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Golem and the Jinni

By Helene Wecker


Hi! I’m dropping in again with another great book. If you haven’t read this yet give it a try!!

This is a book that I actually bought for my Kindle. This was published in 2013 by Harper Perennial. It is 512 pages long. I just now got to reading this one. I know several people already read it earlier.

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.


I thought that this was very fast paced. It has a comfortable writing style that I liked. This is another one that hooked me from the get go. The ending is the best part as far as I am concerned. There was a little twist at the end. It is a beautiful blend of fiction, fantasy and folklore. There are elements of both the Jewish and the Muslim culture mixed in. The love story is carefully woven into the background of the book. I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars.


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