Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Two worlds collide in this stunning tale of magical realism set amongst the Jewish and Syrian immigrant communities of New York as the 19th century comes to an end.  It's the story of a golem, a creation of dark Kaballistic magic, sworn to serve and obey a master who dies on the boat ride from Europe.  Alone and lost in New York, her path crosses with a Jinni, a fire creature from the Middle East, who has found himself likewise bound to an unknown wizard and stranded.  Their friendship is unlikely but intense, until circumstances tear them apart and each must face the magic that created them.

Words fail me.  This is some of the most beautiful writing I've read in quite a while.  And, even more mind blowing, it's a debut novel.  It's an amazing way to start my new year of reading.  As beautiful as the story is, the actual highlight of the novel is the writing itself.  It's just stunning.  

Entertainment Value
It took me a while to get into the story.  I was intrigued, but not captivated.  The amazing writing kept me going, though, and I'm so glad it did.  Because the story took off and I couldn't put it down.  The characters are the highlight here.  The main characters, but also the supporting characters, have the most rich back stories and are so beautifully developed.

Such an amazing, beautiful book.  I can't say enough good things about it.  I've been raving about it for days to my friends because I just can't stop talking about it.  It reminded me so much of The Night Circus and also The History of Love.  Do yourself a favor and read it right away!

Thanks to TLC for providing me with a copy to review.  You can click here to see the other blogs participating in the tour.


  1. Oh, I like your comparison to The Night Circus! I haven't read The History of Love, but since I adored both The Night Circus and The Golem and the Jinni, I'll have to check it out.

    I'm so thrilled you were on this tour!

  2. I hadn't even though of The Night Circus while reading The Golem in the Jinni! You're right, there are some similar magical elements.