The Golem and the Djinni
Helene Wecker
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Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM By Helene Wecker

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert Trapped in an old copper flaChava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.Ahmad is a djinni, 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 Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.The Golem and the Djinni is their magical, unforgettable story unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.
  • Title: The Golem and the Djinni
  • Author: Helene Wecker
  • ISBN: 9780007480197
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback

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Will Byrnes Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 di [...]
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Emily May Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 scop [...]
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Mitch Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 [...]
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Pouting Always Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 whic [...]
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Felicia Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 real [...]
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Bradley Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 [...]
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Faye, la Patata Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 [...]
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Michael Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 [...]
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Isa Lavinia Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 conti [...]
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Simona Bartolotta Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
"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 more than once you couldn't [...]
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Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
See this review and more 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 [...]
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Kelly Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 [...]
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Diane Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 b [...]
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Algernon Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 ho [...]
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Heidi The Hippie Reader Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 fo [...]
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
$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 t [...]
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Basuhi Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 more 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 mythic [...]
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Saleh MoonWalker Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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
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David Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 wri [...]
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Helen Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 more. This book is like a fable, a new folktale.Once u [...]
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Aisha Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
I'd have given this four stars if I'd enjoyed this book more. 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 t [...]
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[Shai] The Bibliophage Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 the [...]
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Etnik Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
One of the most awesome covers I have ever seen.Maybe the best of the best!
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Paula W Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 [...]
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Vitor Martins Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
5 Motivos para ler Golem e o Gênio youtu/Db34I5hxmgI--QUE LIVRO INCRÍVEL!Personagens maravilhosos envolvidos numa história que eu nunca mais vou esquecer. Enxergar a Nova York do século XX através dessa escrita MARAVILHOSA foi uma experiência muito marcante. O livro não perde o ritmo nem por uma página. São mais de 500 páginas e nenhuma delas tem qualquer tipo de enrolação. Todas as histórias de todos os personagens estão ligadas de uma certa forma essas conexões me surpreenderam [...]
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Hershey Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 more words that would mean the same to make this review seem a little longer and a little more 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 deligh [...]
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Rebecca Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 - throu [...]
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Adira Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 more (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 gr [...]
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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 [...]
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Book Riot Community Oct 21, 2019 - 06:23 AM
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
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The Golem and the Djinni By Helene Wecker Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert Trapped in an old copper flaChava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.Ahmad is a djinni, 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 Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.The Golem and the Djinni is their magical, unforgettable story unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

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