My Name Is Asher Lev

My Name Is Asher Lev

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"Memorable...A book profound in its vision of humanity, of religion, and of art." THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Here is the original, deeply moving story of Asher Lev, the religious boy with an overwhelming need to draw, to paint, to render the world he knows and the pain he feels, on canvas for everyone to see. A loner, Asher has an extroardinary God-given gift that possesses a spirit all its own. It is this force that must learn to master without shaming his people or relinquishing any part of his deeply felt Judaism. It will not be easy for him, but he knows, too, that even if it is impossible, it must be done.... "A novel of finely articulated tragic power...Little short of a work of genius." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Publisher: New York, Knopf; [distributed by Random House] 1972.
Edition: [first edition]
ISBN: 9780394461373
Characteristics: 369 pages,22 cm.


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Jun 10, 2017

Required reading for freshmen at the Kansas City Art Institute. Should be required reading for anyone.

Jun 05, 2015

I loved how this book ebbed and flowed with spirituality within a secular world. Its one that had me thinking/feeling long after I had read it and it's sequel, which was equally as haunting.

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Jun 05, 2015

A gorgeously poetic exploration of an artist who must create even when it costs him everything.

Jul 04, 2013

The beginning of the story told in The Gift of Asher Lev. This book was first (shame on me for not noticing that right away). A Hasidic Jew grows up with an incredible talent for art and begins to cultivate his skills with mixed reactions from his family and community. Most are against it. Although it’s hard to place myself in such a milieu where painting itself would be such a mortal crime, Potok does an excellent job of helping us understand the consequences of Asher’s choices. Wrenching and deep. I highly recommend immediately reading the sequel.

mberk Dec 04, 2011

Incredible. As usual Potok creates poignant prose using simple, clear, artfully crafted sentences. One of my favorite authors. Words written by any other take on an intensity of meaning with Potok's nuanced understanding and searing juxtaposition of two worlds. I can't wait to read the sequel.

May 10, 2010

I loved all the references to different artists and their pieces.

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