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by Chaim Potok

  • ISBN: 0449001156
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Chaim Potok
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books; Reprint edition (September 10, 1997)
  • Pages: 384 pages
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  • Rating: 4.1
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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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“Extraordinary . . . No one but Chaim Potok could have written this strangely sweet, compelling, and deeply felt novel.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer   In his powerful My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok gave the world an unforgettable character and a timeless story that The New York Times Book Review hailed as “little short of a work of genius.” 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. Still, he is unsure of his artistic direction. Success has not brought ease to his heart. Then Asher’s beloved uncle dies suddenly, and Asher and his family rush back to Brooklyn—and into a world that Asher thought he had left behind forever. It is a journey of confrontation and discovery as Asher purges his past in search of new inspiration for his art and begins to understand the true meaning of sacrifice and the painful joy in sharing the most precious gift of all.   Praise for The Gift of Asher Lev   “A masterwork.”Newsday   “Rivals anything Chaim Potok has ever produced. It is a book written with passion about passion. You’re not likely to read anything better this year.”The Detroit News “Fascinating.”The Washington Post Book World   “Very moving.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
Reviews about The Gift of Asher Lev: A Novel (7):
Knights from Bernin
It was wonderful to be immersed in the deeply nuanced narrative. Even without personal experience in the artistic creativity process nor the cultural pull of the conflicting conservative Jewish faith, his richly developed narrative made you feel Asher Lev's pain. You could really feel how he was being drawn into what may have been the greater good for his community, but at a price.
I was first introduced to Asher Lev in the early 70's and I remember that I was similarly impressed with the richness and substance of Potok's story telling ability. I am so glad this book made it into my awareness, even though it has been a while since it was first published.
Ynap
Potok delivers another masterpiece in this sequel to his My Name is Asher Lev. Twenty years have past since the first book, and Asher Lev has become a world-famous artist, living in France with his wife and two children. His world is turned upside down when he returns to the world of his youth to honor his uncle who has died. Drawn more and more into the world he thought he had left behind, he is forced into a life-changing decision by the approaching death of the rabbi who leads the sect he was born into.

I could not put this book down. I set aside all my other reading to finish this novel and follow it to its heart-wrenching climax.
Gavidor
This is the continuation of "My Name is Asher Lev" and I found this book to be much more interesting and readable than the first book. Asher and his family go to Brooklyn to attend his uncle's funeral and he discovers that his uncle has accumulated an extensive collection of valuable art by very famous artists that he has left to Asher to curate. This is just one of the problems he faces while in Brooklyn. The current Rebbe of his Hasidic group has no children to take his place when he passes on; Asher comes to realize that his father is the Rebbe's logical successor and that the Rebbe envisions Asher's son, young Avrumel, to eventually succeed Asher's father as Rebbe. Asher wrestles with this problem, as well as the animosity of a cousin over the art collection, and his inability to paint while in Brooklyn. His parents want his children to stay in Brooklyn and go to the Yeshiva while he wants to take his family home to the south of France. I expected the end of the book to resolve at least some of Asher's issues but it ends quite abruptly without giving us a clue as to what is going to happen to Asher and his family. I'm not aware of a follow up to this book, but I suspect Potok was planning a third book but didn't live long enough to write it. Or is there a third book? I think this book is worth reading as a stand alone novel because of the rich descriptions of people and places and references to famous artists and their work.
Coidor
This brilliantly realized novel explores the tensions between tradition and modernity, community and individuality, and art and religion, as the protagonist, world-renowned artist Asher Lev, returns with his young family to the Hasidic community in which he was raised.

Author Chaim Potok's style relies on the accretion of detail in spare prose. The effect is both mesmerizing and unsettling.

Recommended wholeheartedly.
Ironrunner
This was a total emersion in a number of stories. One is the inside life of a world renown artist battling the demons of honesty versus expectations of others. The second, a stylishly written tale revealing the Landover Hasidic world community and its inner workings.
A beautifully written book, masterful in many ways, that almost always compels the reader to read on. Fans of good literature and artful writing who also love expanding their world view ought to read this book.
thrust
Over the last 25 or years I've read this book three times, as if a rare treat I afford myself. In recent years, I've taken to buying Kindles for family and friends; this is the book I give them to get started.

My Name Is Asher Lev is one of the best novels in English of the XXth century. It's accessible to nearly all ages, but of course, most interesting to those who've lived long enough to see the contrast between people, especially the inner conflict between what they believe and their expression of it, particularly, as I say, in reaction or contrast with others of their community.

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. 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.
Urtte
I read The Gift Of Asher Lev when Chaim Potok first published the book and liked it. But I lent it out and wanted another copy to replace it. Now that I'm getting old --- really old --- I'm slowly locating and purchasing books I've truly enjoyed reading during my young years. Gift of Asher Lev was well worth re-reading and restocking. The day I kick the bucket, my children and grandchildren and great grandchildren will delight in many of those tomes.
Why do I save my favored books? Because books are a treasure. (You should have seen my Tom Swift books and the Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. They've been read by many in the family, and are now in possession by my daughter for her next generations.)
So YES, I likde the book. How did Amazon do on their end: Excellent.
TFJohnson
Chaim Potok beautifully writes of the complex range of emotions and convictions in an orthodox Jewish family where personal expression leads to estrangement that non-orthodox people can scarcely imagine. The author crafts his tale as well and richly as his protagonist creates his paintings.

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