My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I haven’t known a book to affect me so profoundly as My Name is Asher Lev. The conflict is deep, searing, cutting to the core. It helped me to understand better the nature of being a creative person and the sacrifice it takes to be authentic and honest, even to the point of hurting others. The book is a long, slow burn, every page necessary to set up the final conflict. At the end I was racing through, dreading the end as tears sprung to my eyes and yet terribly curious about how the author would resolve the conflict. How grateful I am that there is a part two, The Gift of Asher Lev, now waiting for me at the library, ready to be picked up in just a few minutes.
I read this book as a means of priming my own creativity as I strive to begin work on my first book which is due one year from now. It’s caused me to journal in a way I haven’t done before and I can feel the stretching inside from reading it.
I am grateful to Chaim Potok for writing such a book. I recommend it highly to anyone who takes the creative life seriously and strives to be excellent and to do something truly great with their art.
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