Saturday, April 30, 2016
Review: The Golem and the Jinni
The Golem and the Jinni is part historical fiction and part fantasy. The reader gets to travel the streets of Little Syria as well as live side by side with a rabbi and in a home for recently arrived Jewish immigrants.
While Chava and Ahmad are distinctly unique characters, this story is essentially about being an immigrant, an outsider, someone who doesn't fit in. As the two try to acclimate to their new lives, they search for the things that make someone human. In many ways, they are opposites--Chava is made of clay and struggles to express emotion, while Ahmad is full of fire and ready to woo women or confront enemies. But when they are together, they learn things they never would have grasped on their own.
This was a book that I didn't want to end. I would have been happy to dive deeper into Ahmad's past, or wander the early morning streets with Chava. The good news is that Helene Wecker is continuing their story with a sequel, which will tentatively be published in 2018.
The Golem and the Jinni
By Helene Wecker
Harper April 2013
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