The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Now they struggle to make their way in a strange new world.
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Harper Audio, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2013
ISBN: 9781483005331
Characteristics: 16 audio discs (19 hr., 45 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
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Mysticism and fantasy combine in this truly unique novel that transports readers to late 1800s New York. Ahmed, a jinni, has been released from his bottle when he encounters Chava, a golem brought to life by a wife-seeking magician. The unlikely pair bond to fight a terrible evil, and their relat... Read More »

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Beatricksy Oct 01, 2018

A very gentle fantasy, more condensation on a window on a snowy day, a little bit of a glow on top of a simple story about human nature and culture and religion and above all immigration and the struggles of daily life in a strange place, and how out of place we can feel. A bit too wordy and lingering, though: despite elaborate settings and beautiful language and complex characters, I never felt more than passingly engaged in it. The ending was too abrupt and action-packed compared to the rest of the book and gave it a sloppy conclusion. I wanted to like it, and there's a lot to enjoy, with the gentle lilt of magic and the comparisons to Muslim and Jewish societies in 1899 New York. But the weak romance (bickering, primarily), the distance of the characters (thanks to constant scene swapping), the too-numerous-characters (all of which required deep introspection, which added to the Incredible length), and the plodding nature of the plot made me feel distant, like I was an unwelcome onlooker.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 04, 2018

Immigrants in early 20th century Manhattan - with a twist - they are mythical creatures from Jewish and Arab folklore. Even so - they will tear at your heartstrings!

Jan 06, 2018

The Golem and the Jinni is such a beautiful novel!! It is more historical fiction than fantasy, because the setting is New York City in 1899. I loved the emphasis on culture in the novel. Through the detailed writing style, I was immersed into the characters' ways of life. The main characters, Chava (the Golem) and Ahmad (the Jinni), are so realistic! They are both tremendously different from each other but go through similar challenges to assimilate into their new environments. I especially liked how the different threads and characters within the story came together to form one clear picture in the end. I highly recommend it!

May 04, 2017

Unusual read. Still entertaining and intriguing

DBRL_KatieL Mar 13, 2017

An interesting read, though slow for my taste-little sense rising action or overall threat that eventually have to be dealt with. The main part of the book are the two main characters settling into their lives in New York, and their forming a friendship after an accidental meeting about 1/3 of the way into the book. The main event is only the last 75 or so pages. The character development and setting is well done, and I found it interesting that though the characters took on human names they were only used in conversation with humans, not when the author referred to the characters. They were always 'the Jinni' or 'the Golem'. It helps to keep them as nonhuman characters who will never become human, or fully fit into human society. I do not think this book needed to be over 400 hundred pages, and I found myself ready for it to be done so I could move onto other books around page 250.

Jan 09, 2017

A bit too verbose. The story unraveled and lost its appeal after 200+ pages. A shame as it had so much potential.

Dec 05, 2016

Loved the characters, beautiful language, the description of late 1800s New York, and the weaving of myth with reality.

mvkramer Nov 16, 2016

A sprawling tale of immigrants finding a new life in the US - with a twist. Some might find this book slow-moving, but I really enjoyed how deeply it delved into the inner lives of our two main characters. Even secondary characters get detailed backstories. It's a very good book, and I'm excited that Wecker appears to be working on a sequel.

Nov 16, 2016

There is a real sense of magic and wonder in this book. Yet it's also somehow very down to earth. The juxtaposition of two mythical/magical beings having to survive in the hard realities of 1800's New York was surprisingly compelling. It's a great story of outsiders struggling to find their place. The portrayal of New York at the time period feels well researched. The city really comes alive in the writing. Because the story is character driven it can get a little slow at times. The book is about mythic beings struggling with their inner natures and the constraints their situations place on them. I found the character's struggles interesting enough that it wasn't an issue though. There is an effective antagonist who shows up to add some drama at the right moments.

KaiteS_KCMO Oct 17, 2016

A gorgeous story based on ancient figures in myth and legend--a Jewish Golem and a Syrian Jinni. An magic, complex tale told in an unusual manner with a mystical tone. Readers will tumble happily into this lyrical novel.

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