The Golem and the Jinni
This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, 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.
Struggling to make their way in this strange new place, the Golem and the Jinni try to fit in with their neighbors while masking their true natures. Surrounding them is a community of immigrants: the coffeehouse owner Maryam Faddoul, a pillar of wisdom and support for her Syrian neighbors; the solitary ice cream maker Saleh, a damaged man cursed by tragedy; the kind and caring Rabbi Meyer and his beleaguered nephew, Michael, whose Sheltering House receives newly arrived Jewish men; the adventurous young socialite Sophia Winston; and the enigmatic Joseph Schall, a dangerous man driven by ferocious ambition and esoteric wisdom.
Meeting by chance, the two creatures become 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 menace will soon bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, threatening their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.
Marvelous and compulsively readable, The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of folk mythology, historical fiction, and magical fable into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.
Publishers Weekly Review
© Publishers Weekly
Very written Lit (Historical fiction/fable)
This book is very well written and is a remarkable and unique tale.
The Golem and the Jinni
Ah, what a wonderfully spun story. I found myself eager to pick up where I had left off as soon as I put this down. I love supernatural and fantastical stories, but have grown a bit tired of the monotony this genre has to offer. This, I'm happy to report, is something that is fresh and wonderful. With a twist of ancient fables set in late 1800's New York City at the height of immigration, action-packed sections, and a dash of both lustful and comfortable, familiar love... This book played like a movie in my mind.
I'm happy I bought it, I will be reading it again.
I really enjoyed reading this book, I couldn't put it down.
Beyond the wilder concepts, such as fiery jinnis and an earthy golem, there are themes of honesty, love and truth that feel like they hold true...even in a magical world.