The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni In The Golem and the Jinni a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn of the century New York Chava is a golem a creature made of clay bro

In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn of the century New York Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New YorIn The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn of the century New York Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899 Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

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  1. Helene Wecker grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, a small town north of Chicago, and received her Bachelor s in English from Carleton College in Minnesota After graduating, she worked a number of marketing and communications jobs in Minneapolis and Seattle before deciding she wanted to write something longer than a press release Accordingly, she moved to New York to pursue a Master s in fiction writing at Columbia University She now lives near San Francisco with her husband and daughter Her first novel, THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, will be published in April 2013 by HarperCollins You can follower her on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

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  1. I am trying something a little different here I found The Golem and the Jinni to be a fun, magical fairy tale of a romance with a fair bit of excitement to it But it is pretty clear that this is also a serious, literary work, raising meaningful philosophical questions, while using the folklore of two different cultures to inform the immigrant experience, offering a fascinating look at a place and time, and linking the experiences of the old and new worlds These two takes seemed to call for diffe [...]

  2. All of us are lonely at some point or another, no matter how many people surround us And then, we meet someone who seems to understand She smiles, and for a moment the loneliness disappears.Unsure what to think as I finally took the plunge into this 19th Century New York tale of friendship, different cultures and, of course, magic, I found myself completely transported to another world.I understand why readers often call The Golem and the Jinni fantasy it certainly has the depth, epic scope and [...]

  3. Just this once, I wish I could say The Golem and the Jinni is awesome Trust me and just leave it at that Not only because it is, but also because Helene Wecker s debut novel is a hard book to put into words, full of wonder and meaning, and an experience I don t think any review can fully do justice to Still, even though I ll probably miss things, here goesChava is a golem Ahmad is a jinni This is not a story of their chance encounter and subsequent whirlwind romance among century ago New York s [...]

  4. Oh man, the book was a little long but it was so worth it The pacing was excellent and I really enjoyed the unique story line and the way everything comes together in the end There is nothing better to me than a well executed story line where everything seems to have a purpose and ties into the larger arc of what s happening Also I really enjoyed the way that Chava and Ahmed s relationship is developed because it never felt like the rest of what was going on every becomes secondary to it which h [...]

  5. This is one of my favorite books of the year I didn t know a ton about it going in, other than the gorgeous cover, and I m very glad I didn t It is a historical urban fantasy of sorts, about a Golem and a Djinn separately stranded in turn of the century New York city The two character s storylines intertwine beautifully, with themes of identity, religion and friendship weaving in and out of a wonderfully detailed world If you liked The Night Circus, or Dr Strange and Mr Norrell, you ll really lo [...]

  6. I m really quite amazed at the things this novel does right It s a detailed and grand scaled historical romance as well as being a delightful hop in magical realism, but I couldn t help make direct connections to Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell.But not because many of the ideas are the same They aren t What is the same is the length and the attention to historicism and the depth of the real history and especially the depth of the magic The length of the novel and beautiful prose also has a lot to do [...]

  7. How could I possibly review this in the most coherent way This book, a debut at that, is one of the best I ve read this year No, scratch that, it s THE best I ve read in a long time, easily knocking over the ones I ve gushed in the past few weeks to nothing After turning the last page, I just knew it would be among my all time favorites, together with A Monster Calls, Written in Red, and Blood Song I ve never felt this hypnotized, amazed, and captivated the level of mesmerization is just so up t [...]

  8. A wonderful tale I hated to put down, couldn t wait to resume whenever I did, and felt sad when it was over A great blend of fantasy and historical fiction that explores what it means to be human amid the multicultural blend of immigrants trying to achieve their dreams in New York City at the end of the 19th century.We follow the lives of two mythic creatures trying to pass as human, living parallel lives and slowly drawn into a common path Chava appears as a woman and was recently made as a Gol [...]

  9. This is a truly difficult book to rate, mostly because what faults I can find, I find them in myself as a reader.The premise of the story in perfect, Chava is a golem created to become the wife of a creepy little man who dies soon after he brings her to life So now we have Chava, a masterless golem, a creature of clay, newly arrived in turn of the century New York.Ahmad was trapped in a bottle for over a thousand years by a wizard, and imagine his surprise to find himself in an unheard of contin [...]

