Book: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Magic Realism
For: Book Club
From: Bought for the Kindle
Short Synopsis: A Jewish wizard creates a golem to be a wife for a guy. He (the guy) brings her to New York in 1899, but he dies on the boat, which leave the golem master-less. Not a good thing for her to be! But she finds friends in New York and makes a pretty good life for herself. Meanwhile, another guy in New York is fixing a copper flask and bam.. a jinni (genie) pops out! He doesn't grant wishes though.He also manages to make a life for himself. When the paths of these two cross, things get so very interesting! Meanwhile, we find what happens to the wizard guy, we find out how the jinni ended up in the bottle in the first place, we learn about several of the people who help these two and how their back story ends up being important. When everything converges, it's quite the climatic ending!
My Response: Of course I loved it! What fascinating characters with all their stories coming down to one crazy breath holding moment! The mythology of these two creatures was also fascinating. I knew pretty much nothing about either of them so that was fun to learn. It's also cool having two religions, the Jewish and the Muslim, come together like this. And going from the Arabic desert thousands of years ago to 1899 New York, also very cool. I'm sorry it took me so long to read this one and I'm so glad to have finally fit it in.
Bottom Line: Fabulous fascinating tale! Don't skip this one!
Let's Talk About: Golems and jinnis. Do you know anything about them? Ever heard of them before? I mean besides Aladdin and all? Have you read this book? Does it do the mythology justice? I hope so. I love learning the "true" things about supernatural characters!
I was enchanted by this unusual, imaginative, and heartwarming story, and would love to see a sequel! From Rhapsody in Books
Let me start off by saying that I loved loved loved this book! It has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf (yes, I bought the hardcover (I needed something for the author to sign!)), and I’m recommending it to everyone I know. From Hey Lady, Whatcha Readin'
As much as I enjoyed this glimpse of story-telling in slightly familiar traditions, I was equally intrigued by the realistic portrayal of immigrant life in Gilded Age New York. From Joy's Book Blog
There are a number of side characters and stories happening in parallel narratives as the Golem’s and the Jinni’s but part of what is so compelling is that as a reader (or listener) you know that at some point all of these threads must come together. From A Home Between Pages