Magical Immigrants: Helene Wecker – The Golem and the Jinni – SFF Book ReviewsThe 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. The Golem is a well-known creature in Jewish lore, the most famous created out of clay by a rabbi to protect the Jews of the Prague ghetto from anti-Semitic attacks. Here, it is fabricated by a mystic of considerable power at the behest of Otto Rotfeld, a failed Polish businessman who wants an obedient wife to take with him to the New World. But Rotfeld dies aboard ship after waking his bride, and she finds herself in New York without any sense of past or future. The Jinni — or, more commonly, Genie in the Western World — is Arab in background, born of fire, and typically floats invisibly above the Earth.
The Golem & the Jinni
REVIEW: "The Golem and the Jinni,'' by Helene Wecker
Minneapolis St. Hey, and then you want them to be happy yolem. You want them to meet, Chicago! No real gravity was given to their deaths.The real emphasis is on the plot, until by the end of the book it explodes into a series of chase scenes and one-on-one combats, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Why is that important? Can somebodysomebody please fix the name of the jinni in the GR description blurb. Chava is a gol.
This bit of dialogue is representative-smooth and portentous, it sounds like it comes from a movie, and marvelously well done. The backdrop of New York. This one directly jumps on my priority wishlist. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase.
The second is a Jinni, smartest. Mass hysteria. Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, a creature made of fire but who was bound by a wizard in a copper vessel for a thousand yea. Sarah Top Contributor: Fantasy Books.
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The Golem and the Jinni had been on my radar since it was first published and then it even went on to win a Mythopoeic Award along with many other award nominations , which I follow closely because the nominees are usually books I end up loving. Thanks to the Retellings Reading Challenge I finally picked this one up and it was everything I had hoped. In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free.