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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.
Authors: Wecker, Helene
Title: The golem and the jinni
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 486 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 6 15 16 17 18 27 29 33 35 53 57 60 67 71 76 79 80 97 118 133 138 143 148 149 152 153 167 172 193 203 210 211 216 222 224 226 228 234 242 243 244 245 268
Alternate Title: Golem & the jinni
ISBN: 9780062110831
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This Mar 17, 2014
  • GuyN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When a librarian friend recommended this book, I wasn't expecting to be too interested in it, as it is outside of my genres. Once I started reading it, however, I was completely sucked into the immigrant life in Gilded Age NYC and the lives of the a golem and a jinni, both fraught with moral questions. All in all I found it a satisfying read on several levels.

Blind Date with a Book comment: 1st impression - 7; Characters - 6; Story - 6. "It was great! I've never been happier to cuddle with my cat and read :) "

Report This Mar 02, 2014
  • hmcgivney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This felt like I was reading a fable, and I was spellbound pretty much from the start. I loved both Chava and Ahmad, they were complex characters and fun to follow, especially after their stories became entwined. Some of the side characters were a little less interesting, but the whole was so harmonious that I can't imagine the story without them. I loved the theme of each creature acting within their nature, though I'm glad that Ahmad did grow to understand how he was affecting others. It's such a wonderful and complete world, that I'm feeling a little hungover; how can the next book hope to measure up?

Report This Jan 29, 2014
  • FullMoonBear13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An engrossing, vivid and enjoyable read. Set against NYC's Gilded Age and immigrant enclaves, the novel's two unlikely protagonists, take us on an enthralling and dreamlike experience.

Report This Jan 29, 2014
  • Poodles rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this novel but found that it could have used a deeper edit. By page 300 I felt it had stalled and I was slogging through waiting for the story to get moving again. None the less a strong debut novel and an enjoyable glimpse into the lives of new immigrants in the early days of New York City.

Report This Jan 09, 2014
  • fandesoleil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wecker's non-human characters come to life more quickly and vividly than many human fictional characters. Those characters, her language and details of 19th-century New York are captivating and carried me along. I hated for this book to end.

Report This Dec 11, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A Golem is created as a wife for a furniture maker, who promptly dies within an hour of waking her up. A Jinni is trapped in a copper flask by a cunning wizard and is trapped in human form. He is accidentally released by a tin smith one thousand years later. The story of the two of them, apart and together, is very much an immigrants story - and the journey through turn of the century New York and the hops and changes between Little Syria and the Jewish quarter. Magical realism meets the historical novel. Fantastic work.

Report This Oct 09, 2013
  • beachcat2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absorbing read - stayed up till almost 1 am to finish it. I look forward to more books by this author ( when she writes them) - great storyteller!

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

DLands thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Report This 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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