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The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. April 2013

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“Original and fresh…A fascinating blend of historical fiction and Jewish and Arab folklore” (Library Journal)

“Wecker deftly layers their story over those of the people they encounter...[A] spellbinding blend of fantasy and historical fiction.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The premise is so fresh...A mystical and highly original stroll through the sidewalks of New York.” (Booklist)

“Wecker begins with a juicy premise…and great adventures ensue…She writes skillfully, nicely evoking the layers of alienness that fall upon strangers in a strange land.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Magical thinking comes alive in an enchanting allegory of the immigrant experience as two mythical beings try to make sense of themselves and the world around them.” (Family Circle Magazine)

“THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI is recommended to adults who enjoy a good story and have a childlike sense of make-believe.” (New York Journal of Books)

“It sounds like the setup for a really strange joke: “A golem and a jinni walk into a bakery in early 19th-century New York....” But this debut novel—part fantastic tale, part historical fiction—is one of the most highly anticipated fiction releases of the spring.” (Christian Science Monitor)

“…the most exciting fantasy debut since Susanna Clarke’s JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORELL. Helene Wecker must be a born writer; there is no other way to account for the quality of her prose, as phenomenal as any of the supernatural wonders she delivers in the glorious THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI…” (BookPage)

“In the best instances, you don’t merely read a book—you dive in and happily immerse yourself, forgetting the troubles of daily life for a while. The Golem and the Jinni offers just such an absorbing experience. ” (USA Today)

“One of the joys of the novel is in watching two strangers develop a relationship that, while it’s rooted in their shared magical natures, echoes the way ordinary humans can form bonds starting with a random encounter on a busy street.” (Dallas Morning News)

“An intoxicating fusion of fantasy and historical fiction…Wecker’s storytelling skills dazzle…The book’s magic, filtered through the old-time hustle and bustle of the Lower East Side, lingers long after the final page.” EW Grade: A (Entertainment Weekly)

“The tale is meant to be magical, and it is, but Wecker’s real sleight of pen is recreating Manhattan as it was then. She has a historian’s grasp of detail and a novelist’s flair.” (New York Daily News)

“The author makes you care enough about the humanity of these magical spirits to not only see them through to the end but also to regret that you’ve reached the last page.” (Patricia Cohen, New York Times)

“From its eerie opening pages to its shattering conclusion, The Golem and the Jinni is an astonishing debut novel that sweeps us into a gaslit alternate reality rich enough to get lost in.” (Tom Reiss, author of THE ORIENTALIST and THE BLACK COUNT)

“With a delightful blend of the prosaic and the fanciful, The Golem and the Jinni explores what it means to be human as Chava and Ahmad struggle to live and find love while overcoming the powerful adversary who threatens to destroy them.” (Deborah Harkness, author of A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES)

“A dazzling debut…You’ll be hooked by the vivid interplay of historical fiction, magical fable, and philosophical musing and the colorful supporting cast…Read it in one long, guilt-free gulp (it’s serious literature!).” (San Francisco magazine)

“Wecker maintains her novel’s originality as she orchestrates a satisfying and unpredictable ending. The Golem and the Jinni is a continuous delight — provocative, atmospheric, and superbly paced. ” (Jane Ciabattari, Boston Globe)

“History, magic and religion braid together in old New York’s tenements…The interplay of loyalties and the struggle to assert reason over emotion keep the pages flipping.” (New York Times Book Review)

“An inventive and utterly lovely story…The golem and the jinni…are among my favorite fictional people I spent time with this spring…Wecker is a gifted new voice…I’m glad that her talents have been set free in this novel.” (Chris Bohjalian, Washington Post)

“Masterful…utterly unique and enchanting…Very few debut novels exhibit the charm, assurance, emotional depth and bravura fabulation which the lucky reader will discover in The Golem and the Jinni.” (Paul Di Filippo, barnesandnoble.com)

“Inventive, elegantly written and well-constructed…It’s hard to believe this is a first novel. Clearly, otherworldly forces were involved…the story is so complex and intricately woven that it does not lend itself to summary. It would be like pulling threads from a finely crafted garment to describe the whole.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“A beautifully written historical novel with the added spice of the supernatural to make it unputdownable…The novel comes alive with its vivid portrayal of the humor, warmth, and struggle of life in the everyday Lower East Side. The book’s reality is just as captivating as its fantasy.” (Author Magazine)

“Her story is so inventive, so elegantly written, so well-constructed, it is hard to believe that it is her first novel…The books is so good that I wonder if there was some other-worldly power involved in its creation.” (Jewish Daily Forward)


Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange old man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert.

Struggling to make their way in this strange new place, the Golem and the Jinni try to fit in with their Jewish and Syrian neighbors while masking their true natures. Surrounding them is a community of immigrants: the coffeehouse owner Maryam Faddoul; the solitary ice cream maker Saleh; the kind and caring Rabbi Meyer and his beleaguered nephew, Michael; the adventurous young socialite Sophia Winston; and the mysterious Joseph Schall.

