My Name Is Asher Lev

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 1, 2009 - Fiction - 384 pages
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“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. 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.
 

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User Review  - ValerieAndBooks - LibraryThing

My parents had some of Chaim Potok's books during my teen years, and I know I read "My Name is Asher Lev" and at least one other of his works. I read almost everything that was lying around. When I ... Read full review

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User Review  - ctpress - LibraryThing

This was a fast read for me. I just couldn’t put the book down. Had to know what happened to Asher Lev. This is a kind of memoir - we follow Asher Lev’s first memories as a child and in to his 20’s ... Read full review

Contents

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About the author (2009)

Chaim Potok was born in New York City in 1929. He graduated from Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was ordained as a rabbi, and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as editor of the Jewish Publication Society of America. Potok’s first novel, The Chosen, published in 1967, received the Edward Lewis Wallant Memorial Book Award and was nominated for the National Book Award. He is author of eight novels, including In the Beginning and My Name is Asher Lev, and Wanderings, a history of the Jews. He died in 2002.

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