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Download My Name Is Asher Lev Reader ✓ 369 pages ✓ Chaim potok ¸ 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 itD 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 classi I've heard good things about Potok's Chosen and it sounds like that's his book that most people have read I enjoyed his style here and I suspect I'll pick up The Chosen to read later ContentTheme Before commenting on anything else I need to comment on the theme and content of the book This book is deeply entrenched in the Jewish culture and has many references that are likely very commonplace to those in the Jewish culture but were very foreign to me I got the general meaning of most things from context but I still have a long list of terms phrases and actions to look up and better understandThis book also has a lot of great detail about the art world This is another realm in which I am an inexperienced traveler I had a better understanding of art than Judaism but there were still numerous names periods phrases and theories that I didn't understand directlyOne suggestion that I would make which added huge depth to me is to Google the names of the various paintingssculpuresartists that are referenced and that Asher studies intently Some are important than others but just seeing what it is he's seeing and experiencing brought a huge new depth to the book Characters Obviously Asher is the main character He is a very deep character with a ton of internal conflict and a lot of passion which he doesn't understand or know fully how to direct His development throughout the novel was very subtle I found it very interesting that he was portrayed largely as a pawn in his own life A few times he tells his father that he can't control it meaning his art In much of the dialog that happens between Asher and most characters he is largely a character who isn't directing the actions of his world He is often silent and lets others make their assumptions and their decisions And yet through that silence he imposes his will on those who are closest to himAsher's parents are also very lucid characters Asher's mother is passionate and very torn between her devotion to her husband and to her son The final climactic work of Asher truly captures his mother's character His father was also very well portrayed I found myself frustrated with him at times but also sympathizing with him There was a section where Asher tries to explain art to his father going into the technical artistic terms and phrases That scene was a very profound description of the huge disparity between their two worldsThe other characters in the book were largely there as tools either for Asher's own development or for exploring the gap between Asher's two worlds art and Judaism PlotWritingPacing There were times that I would have liked the story to pick up the pace a bit The descriptions were great very artistic and the depth that the scenes gave to Asher and his family and friends was huge I'm not sure what scenes I would have cut or tightened up but there were times that I would to have liked it to speed up a littleThe plot itself was intense The novel was divided into books outlining different parts in Asher's life and development Each book built on those before it and none of the sections came to a final conclusion or at least to a happy ending Even though I would not like to see them split into stand alone books looking back I see that as a possibility They each had their own rising action climax and hint of resolution And together through the course of the novel they provided an overall rising action with the final book having the greatest climax before the final resolution Overall Even though this book focussed on conflict between art and Judaism it goes much deeper than that dynamic I found myself relating many times to things that Asher would say or think He was conflicted between his religious heritage and the carnal world He was conflicted between respecting his parents and becoming his own person He was conflicted between Tradition and Growth He was conflicted between two things that were both good So much of his character development embodies principles that apply to us allThe story and the writing was very interesting and thought provoking I enjoyed reading it The final climax made my soul churn as I realized there was no happy way for things to resolve I'm not one to beg for happy endings but after getting so attached to Asher I had hoped that things would turn out better Still not to spoil the end things didn't end up as grim as they could have done I believe Potok wrote a second book about Asher Lev I may have to read that as well to see what becomes of him beyond this novelThe reading isn't heavy but the tone of the book is heavy But Definitely Recommended4 Stars

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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 st Chaim Potok is a brilliant author who refuses to write a page turning book I can't tell you how many bad books I have finished hoping for a Potok esue finishmoving depth that justifies the slow pace of his books This was a book I had a hard time finishing It was too easily put down and to be truthful I didn't even like this book until about 34 of the way into it Now I emphatically say that it is one of the best books I have ever readThere is so much to say about this book 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 At first I thought it was about an art prodigy; that a difficult path is taken when your child is special or giftedIt kind of isThen I thought it was about the pain and awkwardness of being a religious Jew right after the second world warAgain kind ofThen I thought it was like The Namesake and the struggle between parents and children and different generationsGetting closerUltimately I think this book is about perception What is honoring your father and mother and what is following your dream? What is tradition and what is truth? What is the better choice? What is the better life? Whose point of view matters?I experienced a lot of frustration while reading this First of all this book is about so many things that I either know nothing about or that don't interest me For instance Asher Lev is a art prodigy As he is the main character art its history and techniue is a freuent subject matter I know very little about art It was hard for me to respond to Asher Lev's need to draw and paint As a person without any particular passion I had to take his word for it that for him drawing and painting wasn't a hobby or something he liked to do but that it was who he was an insatiable need that controlled him That sort of passion would probably cause problems in any family but when you are a Hasidic Jew and the son of an important emissary of the Rebbe whose life work is to create safe places to teach the Torah to religious Jews throughout Europe that passion tears apart a familyMy second frustration is probably apparent by now I know very little about Judaism There is a no apologizes approach to Potok's description of Jewish life Obviously a Jew himself he doesn't write for the goyim are you frustrated? That's the Jewish term for the Gentile YeahI know I had to learn it all tooThere is a noticeable lack of emotion written about such an emotionally charged situation Short perfunctory sentences that made me feel as frustrated with the situation as I felt Asher Lev did with his father who did not get art By the end of the book I could appreciate it for the techniue that it was Asher Lev was the narrator and we experienced the story through Asher Lev That containment of emotion the abrupt conclusion of dialogue with his parentsthat was his existenceIt 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 abouthis hurt his mother's hurt his father's hurt I actually cried through this part I rarely cry It's that goodAn incredible book An important book A book most definitely worth reading

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My Name Is Asher LevIrring 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 imaginationAsher Lev grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn a world suffused by ritual an I have no words Truly Tina thank you for the gift of this recommendation I would never have read this book on my own and I will never forget it