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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reprint edition (10 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449001156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449001158
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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."
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Twenty years have passed for Asher Lev. He is a world-renowned artist living in France, still uncertain of his artistic direction. When his beloved uncle dies suddenly, Asher and his family rush back to Brooklyn--and into a world that Asher thought he had left behind forever....

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About the Author

Chaim Potok was born and raised in New York City. He began to write fiction at the age of 16, graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English literature from Yeshiva University, and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. An ordained rabbi, he served as an army chaplain in Korea for sixteen months with, successively, a front-line medical battalion and an engineer combat battalion. His first novel, The Chosen, was nominated for a National Book Award and received the prestigious Edward Lewis Wallant Award. His other novels include My Name is Asher Lev, The Gift of Asher Lev (winner of the National Jewish Book Award), and I Am the Clay.


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Format: Paperback
Although a continuation from 'My Name Is Asher Lev' this book stands in its own right. You are soon drawn into the conflict between Asher and his Jewish heritage. It soon becomes clear that both sides can't live with each other but equally can't live without each other either. But prehaps the greatest battle is fought out inside Asher's head. The solution is multi-layered and the reader is unsure which way it will go until the final part of the book. That said the book is probably 50 pages too long. There is a distinct element of drift just before the concluding scenes.
Overall this is a fascinating book, which if nothing else will open your eyes to a world seldom seen,or understood, by most of us.
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By A Customer on 20 July 1999
Format: Paperback
In the continuation of asher Lev's story the reader is compelled to read on to find his final destiny. The twists of the tale gradually dawn on the reader as the book opens out, but you are kept in suspense until the last few pages.
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By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Twenty years on from when we left Asher Lev we now find him married with two children and living in France. He, and is work, are suffering in the wake of some strongly critical reviews of his latest Paris show. Then he receives news of his uncles death, and he and his family return to Brooklyn.

The story follows Asher's turmoil as he confronts a number of problems on his return from exile: his relationship with his fellow believers, difficulties with his cousins over his uncles will, and more significantly his period of artist's block and the potential prospects for his beloved son, the five year old Avrumel. His turmoil over the last is all the more intense as only he seems able to appreciate the situation, namely that their religious leader the Rebbe is getting old and having no son of his own will need to select a successor, the obvious choice is Asher's Father, but as Asher is obviously unacceptable as his father's successor the role would fall to Avrumel. Here a parallel is drawn with Abraham and Isaac, is Asher prepared to sacrifice his son, he must confront the issue: his art or his son.

This is a beautiful and at times mystic story, Asher often drifts into a dream like state having visions of past, present and possibly future events. The characters are superbly drawn, Avrumel is a delightful young lad; Asher's father seems much more human now; and with Asher we really get inside the mind of an artist. The Rebbe too is a remarkable man, full of wisdom, never laying down the law but giving guidance through reasoning and suggestion.
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Not quite as good as My Name is Asher Lev (which I thought was superb and I cried at the end). I went through periods of wishing the book would never end, to guessing the ending (incorrectly) and wanting to see if I was correct.

I came up with two possible endings. Both were wrong, but either one was better than the actual one!
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By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2008
Format: Unknown Binding
Twenty years on from where we left Asher Lev we now find him married with two children and living in France. He, and is work, are suffering in the wake of some strongly critical reviews of his latest Paris show. Then he receives news of his uncles death, and he and his family return to Brooklyn.

The story follows Asher's turmoil as he confronts a number of problems on his return from exile: his relationship with his fellow believers, difficulties with his cousins over his uncles will, and more significantly his period of artist's block and the potential prospects for his beloved son, the five year old Avrumel. His turmoil over the last is all the more intense as only he seems able to appreciate the situation, namely that their religious leader the Rebbe is getting old and having no son of his own will need to select a successor, the obvious choice is Asher's Father, but as Asher is obviously unacceptable as his father's successor the role would fall to Avrumel. Here a parallel is drawn with Abraham and Isaac, is Asher prepared to sacrifice his son, he must confront the issue: his art or his son.

This is a beautiful and at times mystic story, Asher often drifts into a dream like state having visions of past, present and possibly future events. The characters are superbly drawn, Avrumel is a delightful young lad; Asher's father seems much more human now; and with Asher we really get inside the mind of an artist. The Rebbe too is a remarkable man, full of wisdom, never laying down the law but giving guidance through reasoning and suggestion.
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I read "My Name is Asher Lev" and am glad I did because obviously it leads into this second part which is equally captivating and is a wonderful description of artistic, spiritual and cultural tensions within both an individual and a rather closed community. It is so inspirational as well as being a joy to read and I can honestly say that I couldn't put it down for very long. Deeply spiritual, inspirational and thought provoking. Amazon's service was excellent as usual.
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