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Mitchell may be an excellent translator, and I am sure his modernization of the text has its own importance.
The constant shift between reality and some strange innerworld was interesting at first, but by the time I got to the last 50 pages I had to force my way through.
As every novel by Meyrink, "The Golem" is very complex and has difficult concealed meanings, full of symbols which are related to the unconscious.
Recently, to my great surprise, my seven-year-old nephew asked me if golems were real. At first I thought he was referring to the J.R.R. Read morePublished 17 months ago by William Lee
The novel seems to function like one of David Lynch's trippier films (Inland Empire or Eraserhead) where the real world, dreams, and ineffable transcendent experiences are mixed... Read morePublished on September 4, 2010 by Andrew E. Mendelson
"The Golem" is a hard novel to describe. It's a very complex novel and one that is beyond the scope of a review here. Read morePublished on July 10, 2007 by J. Givens
I have recently finished reading The Golem and I must say I am very impressed with it. It took me three starts to finally read the novel, it became difficult because of it's dream... Read morePublished on January 13, 2003
The Golem, although creatively written, was a disappointment in one area inparticular. The book kept me reading, enticing me with suspense and interesting characters but the ending... Read morePublished on July 31, 2001 by Charles Tozer
This is one of those works that happen to come your way out of pure accident. I remember I was looking for a completely different book when I suddenly found this one on the floor... Read morePublished on April 12, 2001 by A. Tamez Elizondo
This is a very atmospheric novel set in Prague. The Golem itself does not actually appear, but serves as a symbol that heightens the overall ambience and mystery of the story. Read morePublished on June 10, 1998