  10. And if she was meant to be curious, did that mean she could take no credit for her own discoveries, her accomplishments Had she nothing of her own, only what Joseph Schall decreed she should have This is a book that works its magic in silence You don t expect it to be what it is, to give you what it gives you This is a subtle book a book that sneaks up on you when you least expect it, and that, for all that it gives, expects something in return The breath that than once you couldn t catch It s [...]

  11. See this review and like it on bookbastion _________ All of us are lonely at some point or another, no matter how any people surround us And then, we meet someone who seems to understand She smiles, and for a moment the loneliness disappears This book has been one of those ones that hung out on my TBR list far longer than it should I would catch a glimpse of this book in bookstores and debate picking up a copy, only to pass over it when another book caught my eye I bought it on my kindle one da [...]

  12. Huh Well, this was deeply okay Wecker set up an interesting and fairly straightforward concept Two supernatural beings in the turn of the century New York, trying to make their way in the New World, an exaggerated metaphor for the immigrant experience and the human condition Fair enough And there was some lovely atmospheric writing at the start that both helped to build the historical world and the supernatural feeling while she built her world and info dumped all the information we needed to kn [...]

  13. I really enjoyed this novel that blended historical fiction with some fantasy It s the story of a young woman made of clay the golem , and a male genie who had been trapped in a copper flask for centuries the jinni.But really, this is the story of immigrants in America The book is set in New York in 1899, and we see how difficult it was to be a stranger in a strange land The golem came to life because a businessman wanted a wife he could control, and the jinni was accidentally released by a tins [...]

  14. Despite the obvious suggestion from the title and despite the supernatural nature of the main characters, for me this is not a novel about a golem and a jinni It is the story of two ordinary people, immigrants like millions others coming to New York in the year 1899, there to learn how to deal with being uprooted from their birth lands, with being alone and lost in an alien culture, with how to slowly emerge from their hard protective shells and how to rely on each other Maybe even to learn how [...]

  15. This is the story of a golem and a jinni, how they discover who they are, their strengths, their weaknesses, and how, even though they re composed of completely different elements, they may just be the best friend for each other in a human world where they will never truly belong.I m such a geek As I was reading The Golem and the Jinni, enjoying their adventures and waiting to see how they would discover their origins, I didn t consider for a moment the idea that the tale could be a metaphor for [...]

  16. 1.99 Kindle sale, August 2, 2017 4.5 stars for this thoughtful, original fantasy about an unlikely friendship between a golem an immensely strong animated being magically formed of clay and a jinni genie , set mostly in 1899 New York City Chava, the golem woman, was secretly made by a rabbi using forbidden Kabbalistic magic, to be a wife for another man, bound to obey his every command When that man dies on the ship to America, she is at loose ends without a master, trying to decide how to live [...]

  17. When folklores from two diverse cultures tie the knots, it s a fantasy lover s dream come true In this almost retrograde YA era of lascivious vampires, snarky witches, quasi enigmatic aliens and some inane Greek heroes, someone needs to remind us that fantasy is something than this carousel of cliches and cloying monotony And that Helene Wecker does, with an unprecedented eloquence and a meticulously crafted fantasy setting weaved within the 19th century America.Jinni, the Arabic mythical creat [...]

  18. Onvan The Golem and the Jinni The Golem and the Jinni, 1 Nevisande Helene Wecker ISBN 62110837 ISBN13 9780062110831 Dar 486 Safhe Saal e Chap 2013

  19. If you claim you like fantasy but you don t like this book, then what you like is silly wizards and hot werewolf on chick action, or else secondary world fantasy with elves and dragons and lost swords and shit, which is all well and good but I m gonna be totally judgmental about any so called fantasy fan who doesn t like this book because it s too long or too slow moving or whatever stupid reason it failed to score with you The Golem and the Jinni is a carefully constructed modern fable written [...]

