The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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Chava, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire, form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York until a fateful choice changes everything.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062110855
Characteristics: 1 online resource (486 p.)
Alternative Title: Golem & the jinni


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AL_ANNAL Feb 04, 2018

Immigrants in early 20th century Manhattan - with a twist - they are mythical creatures from Jewish and Arab folklore. Even so - they will tear at your heartstrings!

Jan 06, 2018

The Golem and the Jinni is such a beautiful novel!! It is more historical fiction than fantasy, because the setting is New York City in 1899. I loved the emphasis on culture in the novel. Through the detailed writing style, I was immersed into the characters' ways of life. The main characters, Chava (the Golem) and Ahmad (the Jinni), are so realistic! They are both tremendously different from each other but go through similar challenges to assimilate into their new environments. I especially liked how the different threads and characters within the story came together to form one clear picture in the end. I highly recommend it!

May 04, 2017

Unusual read. Still entertaining and intriguing

DBRL_KatieL Mar 13, 2017

An interesting read, though slow for my taste-little sense rising action or overall threat that eventually have to be dealt with. The main part of the book are the two main characters settling into their lives in New York, and their forming a friendship after an accidental meeting about 1/3 of the way into the book. The main event is only the last 75 or so pages. The character development and setting is well done, and I found it interesting that though the characters took on human names they were only used in conversation with humans, not when the author referred to the characters. They were always 'the Jinni' or 'the Golem'. It helps to keep them as nonhuman characters who will never become human, or fully fit into human society. I do not think this book needed to be over 400 hundred pages, and I found myself ready for it to be done so I could move onto other books around page 250.

Jan 09, 2017

A bit too verbose. The story unraveled and lost its appeal after 200+ pages. A shame as it had so much potential.

Dec 05, 2016

Loved the characters, beautiful language, the description of late 1800s New York, and the weaving of myth with reality.

mvkramer Nov 16, 2016

A sprawling tale of immigrants finding a new life in the US - with a twist. Some might find this book slow-moving, but I really enjoyed how deeply it delved into the inner lives of our two main characters. Even secondary characters get detailed backstories. It's a very good book, and I'm excited that Wecker appears to be working on a sequel.

Nov 16, 2016

There is a real sense of magic and wonder in this book. Yet it's also somehow very down to earth. The juxtaposition of two mythical/magical beings having to survive in the hard realities of 1800's New York was surprisingly compelling. It's a great story of outsiders struggling to find their place. The portrayal of New York at the time period feels well researched. The city really comes alive in the writing. Because the story is character driven it can get a little slow at times. The book is about mythic beings struggling with their inner natures and the constraints their situations place on them. I found the character's struggles interesting enough that it wasn't an issue though. There is an effective antagonist who shows up to add some drama at the right moments.

KaiteS_KCMO Oct 17, 2016

A gorgeous story based on ancient figures in myth and legend--a Jewish Golem and a Syrian Jinni. An magic, complex tale told in an unusual manner with a mystical tone. Readers will tumble happily into this lyrical novel.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jun 05, 2016

This is such a strange concept for a book, but it really works. A weeks old Golem and a centuries old Jinni meet in nineteenth century New York. The mystical beings are drawn to each other even though they couldn’t be more different. Sometimes the book’s huge cast of characters is hard to keep track of, and resolution is not satisfying. Still, the complicated relationship between the Golem and Jinni makes the book well worth reading.

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