My Name Is Asher Lev Read ´ 4

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review Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ 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 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 mattersI 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 Lev Read ´ 4 É 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 Irring 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 hated to finish this book because I loved it so muchIt is the story of a Hasidic boy who loves to draw and paint and has the ability to become a great artist but his father hates his obsession with art because he thinks it is from the Other Side and is evilI loved how this story drew me into the daily life of this young boy his family and his struggle to become who he was meant to be I too had a gift for drawing and know how devastating it is to be not only not encouraged but actively discouraged from doing the one thing you love to do mostI also realized how much I didn't know about the Judaism and Hasidism in particular I loved learning about the prayers customs history and vocabularyThis is a beautiful book There was a seuel written in 1990 that I will be reading too

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My Name Is Asher LevD 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. A tragically gripping page turning work of total genius I hate to even review it because it was that good and maybe just five stars would be better than me blubbering about it I was completely engrossed and almost read 34ths of it one night but stopped abruptly to have the novel follow me around the house and in my bag for another week because I didn't want to be through with it I came back to it and finished it in one sitting Some books change your life some books are your life Different art professors who meant a lot to me and friends through the years all have urged and recommended me to read this All the recommendations were given at different times and curiously stillfrom people unrelated to each other which held the title of the book in my memory for a long time as something of significance especially in the way that they told me it especially for me But like trips to Paris and having children somethings take time to happen The years have passed and a copy of the book never seemed to come my way I'm so glad it finally did