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
I can't tell you, it'll spoil the story.
The Jinni, hands down. Sarcastic, dark, moody. He's dreamy.
This book surprised me very much. I did not expect it to approach these Hebrew and Arabic mythoses so thoughtfully and with so much intrigue. It's the type of pragmatic fantasy that I like very much. What would it be like for these ancient creatures to live in an 1899 New York City? A mature and very captivating story, meticulously researched. And George Guidall is the perfect voice to narrate. Highly, highly recommended.
An instant favorite, this one I'll keep close to my heart, beautifully constructed characters makes you fall in love with all of them, some more interesting than others for sure, but all of them relatable in their fears and desires.
The tone of the book kept me on a light sadness, a melancholy perhaps, a feeling that I enjoy very much, so if you like that sort of longing feel, magic and mystery, and above all a good story about human nature, you might want to give this book a try.
I thought this story was great. It has a lot of components and wonderful characters. I love that the main characters had such depth and compassion even thought they were otherworldly.
I really like the setting each character was in. I love that the Golem was in a Jewish area and the Jinni was in a middle eastern area of New York. I love that the 2 learned so much from each other and had their own stories to tell.
He did an amazing job of really putting you in the story. The voices of each character was amazing. I will definitely listen to this book again.
I would take the Rabbi
This was a top favorite listen :)
I really enjoyed this book! It has all the elements of a good e book - well developed and likable characters, well paced intriguing plot, adventure and romance and a narrator who brought the characters to life. Just a fun enjoyable listen! Bravo to both author and reader!
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