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 to 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 1899.
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
Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker's debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Age Range: NA - NA years
Grade Level: NA - NA
Paperback: 512 Pages
Product Dimension (L x W x H): 20.83 x 13.97 x 3.05 CM
Shipping Weight: 0.45 Kg
This edition I bought has deckle edge - the ones with uneven pages which makes it looks vintage, and easier to open the pages, really love the way Helene Wecker write the novel, it's so beautiful it feels magical. I think anyone would love to see this retelling/reimagine of the infamous Jinni in tales we have been familiar with in early 20th century New York with his quirky friendship with female Golem.