My Name is Asher Lev

My Name is Asher Lev
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 369
ISBN: 1400031044
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Release: 2003
Editor: Anchor
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The novelist records the anguish and triumphs of a young painter as he emerges into the great world of art and rejects all else.

The Gift of Asher Lev

The Gift of Asher Lev
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780307575524
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Release: 2010-03-24
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“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

A Study Guide for Chaim Potok s My Name Is Asher Lev

A Study Guide for Chaim Potok s  My Name Is Asher Lev
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Pages: 30
ISBN: 9781410353498
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Release: 2016-06-29
Editor: Gale, Cengage Learning
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

A Study Guide for Chaim Potok's "My Name Is Asher Lev," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

I Am the Clay

I Am the Clay
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307575531
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Release: 2010-04-28
Editor: Fawcett
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“[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. . . .

Davita s Harp

Davita s Harp
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780307575494
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Release: 2010-03-10
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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

The Gates of November

The Gates of November
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 249
ISBN: 9780449912409
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Release: 1997
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Chronicles the stormy lives of a Jewish father and son in the Soviet Union, profiling Solomon Slepak, an old-guard Bolshevik, and his son Voldya, a "refusenik" persecuted and imprisoned for trying to leave the Soviet Union

The Promise

The Promise
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780307826367
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Release: 2012-09-12
Editor: Anchor
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In a passionate, energetic narrative, The Promise brilliantly dramatizes what it is to master and use knowledge to make one’s own way in the world. Reuven Malter lives in Brooklyn, he’s in love, and he’s studying to be a rabbi. He also keeps challenging the strict interpretations of his teachers, and if he keeps it up, his dream of becoming a rabbi may die. One day, worried about a disturbed, unhappy boy named Michael, Reuven takes him sailing and cloud-watching. Reuven also introduces him to an old friend, Danny Saunders—now a psychologist with a growing reputation. Reconnected by their shared concern for Michael, Reuven and Danny each learns what it is to take on life—whether sacred truths or a troubled child—according to his own lights, not just established authority.

The Book of Lights

The Book of Lights
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780593359303
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Release: 2021-05-04
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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....

Wanderings

Wanderings
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780593359297
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Release: 2021-05-04
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

Conversations with Chaim Potok

Conversations with Chaim Potok
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 181
ISBN: 1578063469
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Release: 2001
Editor: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"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 issues, such as the state of Jewish literature and art, pointing out with pride and enthusiasm his belief that Jewish culture, in the twentieth century, has finally begun to have a significant role in producing and shaping the world's art and literature. Whether discussing the finer details of Talmudic textual analysis or his period of chaplaincy during the Korean War, Potok is articulate and philosophical, bringing deep consideration into what may seem small subjects. Although his novels and histories take place primarily in the recent past, the Chaim Potok that emerges from this collection is a writer deeply rooted in the tensions of the present. Daniel Walden is Professor Emeritus of American Studies, English and Comparative Literature at Penn State University. He has written or edited several books, including On Being Jewish (1974), Twentieth Century American Jewish Writers (1984), The World of Chaim Potok (1985), and American Jewish Poets: The Roots and the Stems (1990).

CLASSICS My Name is Asher Lev

CLASSICS My Name is Asher Lev
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 329
ISBN: OCLC:1020195697
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Release: 2021
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

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The Chosen

The Chosen
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 284
ISBN: 0449911543
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Release: 1967
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A baseball game between Jewish schools is the catalyst that starts a bitter rivalry between two boys and their fathers.

Calling My Name

Calling My Name
Author: Liara Tamani
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780062656889
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Release: 2017-10-24
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Calling My Name, by debut author Liara Tamani, is a striking, luminous, and literary exploration of family, spirituality, and self—ideal for readers of Jacqueline Woodson, Jandy Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sandra Cisneros. This unforgettable novel tells a universal coming-of-age story about Taja Brown, a young African American girl growing up in Houston, Texas, and it deftly and beautifully explores the universal struggles of growing up, battling family expectations, discovering a sense of self, and finding a unique voice and purpose. Told in fifty-three short, episodic, moving, and iridescent chapters, Calling My Name follows Taja on her journey from middle school to high school. Literary and noteworthy, this is a beauty of a novel that deftly captures the multifaceted struggle of finding where you belong and why you matter.

My name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

My name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
Author: Anonim
Pages: 21
ISBN: OCLC:220562350
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Release: 1988
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

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Old Men at Midnight

Old Men at Midnight
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780307489005
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Release: 2008-12-30
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

My Name is Asher Lev

My Name is Asher Lev
Author: Aaron Posner
Pages: 50
ISBN: 0822224658
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Release: 2010
Editor: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

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

Tobiasse

Tobiasse
Author: Chaim Potok,Théo Tobiasse
Pages: 198
ISBN: UOM:39015010977281
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Release: 1986
Editor: Rizzoli International Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Gathers paintings by the modern French artist, discusses his themes and technique, and briefly describes his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris

And the Rat Laughed

And the Rat Laughed
Author: Nava Semel
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781442973695
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Release: 2009-05-11
Editor: ReadHowYouWant.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

On the last day of 1999, a survivor grandmother in Tel Aviv shares with her granddaughter her tragic life story as a child hidden in a pit, with only a rat for company. The granddaughter tells the legend of ''Girl and Rat'' to her teacher; in 2009 those who heard it through her classmates establish an internet website with poems. From now on this memory is spread all over the world and becomes a myth. A future anthropologist, researching its mysterious roots in 2099, discovers Father Stanislaw's personal journal documenting his rescue of that little Jewish girl, and so the chain of remembearers moves from the present to the future and back to the past.

Zebra and Other Stories

Zebra and Other Stories
Author: Chaim Potok
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0613302028
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Release: 2000-01
Editor: Turtleback Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A collection of stories about six different young people who each experience a life-changing event.

Tucson Jo

Tucson Jo
Author: Carol Matas
Pages: 154
ISBN: 9781927663073
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Release: 2014-05
Editor: Lulu.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Inspired by Tucson's first Jewish mayor, Tuscon Jo follows the clash between a father who is running for major of Tuscon in 1882, and his spirited fourtheen-year-old daughter.