My Name is Asher Lev Book
Score: 4
From 38 Ratings

My Name is Asher Lev


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Penguin Modern Classics
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Artists
  • Pages : 319
  • ISBN 10 : 0141190566

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My Name is Asher Lev Excerpt :

Asher Lev is a gifted loner, the artist who painted the sensational Brooklyn Crucifixion. Into it he 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.

The Gift of Asher Lev Book
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

The Gift of Asher Lev


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2010-03-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307575524

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The Gift of Asher Lev Excerpt :

“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

My Name Is Asher Lev Book
Score: 4
From 42 Ratings

My Name Is Asher Lev


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2003-03-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN 10 : 1400031044

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My Name Is Asher Lev Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In this modern classic from the National Book Award–nominated author of The Chosen, a young religious artist is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy. “A novel of finely articulated tragic power .... Little short of a work of genius.”—The New York Times Book Review Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. He grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving around a charismatic Rebbe. He is torn between two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other devoted only to art and his imagination, and in time, his artistic gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores. As it follows his struggle, My Name Is Asher Lev becomes a luminous, visionary portrait of the artist, by turns heartbreaking and exultant.

My Name is Asher Lev Book

My Name is Asher Lev


  • Author : Aaron Posner
  • Publisher : Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 60
  • ISBN 10 : 0822224658

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My Name is Asher Lev Excerpt :

THE STORY: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his paren

In the Beginning Book

In the Beginning


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 1997-09-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 419
  • ISBN 10 : 9780449001134

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In the Beginning Excerpt :

“Powerful . . . It successfully recreates a time and place and the journey of a soul.”—The New York Times All beginnings are hard—that is the lesson David Lurie learns early and painfully in his life. As a boy in the depression-shadowed Bronx, he must begin to hold his own against neighborhood bullies and the treacherous frailties of his own health. As a young man in a world menaced by a distant, horrifying war, he must begin once more—this time to define a resolute path of personal belief that departs boldly from the tradition of his teachers and his own father, a courageous defender of their people. Learning how to remember his past as he nourishes the future, David struggles to complete his first long journey into ancient beginnings. “A major work in every sense.”—Pittsburgh Press

I Am the Clay Book
Score: 2.5
From 3 Ratings

I Am the Clay


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Fawcett
  • Release Date : 2010-04-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307575531

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I Am the Clay Excerpt :

“[Chaim] Potok writes powerfully about the suffering of innocent people caught in the cross-fire of a war they cannot begin to understand. . . . Humanity and compassion for his characters leap from every page.”—San Francisco Chronicle As the Chinese and the army of the North sweep south during the Korean War, an old peasant farmer and his wife flee their village across the bleak, bombed-out landscape. They soon come upon a boy in a ditch who is wounded and unconscious. Stirred by possessiveness and caring the woman refuses to leave the boy behind. The man thinks she is crazy to nurse this boy, to risk their lives for some dying stranger. Angry and bewildered, he waits for the boy to die. And when the boy does not die, the old man begins to believe that the boy possesss a magic upon which all their lives depend. . . .

Wanderings Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

Wanderings


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2021-05-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593359297

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Wanderings Excerpt :

A fascinating history of the Jews, told by a master novelist, here is Chaim Potok's fascinating, moving four thousand-year history. Recreating great historical events, exporing Jewish life in its infinite variety and in many eras and places, here is a unique work by a singular Jewish voice.

Davita s Harp Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Davita s Harp


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2010-03-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307575494

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Davita s Harp Excerpt :

For Davita Chandal, growing up in New York in the 1930s and '40s is an experience of indescribable joy—and unfathomable sadness. Her loving parents, both fervent radicals, fill her with the fiercely bright hope for a new, better world. But the deprivations of war and the Depression take their ruthless toll. And Davita, unexpectedly, finds in the Jewish faith that her mother had long ago abandoned both a solace to her questioning inner pain and a test of her budding spirit of independence. To her, life's elusive possibilities for happiness, for fulfillment, for decency, become as real and resonant as the music of the small harp that hangs on her door, welcoming all guests with its sweet, gentle tones. Praise for Davita's Harp “Rich . . . enchanting . . . [Chaim] Potok's bravest book.”—The New York Times Book Review “It is an enormous pleasure to sink into such a rich . . . solidly written novel. The reader knows from the first few pages that he is in the hands of a sure professional who won't let him down.”—People “Engrossing . . . Filled with a host of richly drawn characters. Potok is a master storyteller.”—Chicago Tribune “Gripping and intriguing . . . A well-told tale that needed telling.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Old Men at Midnight Book
Score: 3
From 6 Ratings

Old Men at Midnight


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2008-12-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307489005

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Old Men at Midnight Excerpt :

From the celebrated author of The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev, a trilogy of related novellas about a woman whose life touches three very different men—stories that encompass some of the profoundest themes of the twentieth century. Ilana Davita Dinn is the listener to whom three men relate their lives. As a young girl, she offers English lessons to a teenage survivor of the camps. In “The Ark Builder,” he shares with her the story of his friendship with a proud old builder of synagogue arks, and what happened when the German army invaded their Polish town. As a graduate student, she finds herself escorting a guest lecturer from the Soviet Union, and in “The War Doctor,” her sympathy moves him to put his painful past to paper recounting his experiences as a Soviet NKVD agent who was saved by an idealistic doctor during the Russian civil war, only to encounter him again during the terrifying period of the Kremlin doctors’ plot. And, finally, we meet her in “The Trope Teacher,” in which a distinguished professor of military history, trying to write his memoirs, is distracted by his wife’s illness and by the arrival next door of a new neighbor, the famous writer I. D. (Ilana Davita) Chandal. Poignant and profound, Chaim Potok’s newest fiction is a major addition to his remarkable—and remarkably loved—body of work.

