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Home Chaim Potok The Gift of Asher Le. It is as a novel of ideas that The Gift of Asher Lev succeeds best.
Home Chaim Potok The Gift of Asher Lev. Home. The gift of asher lev, . The worlds of Hasidism and art are in many ways diametrically opposed, yet they are bridged in and by the character of Asher Lev, who brings to his work a religious fervor and to his religion an acute artisitic discernment. In dialogue that is rich and true and intelligent, Potok brings his ideas to life. Faced with the vastness of a white, empty canvas, Asher finds himself unable to paint.
No one but Chaim Potok could have written this strangely sweet, compelling, and deeply felt novel. The Chicago Sun-Times declared it a story that had to be told. Now, Chaim Potok’s beloved character returns to learn, to teach, to dream, in The Gift of Asher Lev. Twenty years have passed. Asher Lev is a world-renowned artist living with his young family in France
Potok's 1985 novel Davita's Harp is his only book featuring a female protagonist
Potok's 1985 novel Davita's Harp is his only book featuring a female protagonist. In 1990, he published The Gift of Asher Lev, the sequel to My Name is Asher Lev. Potok wrote many plays, among them Sins of The Father and Out of The Depths. Potok has had a considerable influence on Jewish American authors. His work was significant for discussing the conflict between the traditional aspects of Jewish thought and culture and modernity to a wider, non-Jewish culture. He taught a highly regarded graduate seminar on Postmodernism at the University of Pennsylvania from 1993 through
Now, Chaim Potok’s beloved character returns to learn, to teach, to dream, in The Gift of Asher Le.
Now, Chaim Potok’s beloved character returns to learn, to teach, to dream, in The Gift of Asher Lev. Asher Lev is a world-renowned artist living with his young family in France. Still, he is unsure of his artistic direction. Success has not brought ease to his heart. Newsday Rivals anything Chaim Potok has ever produced. It is a book written with passion about passion.
Author Chaim Potok's style relies on the accretion of detail in spare prose. And, having read My Name Is Asher Lev, I would immediately read its moving sequel, The Gift of Asher Lev. Potok has painted two master pieces. The effect is both mesmerizing and unsettling. Recommended wholeheartedly. His work would be memorable if he'd only written these and yet he wrote many other novels about the relationship of self to one's community. My Name Is Asher Lev is a perfect gateway to a whole shelf of books by Chaim Potok. One person found this helpful.
Rivals anything Chaim Potok has ever produced. A wonderful complex novel about individuality vs the community, with religion, art, family and depression all thrown in the mix. You're not likely to read anything better this year. The form of this gift in Potok's story is literally a riddle posed by the Hasidic Rabbi. Acceptance of this gift - engagement with the riddle’s meaning - is also a return to its hidden source through which both Lev and his sect are renewed - artistically as well as spiritually. That, and mesmerising prose.
No one but Chaim Potok could have written this strangely sweet, compelling, and deeply felt novel
No one but Chaim Potok could have written this strangely sweet, compelling, and deeply felt novel.
Potok followed this novel with a sequel, as well, publishing The Gift of Asher Lev eighteen years later in 1990. Chaim Potok died July 23, 2002, at his suburban Philadelphia home of brain cancer at the age of 73. Potok continued to examine the conflict between secular and religious interests in his other novels as well, which include In the Beginning in 1975, The Book of Lights in 1981, and Davita's Harp in 1985. He is survived by his wife, Adena; two daughters, Rena, a Philadelphia-area college professor, and Naama, an actor in New York; a son, Akiva, who is a filmmaker in California; and two grandchildren. No one but Chaim Potok could have written this strangely sweet, compelling, and deeply felt novel.
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