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Chaim Potok Message Board 2/27/2005 3:30:46 PM
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Author Potok's Book Reviews

My Name is Asher Lev
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 fat...
The Chosen
During a brutal baseball game, Reuven Malters encounters Danny Saunders, a brillant Jewish scholar. After an accident during the game, Reuven and Danny start to explore a growing friendship between them. Each of their lifestyles are different since Reuven is a conservative Jewish boy and Danny is a Hasidic Jew. Reuven is facinated by Danny's life and Danny longs for Reuven's freedom. The boy's relationship evolves over time, which carries them through...
The Gift of Asher Lev
This sequel to "My Name Is Asher Lev," finds the painter very successful and living with his family, a son and a daughter in France, and still practicing his orthodox religion. They go back to Williamsburgh in Brooklyn to the Chassidic community to visit his family. There the children become enmeshed in their roots. Asher's son is of particular interest to the chief rabbi, who is looking for someone to become his eventual successor. Asher's son is hi...