  20. After finishing this lovely and lyrical book on Saturday afternoon, I continued holding it for a while, reluctant to let it go, to put it down on the bedside table, wanting to stay wrapped in the translucent veil of the story just a little longer.Here are the bare bones of the plot A golem and a jinni find themselves in turn of the century New York To fit in, the golem becomes a baker The jinni becomes a tinsmith.But oh, there s so much This book is like a fable, a new folktale.Once upon a time [...]

  21. I d have given this four stars if I d enjoyed this book Don t get me wrong, it s is very, very well and richly written The pacing was just a bit slower than I was expecting though necessarily so for the meandering story being woven together I wasn t quite satisfied with the ending somethings were tied up too neatly, other things left too open ended for my tastes but this was a failing on my part and not the book s.EDIT Actually, after a lot of thought, I m bumping this down to a two star rating [...]

  22. This book was on my TBR for a long time and I was always finding a way to squeeze it to my list of the books I m currently reading Recently, I found enough time to read this novel and it didn t disappoint me It exceeds my expectation because the character and story build up was to look forward to What I like about this novel is that it makes us believe that destiny could bring two individuals together because of an unlikely circumstance or in their case, a greedy human Their dilemma made them ch [...]

  23. 4.5 starsIf you like Harry Potter, you need to read this If you like any YA book, you need to read this If you prefer other type fantasy novels like The Lord of the Rings, you need to read this If you think all of those things are beneath you because you only read literary stuff, you need to read this The Golem and the Jinni is not simply any one of those types of books It is all of them, very intricately and expertly woven together It is difficult for me to believe that this was Wecker s first [...]

  24. 5 Motivos para ler Golem e o G nio youtu Db34I5hxmgI QUE LIVRO INCR VEL Personagens maravilhosos envolvidos numa hist ria que eu nunca mais vou esquecer Enxergar a Nova York do s culo XX atrav s dessa escrita MARAVILHOSA foi uma experi ncia muito marcante O livro n o perde o ritmo nem por uma p gina S o mais de 500 p ginas e nenhuma delas tem qualquer tipo de enrola o Todas as hist rias de todos os personagens est o ligadas de uma certa forma essas conex es me surpreenderam bastante Leitura 100% [...]

  25. This book, oh my god This book is so utterly beautiful and so utterly captivating I want to say this book is awesome, amazing and brilliant I would probably use words that would mean the same to make this review seem a little longer and a little helpful but no matter how many words I use, I don t think any of them can describe this book properly.The Golem and the Jinni is a book full of wonders It is a book filled with laughter, baking, fire, art, mysteries and lots of other delightful stuff t [...]

  26. In a nutshell A beautifully written, atmospheric novel Perfect start to 2016 I ve wanted to read The Golem and the Djinni also titled Jinni in other editions for a long time now I still remember buying it after Fatima told me about it, but like so many other books I put it off Now, like so many other books, I m regretting the months it sat unread on my shelf because it was so wonderful The book is set in New York in 1899, following Chava and Ahmad the Golem and the Djinni through their separate [...]

  27. When you end up talking about a book a year later and wanting to shove it into the hands of every reader you pass in the bookstore, you know that book was unbelievably good I am patiently waiting for Helene Wecker to write a sequel to this book so I can fangirl over this story some There s a tentative release date in 2018.rt frantic screaming here.YAAAAAS.For once, I feel as if love was handled properly in this book The characters had a gradual admiration friendship that carefully grew into a t [...]

  28. I must admit, the first thing that drew me to this beauty is its gorgeous cover The blue and gold front is just too tempting to resist But the story within its pages gives the cover a run for its money engaging characters and immersive setting combine to transport us from our couches to 1899 alternate reality New York It s like Alladin for adults Dana Rosette Panganfrom The Best Books We Read In February 2017 bookriot 2017 02 28 riot r

  29. 2.5I first heard about this book recently when a friend read it and said he was very impressed with it he said it was much better than what he was expecting Then it kept popping up in a couple of groups I m in, and between everyone seeming to be well impressed with it, and it seeming to be a sort of thing I would like, being a fan of historical fantasy in general, and various cultural mythos in particular, I figured I d give it a go.So I m a bit sad to say that I wasn t really all that wowed wit [...]

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