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The Golem and the Jinni

par Helene Wecker

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Chava, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire, form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York until a fateful choice changes everything.
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Once I was finally able to get into it, I loved this book. There are a number of stories that weave together beautifully to make a comprehensive whole. There are a few issues, and the ending was a little odd. But still, a great book I'll definitely want to read again. ( )
  JessicaReadsThings | Dec 2, 2021 |
I'm trying to form an opinion on this book and having a difficult time, so let's see if I can list it out. ("list" is a verb now, right?)

Positive:
- Interesting cultural information about both golems and jinnis. Being only somewhat aware of the cultural background of both creatures, it was enlightening to learn a little more, even if only in a fictional setting.
- Effective world-building; nice look into life into various ethnic neighborhoods of NYC in 1900.
- George Guidall is an awesome narrator, and it was great to encounter him again after enjoying his reading of [b:The Dark Tower Series|43615|The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)|Stephen King|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1375776480s/43615.jpg|46575].
- There wasn't as much religion as I'd been bracing myself for.

Negative:
- The story itself was a bit on the slow side.
- It was pretty distracting to see the main story sidelined so often to introduce us to a new character and then go off and see what makes them tick.
- While I was glad that there wasn't a strong religious current to the story, it seems like a missed opportunity to explore Jewish and Muslim interactions and conflicts.
- A big one for me: the 1900 setting. Usually if a story is explicitly set in a specific time period it's so that the author can take advantage of that time (for instance: story complications that would be easily resolved by modern technology or even a change in political/social environments). As the story wore (dragged) on, I kept expecting to see SOMETHING that would explain the time period setting, and seeing nothing obvious (to my admittedly addled brain) I assumed that the reason lay in the fact that the main characters are not bound to normal human life spans and that the story would then unfold over many decades, and it was a bit disappointing that only a year or so elapsed in the story. Yes, I know the jinni's story technically started 1,000 years ago, but that was all flashback

Ok, not sure how much that helped. This was a slow, gentle story read by a very capable narrator. It was neither exciting nor inoffensive. Just a very middle-ground story that I was glad to see end so that I could move on to another story. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
This is not the light fluffy fantasy romp I expected.

It's better than that: more complex, interesting history & themes. On its own merits it deserves 4 stars, but I use these ratings for my own preferences, thus the three. ( )
  VictoriaGaile | Oct 16, 2021 |
I'd like a word with my past self that originally gave this book only three stars. YOU'RE WRONG! This is a wonderful tale--it deserves five stars. The story, the details, the conversations between the golem and jinni, but above all else how the author captures the settings of old New York and the deserts of Syria. This novel is so imaginative. I must have been having a bad week the first time through. I STAND CORRECTED! ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
I enjoyed reading it, but I was ready to finish it before it was over. I feel like it was too long, although I'm not sure what part of the story could have been cut out. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
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The title characters of “The Golem and the Jinni” are not the book’s only magic. The story is so inventive, so elegantly written and so well constructed that it’s hard to believe this is a first novel. Clearly, otherworldly forces were involved.
ajouté par karenb | modifierStar-Tribune, Curt Schleier (Jun 15, 2013)
 
You think a relationship is complicated when a woman is from Venus and a man is from Mars? Trust me, that’s a piece of cake compared with the hurdles that a modest golem and a mercurial jinni face when they fall in love.
 
The sometimes slow pace picks up considerably as the disparate characters decipher the past and try to save the souls variously threatened by the golem and the jinni, as well as by the Jewish conjurer and (surprise) a Syrian wizard. The interplay of loyalties and the struggle to assert reason over emotion keep the pages flipping.
ajouté par karenb | modifierNew York Times, Susan Cokal (May 16, 2013)
 

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Nom de l'auteur(e)RôleType d'auteurŒuvre ?Statut
Wecker, Heleneauteur(e) principal(e)toutes les éditionsconfirmé
Beals, Jesse TarboxArtiste de la couvertureauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Guidall, GeorgeNarrateurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Ljoenes, RichardConcepteur de la couvertureauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Ruoto, WilliamConcepteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé

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As the daughter of one of the richest and most prominent families in New York--indeed, in the country--it had been made clear to her, in ways both subtle and overt, that she was expected to little more than simply exist, biding her time and minding her manners until she made a suitable match and continued the family line. Her future unrolled before her like a dreadful tapestry, its pattern set and immutable. There would be a wedding, and then a house somewhere nearby on the avenue, with a nursery for the children that were, of course, mandatory.
"Once a golem develops a taste for destruction," the old rabbi said, "little can stop it save the words that destroy it. Not all golems are as crude or stupid as this one, but all share the same essential nature. They are tools of man, and they are dangerous. Once they have disposed of their enemies they will turn on their masters. They are creatures of last resort. Remember that."
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