The Golem And The Jinni: A Novel by Helene WeckerThe Golem And The Jinni: A Novel by Helene Wecker

The Golem And The Jinni: A Novel

byHelene Wecker

Paperback | December 31, 2013

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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.

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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Title:The Golem And The Jinni: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.28 inPublished:December 31, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062110845

ISBN - 13:9780062110848

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gentle Fantasy Elements A nice read for those just looking for fantasy elements and not full-on constant action. It has good character development (even on multiple side characters!) with though provoking questions. The ending was left a little more open then I hoped, but all in all an enjoyable experience.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A sweet story Not what I was expecting at all when I read this book.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was a really long book it had so much detail and not much action
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting read Equal parts magical and melancholy. The story developed a bit differently than I expected, but overall was a good novel
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!! This was completely wonderful! It is a romance, but not the kind with heaving bosoms and muscular chests. It is a very pure love story with rather unconventional lovers - beautifully written, lush historical settings and full of characters with depth and histories of their own.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique! Love, love, love this book! The plot is so different from anything I've seen lately, and the writing was beautiful. It reads, in a way, like some kind of old folk tale that's been passed down, but it's so earnest and believable. It can be a bit of a slow-burn at times, but in all the right ways. This book just WORKS.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of best books of the year Two mystical creatures make their way through 1890s New York and thwart an evil plan. Beautifully written... 4/5
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD! Absolutely amazing. The most beautiful and intricate book I've read in ages. The thought and detail put into all the characters is tangible. I flew through all 484 pages in just a few hours. It's amazing that, although obviously fantasy; this book, I'm sure, would appeal to all different readers. It reads as historical fiction, yet it's not set too far back, so as to appeal to contemporary readers as well. This book is a classic in the making. And on a debut novel! How did she do it? Helene Wecker, I sing your praises.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT Very well written - the story moves beautifully and if you have a good imagination you will become part of the novel. The author has done justice with this book. It's a page turner, you will not put this book down. I have enjoyed and recommended this book to many. I can't wait for the second book by this author.
Date published: 2017-01-08
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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Editorial Reviews

“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.”