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My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
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it was amazing

A well-told bildungsroman which builds to a terrifyingly intense climax, a slow-moving disaster sequence I had to read out loud just to get through. I've cried a few times, at the end of especially good books, but Asher Lev is the first book that's ever made me tremble. What happens when the unrelenting forces of religion meet the unrelenting forces of art, and neither side has any weapon aside from shame? Sheer terror, that's what happens.

(Before that, we get a lovely story about someone finding his place in the world, and the warm fuzzy feelings of that experience are part of how the end manages to be so... *shivers*.)
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September 30, 2018 – Shelved

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