The Chosen Book

The Chosen


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501142475

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The Chosen Excerpt :

The story of two fathers and two sons and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each. And as the boys grow into young men, they discover in the other a lost spiritual brother, and a link to an unexplored world that neither had ever considered before. In effect, they exchange places, and find the peace that neither will ever retreat from again.

Conversations with Chaim Potok Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Conversations with Chaim Potok


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN 10 : 1578063469

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Conversations with Chaim Potok Excerpt :

"Writing at its best is an exalted state, an unlocking of the unconscious and imagination and a contact with sanctity." One of America's most popular Jewish writers, Chaim Potok (b. 1929) is the author of such novels as The Chosen (1967), The Promise (1969), The Book of Lights (1981), and Davita's Harp (1985). Each of his novels explores the tension between tradition and modernity, and the clash between Jewish culture and contemporary Western civilization, which he calls "core-to-core culture confrontation." Although primarily known as a novelist, Potok is an ordained Conservative rabbi and a world-class Judaic scholar who has also published children's books, theological discourses, biographies, and histories. Conversations with Chaim Potok presents interviews ranging from 1976 to 1999. Potok discusses the broad range of his writing and the deep influence of non-Jewish novels-in particular, Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man-on his work. Interviews bear witness to Potok's many other influences-Orthodox Jewish doctrine, Freudian psychoanalytical theory, Picasso's Guernica, and Jewish kabbalah mysticism. Though labeled an American Jewish writer, Potok argues that Flannery O'Connor should then be called an American Catholic writer and John Updike an American Protestant writer. "In his mind," editor Daniel Walden writes, "just as Faulkner was a writer focused on a particular place, Oxford, Mississippi, . . . so Potok's territory was a small section of New York City." Potok often explores conflict in his writings and in his interviews. Strict Jewish teachings deem fiction an artifice and therefore unnecessary, yet since the age of sixteen Potok has been driven to write novels. At the root of all of these conversations is Potok's intense interest in the turmoil between Jewish culture, religion, and tradition and what he calls "Western secular humanism." As he discusses his work, he continually includes broader issue

The Gates of November Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Gates of November


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2010-02-24
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307575517

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The Gates of November Excerpt :

"REMARKABLE . . . A WONDERFUL STORY." --The Boston Globe The father is a high-ranking Communist officer, a Jew who survived Stalin's purges. The son is a "refusenik," who risked his life and happiness to protest everything his father held dear. Now, Chaim Potok, beloved author of the award-winning novels The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev, unfolds the gripping true story of a father, a son, and a conflict that spans Soviet history. Drawing on taped interviews and his harrowing visits to Russia, Potok traces the public and privates lives of the Slepak family: Their passions and ideologies, their struggles to reconcile their identities as Russians and as Jews, their willingness to fight--and die--for diametrically opposed political beliefs. "[A] vivid account . . . [Potok] brings a novelist's passion and eye for detail to a gripping story that possesses many of the elements of fiction--except that it's all too true." --San Francisco Chronicle

The Giraffe hunters Book

The Giraffe hunters


  • Author : Mayne Reid
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1884
  • Genre: Hunting stories
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X004169920

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The Book of Lights Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Book of Lights


  • Author : Chaim Potok
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2021-05-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593359303

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The Book of Lights Excerpt :

Gershon Loran, a quiet rabinical student, is troubled by the dark reality around him. He sees hope in the study of Kabbalah, the Jewish book of mysticism and visions, truth and light. But to Gershon's friend, Arthur, light means something else, the Atom bomb, his father helped create. Both men seek different a refuge in a foreign place, hoping for the same thing....

The Great God Pan Book
Score: 1
From 2 Ratings

The Great God Pan


  • Author : Amy Herzog
  • Publisher : Theatre Communications Group
  • Release Date : 2014-03-31
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN 10 : 9781559367530

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The Great God Pan Excerpt :

"The Great God Pan is a haunting, deeply affecting play about the interaction of identity, psychology and pathology. Ms. Herzog writes with keen sensitivity to the complex weave of feelings embedded in all human relationships, with particular attention to the way we tiptoe around areas of radioactive emotion." - New York Times "Whatever the ideal contemporary American drama is, it has to look a lot like The Great God Pan. It is provocative and subtle, slowly, carefully revelatory, sweetly moving, thought-provoking, funny and insightful." - New York Observer "An intelligent, delicately articulate writer." - Village Voice "A moving and unsettling look at the nature of identity and the vagaries of memory. With subtlety and compassion, Herzog contemplates how well we can really know ourselves." - Backstage Jamie's life in Brooklyn seems just fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a burgeoning journalism career, and parents who live just far enough away. But when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, lives are thrown into a tailspin. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is suddenly revealed. Amy Herzog's plays include 4000 Miles (Pulitzer Prize finalist), After the Revolution and Belleville. Ms. Herzog is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Whiting Writers' Award, an Obie Award and the Helen Merrill Award for Aspiring Playwrights.