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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013: Imaginative and meticulously researched, this enchanting debut novel from Helene Wecker is, in reality, an historical fiction. Set primarily in turn-of-the-century Manhattan, it deliberately details the immigrant experience--the wonders and hardships of being in a new country and the discoveries, triumphs, and failures that follow--while bringing the city itself to life with such passion that New York of yore seems like a magical land. Beyond reality, however, The Golem and the Jinni, as the title implies, is also a fantastic work of fantasy. The Golem is an insatiably curious clay "woman" that was created to seem human while serving only her husband; the Jinni is a magical "man" whose fascination with mortals has left him nearly stripped of his own nature and forced to live as one. These mythical characters from otherwise clashing cultures not only coexist, but come to rely upon one another in order to exist at all. In turn, their story finds us not only rooting for them to find peace and happiness, but gaining a better understanding of our own human nature in the process. --Robin A. Rothman--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
First novelist Wecker has blended not only genres but also elements of Jewish and Arab folklore and mythology in this intriguing historical fantasy. What happens when a golem, a Polish woman made of clay, recently marooned in late-nineteenth-century New York, joins forces with jinni, a creature made of fire, accidently released by a Syrian tinsmith in lower Manhattan? The premise is so fresh that it is anyone’s guess, and Wecker does not disappoint as she keeps the surprises coming in this unusual story of the intersection of two magical beings and their joint impact on their parochial immigrant communities. While stolid Chava and fiery Ahmed struggle to cope with their individual challenges and desires, they must together overcome philosophical, spiritual, and physical hurdles to ward off an insidious demonic threat. A mystical and highly original stroll through the sidewalks of New York. --Margaret Flanagan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I do hope a followup is in the works! This novel was "painted" so bright I can still see the scenes in my mind. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tezza Anglin
Very interesting story and concept. Loved learning about new folklore. Would recommend it to anyonePublished 1 day ago by Katazon
A well told and intriguing fairy tale set in turn of the century New York and the dessert of Syria. Fascinating story. A great read.Published 4 days ago by J. Schieffer
This was a truly beautiful book. I highly recommend for folks who like fantasy that comes from a new and interesting direction.Published 6 days ago by A. MacArthur
To pick two characters who couldn't be more different. I couldn't put the book down. It's a story that brings together so many conflicting ideas. A love story, but not really. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Nina M.
"The Golem and the Ginni" is a delicious combination of a modern story-telling of "1001 Nights", "Aladdin", with a bit of the film"Titanic" while... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sandi Russell
I really enjoyed this book. It was really well written and different from most books I have read this year.Published 11 days ago by C. Wright
so glad my friend told me to read this book. I would read more of this author for sure.Published 12 days ago by Linda M. Rosenfeld