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The Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
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it was amazing

This is a lovely, evocative book. It is my first time reading the sequel to My Name is Asher Lev, which I consider one of the closest examples of a nearly perfect novel that I can imagine. The sequel is very good: evocative, immersive, poetic, emotional. The Gift of Asher Lev is filled with the tensions of My Name is Asher Lev. The symbolic image, though, is not the Crucifixion, as in the first book. This time, the guiding image is the Sacrifice of Isaac--except this time, God does not provide a ram in the thicket. It is a stunning book, though it cannot approach its Ur-text for me.
I want to read Davita's Harp, but I must stop. Potok's writing invades my dreams, like an ancestor storming into my present. I cannot sleep. I dream Hasidic romances and paint my nights by number. I am exhausted.
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Reading Progress

October 13, 2019 – Started Reading
October 13, 2019 – Shelved
October 28, 2019 – Finished Reading

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