The Golem and the Jinni
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient... show more
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free.
Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker's debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.
Publish date: 2014-01-07
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
by Helene Wecker My expectations of this story might have been a little inflated because I kept hearing how good it was, and I did enjoy it, but I didn't love it as much as I expected to. It was a good story and culturally interesting, but I just didn't connect with any of the characters. Of all o...
This is amazing writing. I have never read a story quite like it. It brings so much in to question, beliefs, faiths, religions, etc. It takes place during a time when people had to go between Europe and America by ship and women didn't go around unchaperoned. It mostly has a realistic feel with ...
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is the story of two mythological characters who find that they are more alike than different and who find acceptance in each other. Within this structure, this book can be read at so many different levels and interpreted for so many different themes – fantasy...
I listened to this one on audio and it was amazing. The narrator George Guidall totally nailed it. Couldn’t have picked a better person to do the audio for this one. The story itself was excellent and had a real Gaiman-esque feel to it. The characters were superbly drawn and there was plenty of back...
The beginning was good. The end had me on the edge of my seat. The middle was a sludge-fest. I almost gave up. I'm kind of glad I didn't. Maybe I'll have more to say later, after I've digested the book a little.