Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
As I write this, it's been a year and a half since I listened to The Golem and the Jinni and I still think about how good it was. Then I feel a pang of guilt that I haven't reviewed it and spread the love. So here we go.
Details have faded a bit but I do remember that I loved innocent Chava and jaded Ahmad. Chava was literally formed of clay and brought to life by a dark magician. Her master dies within hours of her awakening, leaving her adrift in a world that isn't very kind to those who are different. Ahmad is woken from his lamp by an unsuspecting tinsmith. He has lived for centuries and his story slowly unfolds throughout the larger book.
The setting of the immigrant communities of 18th century New York is fascinating. Chava is eventually taken in by a kind Jewish rabbi and Ahmad settles in with the tinsmith. Their paths cross and, despite their differences, they each find comfort in the company of another being who is just as much of an outsider as they are.
The story twists and turns in unpredictable ways but it kept me riveted. George Guidhall's narration was fabulous.
I highly, highly recommend this unexpected story of two outsiders in New York.
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