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- Print Length: 657 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (April 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: April 23, 2013
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008QXVDJ0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Despite the book's fantastical title and the fact the two primary characters are mythological creatures, it is a very grounded story, full of believable characters, honest emotions and engrossing situations. The book I might compare this to (in an odd way) is Confederacy of Dunces, with the way the author introduces layer upon layer of overlapping and interconnecting stories and characters that ricochet against each other in ways that the reader could not foresee.
I really enjoyed two things about The Golem and the Jinni. The first is that the shifting layers of stories kept me guessing and very much held my interest. The second is that Wecker has a wonderful way of building a rich narrative with a minimum of words--situations and characters seem to tumble out at almost breakneck speed, but the story never feels rushed. In the hands of a lesser writer, this book could have been twice as long (or perhaps even a series), but despite the agility of language, <B>The Golem and the Jinni</B> remains rich and engaging.
If you know or love New York, there are additional aspects to enjoy about this tale, which occurs in the city at the very beginning of the 20th Century. Knowledge of NYC is certainly not required, but the scenes set in Central Park, Washington Square and other locales may resonate a bit more for someone familiar with New York and its history.
If I had quibbles, it is that the story in rare moments can be a bit too contrived. A character at one point decides he never wants to see anyone again and resolves to leave the city, but he inexplicably tells one odd and disconnected character where he'll be staying that night--the better to advance the plot later on. One scene that occurs in the mansion of a wealthy family feels false (but advances the story necessarily), which is very rare in this story full of realistic dialog and rich characters.
I hope my quibbles won't discourage anyone from reading The Golem and the Jinni. I very much enjoyed it, and if it falls a bit short of a five-star book because of a couple of too-convenient twists and turns in the story, it hardly detracted from my enjoyment reading it.
The story involves a Rabbi cum-Wizard who creates a novel form of Golem for a man who is unable to find a spouse. The Golem is in the form of a comely woman; built from clay, she is waiting for a special command from her new master in order to come to life. On a voyage from Europe to New York City, the man learns he is dying and realizes he won't make it before he dies. Before he expires, he visits the ship's baggage area, opens the box containing the Golem, and reads the words that bring her to life and bind her to him. Then he dies.
Meanwhile, in a part of Manhattan known as Little Syria, a neighborhood metal worker receives an ancient copper oil lamp for repair. As he's fixing the lamp, he drops it and a genie suddenly appears from it. The genie is mystified - he remembers his life as a genie (jinni) in a Syrian desert but has no memory of how he came to be imprisoned in the lamp.
As the Golem finds her way in a new and strange land, the Jinni is also trying to find his way. Eventually the two meet and the story unfolds. The Golem and the Jinni soon discover they have much in common - in spite of the different cultures they came from. As both try desperately to hide their true natures, an evil from the distant past makes plans to control both of them.
A compelling and hard-to-put-down story. This book will appeal to anyone who likes magic-realism and just darn good writing and story-telling. It's not hard to imagine that the author is a Jewish woman married to a man with Arab ancestry.
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