My Name Is Asher Lev
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... show more
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.
Publish date: March 11th 2003
Pages no: 369
Edition language: English
Interesting and passed on to my mother to read. It's the story of a jeswish artist, the struggle he has between his art and his heritage and the difficult choices he has to make to keep his soul satisfied. I found it interesting but really didn't quite engage with the main character. Still echoes...
interesting but not an easy read.I am someone who doesn’t believe in art (or even truth) as a value before all others. So I was irritated and annoyed by Asher Lev and felt that he should have been more considerate of the implications of his heritage and should have had more backbone in resisting bot...
Appeal: I cannot find the words to explain the appeal of this book. I find it terribly ironic that I finished it today, on Easter, the holiest day of the year for me as a fervent Christian....
I have a hard time relating to characters who are deeply devoted to their religion.