My Name is Asher Lev, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Asher Lev is the artist who painted the sensational 'Brooklyn Crucifixion.' Into it her poured all the anguish and torment a Jew can feel when torn between the faith of his fathers and the calling of his art.

Here Asher Lev plunges back into his childhood and recounts the story of love and conflict which dragged him to this crossroads.


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Acquired via BookCrossing 03 Jun 2011 - passed to me by BridgetAmazing book following the development of a fictional artist's talent and confidence in 1950s New York. But Asher is also a Hasidic Jew, and his community ranges from not being accepting of his needs and lifestyle, to being openly hostile. A beautiful portrayal of the artistic and religious sensibility, and a truly affecting and engaging work of literature.I will pass this to Gill and then would like it back for Matthew, please: there is a sequel, which I will also look out for.

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