The Golem And The Jinni: A Novel

The Golem And The Jinni: A Novel

Paperback | December 31, 2013

byHelene Wecker

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In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

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.

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In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.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 ...

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Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Struggling to mak...

Helene Wecker received a BA from Carleton College in Minnesota and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. A Chicago-area native who has made her home in Minneapolis, Seattle, and New York, she now lives near San Francisco with her husband and daughter.The Golem and the Jinniis her first novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.02 inPublished:December 31, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062110845

ISBN - 13:9780062110848

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Historical fantasy at its best! I find historical fantasy to be hit or miss (I was not a fan of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer), but the rich cultural heritage and folklore interwoven in this immigrant story elevates the genre. Helene Wecker is genius in re-interpreting the typical story of immigrant-moves-to-NYC-to-pursue-American-dream around mythological characters.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starstruck I don't always read books like this—I normally go for quick novels that delve more into the actions driving the plot rather than the world that it takes place in (mostly because the pacing matches my patience. Most of the time they only act as quick fixes, and not really novels that I'd dwell on for too long because they serve their purpose—giving me the satisfaction of having finished a book at all in a life where I don't always find the time to sit down, relax, and read.) I've read several thick, slow-paced novels that didn't quite do it for me, even though I've been searching far and wide for a book that has a world that would capture me, and is paced slower than my normal fix. The Golem and the Jinni did exactly this—it gripped me and took me along for an adventure that was at first simple, then grand, far larger than my expectations could've conceived. It is beautifully written—as seen in every word choice and every description. It made me feel like I should've taken it slow and relished in its every sentence, but my excitement made me reckless and I read a little too fast (which I will remedy when I do reread this—because it's definitely worth it, even after knowing everything that I do). I feel there are things that I missed that I can catch if I take my time to delve into it again. Every character is their own person—obviously—but they are all full and rich and carry their own spark. Every friendship and every relationship I adored. The dialogue is almost intoxicating. To put it simply, the Golem and the Jinni is the best book I've read in a really long time. It reminds me that the joy that can come from reading such a great book still exists. That this joy can infect every inch of your own being, taking over every fiber until you can't help but actually squeal(I've actually screamed over this book—in joy, and also in distress). I haven't felt like that in a while. I feel almost refreshed. Renewed. I applaud Helene Wecker on her masterpiece, and wish she would know that I'm already an avid fan, and am awaiting her next work of art.
Date published: 2016-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal book I loved this book from beginning to end. I usually fly through books not really absorbing it but this book made me want to read it slowly, take in every single sentence - it was beautifully written, the characters captivating and a great ending. Definitely one of my favourites now!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Book Lovely magical book. A great weekend read.
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“Her story is so inventive, so elegantly written, so well-constructed, it is hard to believe that it is her first novel…The books is so good that I wonder if there was some other-worldly power involved in its creation.”