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The Golem and the Jinni

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

While I was initially drawn to this title simply by the title, t

While I was initially drawn to this title simply by the title, this has become one of my favorite reads this year.  Combining the feel of a fairy tale with a romance and mixing in a serious underlying story that weaves in cultures, history, and folklore to create a tale...
While I was initially drawn to this title simply by the title, this has become one of my favorite reads this year.  Combining the feel of a fairy tale with a romance and mixing in a serious underlying story that weaves in cultures, history, and folklore to create a tale of the immigrant experience that is unlike any I have ever read.  




The Golem; Chava, is a figure born from clay and known in the lore of the Eastern European Jews.  Ahmad, the Jinni, is born of the fire in the Bedouin camps in the Syrian desert.  Together the essence of who they are is trapped in human forms, as they are navigating the immigrant neighborhoods and experiences of 1890’s New York.  These two very disparate characters manage to form a friendship and ultimately a bond that traverses their cultural differences and the pull of their destinies against their desires and free will. 




Solidly researched and impeccably characterized, the story carefully and precisely wends its way through the immigrant neighborhoods as it carefully lays groundwork to bring all of the pieces together at the end.  Both Ahmad and Chava have knowledge and magic that can be used to alter and change perceptions or situations, should they, could they and will they utilize this for noble or selfish purpose.  All will be answered when your travel through the streets and neighborhoods of New York.  




As a first novel, this couldn’t have been better.  Never did the story suffer from an overload of information or descriptions, nor was the pacing impacted as the information was presented.  Every character is well defined and built and minute details are not missed, the neighborhoods and people fairly come to life in your imagination.  The book is enchanting and will please many readers from all walks of life. 




I received an eBook copy from the publisher from Edelweiss for purpose of honest review.  I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

posted by gaele on April 23, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

10 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

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Another braggart plot spoiler review, bragging how they got the book for free for their * honest and unbiased* opinion, which right off tells me it will reveal everything while brown-nosing the author, which doesnt really give a true review. Its just a mini rewrite of t...
Another braggart plot spoiler review, bragging how they got the book for free for their * honest and unbiased* opinion, which right off tells me it will reveal everything while brown-nosing the author, which doesnt really give a true review. Its just a mini rewrite of the book, which gives the poster a deluded sense of being an author themselves. These plot spoilers should not be allowed to post these spoilers.

posted by 8888649 on April 24, 2013

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Great job creating two fascinating characters!

    I loved both characters and the setting of New York City past. Still it was a little confusing with the other characters involved. I wanted to love the book but I ended up just thinking it was OK and not sure whether to recommend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Entertaining read while it lasted but not memorable

    I liked it well enough and ended up caring for the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Disappointing

    Since one of my favorite novels of all time had a golem (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay), I thought I would love this novel. Unfortunatey, no. The characters are unique, making me care about them, and the story isn't one I'd come across before. The writing itself is also top notch. The problem is the length of the novel. I think I could have loved this novel if it had been trimmed down from its current 470 pages to 300.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    If you like well-written historical fiction - this is for you!

    This novel is a beautifully written and well-researched work of historical fiction. The author succeeds in transporting her readers into this very interesting era in NYC. The title of the novel led me to believe it would be more of a fantasty read, so for me, the fact that it wasn't was a little disappointing. The relationship between the two protagonists and their feelings for each other are handled very subtley, so do not look for grand sweeping declarations of emotion a la "Twilight", however, if you've enjoyed novels like "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" in the past, then you will definitely enjoy "The Golem and the Jinni".

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Different Okay but not exciting

    It seemed to drag on in spots and the main characters seemed superfical and mundane considering their nature. Some of the other characters had so much potential to add to the story but were included on the fringe... i.e. the child Matthew and ice cream Sala. I was expecting something much more exotic and exciting overall with a quick pace....but it was more slow and plodding.... much like the Golem.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 11, 2013

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