My Name Is Asher Lev

Front Cover
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 1, 2009 - Fiction - 384 pages
34 Reviews
“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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
17
4 stars
11
3 stars
5
2 stars
1
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

Wow, just wow. 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 review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - EBT1002 - LibraryThing

I loved this novel. Upon completion, I set it aside and wondered what on earth I could read next, what could possibly follow this exquisite work? I am a distractible and restless reader; I always know ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 10
Section 11
Section 12
Section 13
Section 14
Section 15
Section 16
Copyright

Section 9

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

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.

Bibliographic information