Meeting by chance, the two creatures become unlikely friends until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, threatening their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

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Helene Wecker’s novel about two unusual immigrants is mainly set in New York City around 1900 and she takes you right there. In The Golem and the Jinni, you’ll visit cramped, stuffy tenements as well as stately, airy mansions. You will explore a city that you’ve probably never seen before. Ms. Wecker has a gift for setting. I only wished there would have been a map somewhere in the book to place all the streets and to get a feeling for the distances the characters traveled.

The novel follows the two main characters, a female golem and a male jinni, on their search for freedom and happiness. Chava, the golem, is new to life. She learns fast and adapts to the Jewish immigrant society quickly. Her greatest fear is to hurt someone and so Chava stays wary. Ahmad, the jinni, was free to do whatever he wanted and now he is trapped in human form. His self-conscious and impatient character makes him roam New York City night after night. While Chava wants to be like anyone else, Ahmad only wants to be free again to return home to Syria.

In my opinion, these two main characters are the archetypal immigrants. They are very different from the rest of the people already living in the U.S.. Chava comes to stay and to make a living. She wants to fit in and still has to learn everything to survive. Ahmad is in the U.S. with the goal to return to Syria as soon as he is free again. He resembles those immigrants who came to America to work and make money just to return home again, although lots of them stayed in the end.

As you can see, The Golem and the Jinni is a novel about immigration and different cultures in New York City around 1900, but this book has even more to offer. It is a book about friendship and trust and it’s a riveting read.
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I loved reading this book. Even though it’s pace is relatively slow, the story is so beautiful you just can’t stop reading. It takes you on a marvellous journey of growth and discovery as these two magical creatures discover the city and learn to live inconspicuously among it’s inhabitants.

The ending was a little unexpected though, but I will let you discover that for yourself as I don’t want to risk giving away spoilers.

It is wonderfully written with amazing descriptions of New York and it’s different communities in the 1880’s. This fantastic mix of fantasy and historical fiction e perfect for those who like the genres.

I obviously could not end this post without mentioning the cover. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it, and not just the artwork on the cover, the whole paperback edition is one one the loveliest I have seen so far.
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Von JOKO TOP 500 REZENSENT am 2. November 2013
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Da ich absolut kein Fan von Fantasybüchern bin, war ich mir nicht sicher, ob mir dieser dicke Wälzer gefallen würde. Jetzt am Ende meiner Lesezeit kann ich sagen: "Gar nicht mal so schlecht. " Als Fantasyroman würde ich "The gollem and the jinny" auch nicht unbedingt bezeichnen, sondern eher eine Kombination zwischen Historienroman und Fantasy.

Auf einem Auswandererschiff, das Richtung New York unterwegs ist, wird ein Golem zum Leben erweckt. Rotfeld, ein polnischer Jude, hat sich diesen Golem, in Person einer Frau, bestellt, da er nicht so viel Glück mit Frauen hat. Chava, die nach dem Vorbild seiner Schwester geschaffen wurde, soll ihm in der neuen Welt seine Wünsche erfüllen. Doch ein Blinddarmdurchbruch lässt ihn New York niemals erreichen. Chava, die nun allein in New York ankommt, ist mit der Situation total überfordert, vor allem auch deshalb, weil sie die Gedanken und Wünsche der Menschen hören kann. Gott sei Dank trifft sie einen Rabbi, der sie als das erkennt, was sie ist. Bei ihm findet sie ein Zuhause.
Gleichzeitig wird ein seit 1000 Jahren eingesperrter Dschinn von einem Schmied befreit, der die Flasche , in die Ahmed eingesperrt war, reparieren soll. Er bildet den Dschinn zu seinem Lehrling aus.
Wie der Zufall es so will, treffen Ahmed und Chava aufeinander und bemerken ihre Seelenverwandtschaft. Beide, die versuchen liebe und Freundschaft unter den Menschen zu gewinnen, finden zusammen und versuchen sich gegen einen gemeinsamen Feind zur Wehr zu setzen.

Flüssig liest sich dieses Buch und ist gespickt mit sehr viel Fantasie und detaillierten Beschreibungen der damaligen Zeit.
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Von Plüschie am 16. Juni 2014
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Hervorragend geschrieben, fesselnd, spannend, bunt, packend ... hab ich was vergessen? Lange nicht mehr so an einem Buch hängen geblieben, ein wirklicher "Page-turner". Dazu noch genug Tiefgang für Erwachsene. Geschickt gestrickter Plot. Kein typischer Fantasy-Roman, einfach eine tolle Story. Für ein Erstlingswerk ein ziemlicher Knaller. Hoffentlich gibt's noch mehr von der Autorin!
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