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My Name is Asher Lev Book Review Summary

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Asher Lev is a Hasidic Jew who has an extraordinary talent for art. As he recollects his childhood and teenage years (where most of the plot is spent), readers can see the differences between creative young Asher and his traditional father, Aryeh, quickly form. Asher's father does not approve of his son's hobby or talent, though with the help of mentor Jacob Kahn, Asher struggles to enhance his artistic talents. In a world that is torn between his father's conservative approach and Asher's genius, Asher must break away from his good-meaning though displeased father to paint--even if it means painting pure controversy.
This report prepared by Angela Allan








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Life of a profession:    -   artist Inside culture (main char)    -   religious Jew Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Culture clash?    -   family young v. old guard Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   Boob talk! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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