My Name is Asher Lev is a novel written by the author Chain Potok. The novel is about a boy named Asher who is lonely but has a lot of artistic views and inclinations. Being a Jew, Asher shows his mature character as a Jew in the book. Published in 1972, this book came out under the house of Knopf. Download My Name is Asher Lev Pdf free at the end of this article.
My Name is Asher Lev Summary:
The story revolves around Asher Lev who is a Jew, which was born under the rule of Stalin during which the Soviet Union was hell for religious people. He was born with plenty of artistic abilities during the time in which people from his religion were persecuted. In the book, Asher is misunderstood by everyone in his community and even his own father. He comes to conflict with other people in the society and also, his father does not understand his art. His father is a devoted and religious man who has no understanding of art and believes that art and things of such sort are a waste of time.
Upon the orders of the leaders, Asher’s father goes to Vienna and his absence, Asher, and his mother live in Brooklyn. During this time, he spends most of his time in art and lesser time for Jewish studies. His mother does not know who she should support, her husband or her son. After some time, the leaders feel that Asher’s art should be polished and send him for tutoring under a famous artist. He creates a piece in which he portrays the torment his mother has faced. Offended by this, his family sends him away.
My Name is Asher Lev Review:
Many themes have been included in the book, such as the themes of suffering and self-identity. This book is a masterpiece and has been said to be the best work of the author ever.
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I read this years ago. The imagery inspired me to write a poem about my teacher. In my poem, I sketch her with words rather than with pen as Asher did, I want to reread it now that I am a daily writer.