Monday, June 2, 2014

the golem and the jinni

It's early yet, but I think I can safely say that The Golem and the Jinni is one of my favorite books of 2014. Imaginative, enchanting, and full of interesting and imperfect characters, it's unlike anything I've read before. When I first began it, the length overwhelmed me. Although I loved the writing, the characters, and the story, it moved slowly and I struggled to get caught up in it. The two main characters don't even meet until about 1/3 of the way in (if I remember correctly). However, once the story grabbed me, I was hooked. Brilliant characters and a gorgeous story. Loved it.

TITLE: The Golem and the Jinni
AUTHOR: Helene Wecker
PUBLICATION DATE: April 2013
DATE FINISHED: 20 March 2014
VERDICT: 4/5 stars. Beautiful, unique, engrossing story.

Since I forgot to summarize the book in my review, here is the description on Goodreads: "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 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. 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 Jinni 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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