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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker #BookReview

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

Book: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Genre: Novel
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 2013
Pages: 484

Source: Library

The Golem and the Jinni
Summary: A Golem and a Jinni arrive, separately, in New York City, alone and friendless. Each finds a sponsor of the appropriate culture. The Golem, a placid female-formed creature who aims to please, is taken in by a retired Rabbi. The Jinni poses as an apprentice to a tinsmith in Little Syria.

Hiding their supernatural characteristics, both the Golem and the Jinni struggle to find a place within the immigrant communities of New York at the turn of the twentieth century.

Thoughts: What fun to read a supernatural story that doesn’t feature vampires and werewolves! I read a few Jewish folktales in college and the Golem fits right in with that tradition. The Jinni feels like a creature woven into a tale by Scheherazade.

As much as I enjoyed this glimpse of story-telling in slightly familiar traditions, I was equally intrigued by the realistic portrayal of immigrant life in Gilded Age New York.

2015 Chunkster Challenge
Appeal: Readers who appreciated rich details in history and folklore will enjoy this book.

Challenges: The Golem and the Jinni is my first chunkster of 2015. I’m hoping to read at least four this year.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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