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The Golem and the Jinni

A Novel

Wecker, Helene

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Golem and the Jinni
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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,, ©2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062253828
0062253824
9780062110831
0062110837
9780062269416
Characteristics: 486 pages ; 24 cm
Alternate Title: Golem & the jinni

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Nov 17, 2014
  • AlwaysSearching rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am usually drawn to historical fiction, throw in a couple of mythical creatures and I am hooked.

Oct 23, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book was a bit of an experiment, I am not a fan of magical realism. I prefer my books to be either entirely in our world or entirely in a fake one, not the in between of being both.

I thought the beginning was pretty good but by the time the second half rolled around it was far too melodramatic. The characters were over the top and the resolution quite incomplete.

Aug 29, 2014
  • librarylady70 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is fabulous! It grabs you from the very beginning. There are several intertwining storylines, and plot twists galore. Great for anyone who likes a fast-paced read that's slightly on the literary side. This is an author to watch - unbelievable that it's a debut novel! And a tip - SMPL has this cataloged as sci-fi which I guess I get because it has some supernatural creatures, but don't let the sci-fi label deter you if you "don't like sci-fi." It's really not sci-fi in my opinion, more like historical and fantasy.

Jun 19, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Although I read this slowly, it didn't take away from how beautifully written this novel is. The story is also unlike anything I have ever read, and for that reason alone I would recommend it to people. The Golem and the Jinni mixes historical fiction with fantasy elements with various story lines being told throughout, and just when you are not sure if they will all come together, they do in surprising ways. Wonderful!

May 16, 2014
  • MissEavis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book was fantastic! beautiful writing, the charecters are full and passionate and the story is a thrill...must read! I hope this new author has more to come!

Apr 29, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

At the turn of the modern age, two magical creatures awake, each lost in a world that has started to forget. The Golem, loses her master right after being awoken. Without this link, the inner thoughts of all nearby humans flood her mind. Newly born, and newly independent, she stumbles into America. Running parallel to her story is that of the Jinni, a transient creature now trapped in human form by a wizard. He seeks a way to free himself after being awoken, a thousand years displaced from his time.

Both beings bare traits of intelligence, and curiosity, and find themselves needing to adjust to the human ways that they find so foreign. In each other they find not only a companion who can understand, but a being so opposite to their own nature, that they grow from their interactions. Slowly, their worlds expand as they explore more of the city. By coming into contact with people, they learn about human nature, and more importantly, learn to take responsibility for their consequential actions. Mixed with their tales, are side passages dedicated to others they meet. Like the Golem and Jinni, they all struggle to find their way.

A multiplicity of layered connections bind this into a tightly woven tale, with the feeling of fate only dawning on us much later once these threads start to reveal themselves. The author's exquisite prose easily builds a world where myth naturally fits into reality. We are swept up by the wondrous nature of the Jinni, and the innocence of the Golem, reveling with them in each of their new discoveries. Truly their tale is enthralling, magical, and endearing as they grow into their humanity.

Apr 25, 2014
  • terrykli rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's hard to believe that this is Helene Wecker's first novel! I really enjoyed this book and still find myself thinking about the characters and the story even though I finished it a few days ago. I hope to read more from this author in the future.

Apr 25, 2014
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable read, great storytelling. It was like reading relatively modern Thousand and One Night story. I would have preferred Golem being called by her name, and I did some skipping, especially through the second half of the story, but I still highly recommend The Golem and the Jinni.

Apr 16, 2014
  • 0Charlie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I very much enjoyed reading this book. I read a lot of fantasy fiction and appreciated how much depth there was to the worlds that the author describes. Instead of the usual feeling of "wouldn't it be great to have super powers!", you genuinely felt for the main characters and their problems. I liked that, eventually, each of the character lines connected and were resolved. A rich, meaty read. Highly recommended.

Apr 12, 2014
  • SophieMontague rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Entertaining book. It could have been a bit shorter; where was the editor? It began to grate and I found myself getting irritated with the characters but still turned the pages and was a little relieved to be finished.

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Mar 01, 2013
  • DLands rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 05, 2013
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"sometimes men want what they don't have because they don't have it. Even if everyone offered to share, they would only want the share that wasn't theirs."

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