Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, 2014
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 listenable, The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of folk mythology, historical fiction, and magical fable into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.
©2013 Helene Wecker (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Narrator was perfect. Story was great. One on those stories I would think about throughout the day wanting to hurry and get to a place where I could sit and listen. I recommend for anyone who likes the not so sappy love story.
I was very happy I stumbled upon this delightful tale on audible.com. The stories of each the golem and the jinni are full of human joy, sorrow, angst, and desire. These non-human beings show us how to live and love thru their own experiences. The author wove a tale both fantastic and real. I loved the flashbacks and dream sequences woven thru the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a character driven plot with a touch of magic and fantasy.
I became enchanted with the characters as they grew to understand and appreciate their situation and society.
The story was a wonderful treat. Mr. Guidall made the compelling story even more engaging.
The characters and places were great. For the first half, I really enjoyed this book. The author writes beautifully.
George Guidall is the best. I wish he narrated every book on Audible. I really enjoyed him on this book and Don Quixote.
The characters didn't seem to have a goal. The book seemed to consist of great characters and interesting places, but the characters just meandered through the book. Near the end I kept thinking, "This has got to go somewhere at some point." I didn't finish it. It ended up just droning on and on, with no point to it. The characters never wanted anything in particular. I think they should have a goal, and the events should keep them from achieving their goal until the very end. I couldn't figure out where any of the acts ended.
This book was intriguing. It held my interest throughout the entire novel. The storyteller was amazing, his voice was smooth and inviting. The story itself was perfect and exactly as I thought it should be, magical and fulfilling.
Linda "Rock ,Paper, Pen"
Absolutely loved this book. I didn't want it to end. This story was so beautifully written and the narrator was wonderful. There were so many moments in this book. A magical, mystical audible.
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