Friday, June 10, 2011

My Name is Asher Lev

By: Chaim Potok

Genre: Jewish Fiction

Location: FIC POT

A Library should always have the librarians favourite book of all time- ever- in the collection. This book is mine. I love the way Potok writes, I love the complex simplicity he writes with, I love how he paints pictures in my head with the words he writes, and I love how this book connected with my own upbringing. How can you challenge the very culture you are encased with as a child, yet keep the fragments of it that matter the most. How do you protest against smothering cultural expectations without rejecting the basis of them?

Asher Lev does- and that is why I like him.

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