotion that brings the most hurt to his parents although that is what his art is about The Rebbe calls Asher into his office and asks him to leave the community.

Asher maintains his religious observance while there. But, because I feel rather apathetic about the characters, I am not in any great rush to find out about the ultimate resolution though apparently a third book was also planned, but Potok has since passed away before its publication Beanon August 31, Had it not been for my book club, I most likely would never have stumbled across this book.

Jacob Kahn — Jacob Kahn is a successful artist. He moves on to Rome and then Paris. Toward the end, Jacob Kahn withdraws for a few days, in an awful mood. When Aryeh leaves to go back to Europe, Asher resolves to improve his scholastic performance.

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Rivkeh finally decides to move to Vienna without him, so that she can be with her husband. Plot[ edit ] This is the story of Asher Lev, a boy born with a prodigious artistic ability into a Hasidic Jewish family, set in the s in the time of Joseph Stalin and the persecution of Jews and religious people in the Soviet Union.

What is the better choice? Because of his lack of dedication and focus towards his education, the people surrounding him mainly his father begin to feel ashamed of what he has become.

Throughout my entire reading of it, I kept thinking the book was about "this" or "that", only to be surprised by realizing the subject matter went far deeper. I had to learn it all too. As Asher grows older, he learns to channel his emotion and energy into his artwork and becomes immensely successful.

He is extremely firm, and usually so in a demeaning manner. As he is the main character, art - its history and technique - is a frequent subject matter.

I actually cried through this part. He believes in creating balance between inner emotions and true identity.

A book, most definitely, worth reading. It is a joyous summer dedicated to painting.


Jacob Kahn becomes more than just an art teacher to Asher.After reading Chaim Potok’s novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, I suddenly felt inclined to run to my local stationary store and stock up on the art materials necessary to paint a landscape of Jerusalem, or perhaps a self-portrait.

Asher Lev is a child with an extraordinary gift for painting. His father, Aryeh, is an emissary for the Rebbe, the leader of the Ladover Hasidic community.

When he is younger, his uncle, His mother Rivkeh's brother, dies and it destroys her. My Name Is Asher Lev is a novel by Chaim Potok, an American author and rabbi. The book's protagonist is Asher Lev, a Hasidic Jewish boy in New York City. Asher is a loner with artistic inclinations.

My Name Is Asher Lev is another powerful Potok novel about ‘core conflict’ between the artistic spiritual voice inside a man’s soul, and the Hasidic culture in which he grows up and in which he is so tutored by the memory of his legendary ancestor, as well as by the lives led by his grandfather and father/5().

I had not previously even heard of Chaim Potok as an author, but clearly I've been missing something important.

This book showed up on the reading list for my classics book club, so I Read full review4/5(36). About My Name Is Asher Lev “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.

A review of chaim potoks novel my name is asher lev
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