Friday, May 30, 2014

The Golem and the Jinni - Book Review

Every now and then I read a novel that I enjoy so much it practically renders me speechless (I know, hard to believe). The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is one of those books.

I was stuck in the car without the book I was reading so I pulled up the Kindle app on my phone and there it was mixed in with all the other ebooks that I buy but rarely get around to reading. The Golem and the Jinni. I knew very little about the book except that a few of my book blogger friends had enjoyed it.

From the cover :

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 to 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.

My thoughts :

That is all.


Anita LeBeau said...

I've said no to this book several times, thinking it's not for me. I might have to rethink since you liked it so much.
Your simple words are powerful.
Like I need something to read..ha ha!

anna said...

I loved that book so much. Gorgeous story.

Utah Mom said...

Make time for this one. I skipped on the ARC too but then bought the ebook when it was a $1.99--so worth it.

Megan said...

I noticed the other day that I bought the Kindle version when it was $1.99 as well. And I actually feel bad that that's all I paid since I loved it so much! Oh well. I guess it makes up for all the other $1.99 books I've bought that were awful. :-)

Utah Mom said...

I think I'll buy a paper copy someday.