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[Helene Wecker] The Golem and The Jinni: A…
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[Helene Wecker] The Golem and The Jinni: A Novel (P.S.) Deckle Edge - Paperback

di Helene Wecker (Autore)

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Chava, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire, form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York until a fateful choice changes everything.
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ˆIl ‰genio e il golem di Helene Wecker

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    La bambina di neve di Eowyn Ivey (Iudita)
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    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell di Susanna Clarke (spacemoth, unlucky)
    unlucky: Both have magic hidden in a historical setting, and both have the same kind of atmosphere.
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    sturlington: The author said it inspired her.
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    L'occhio del golem di Jonathan Stroud (passion4reading)
    passion4reading: An example of a successful combination of different cultural/mystical elements, with a djinni and - surprisingly - a golem.
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    L'amuleto di Samarcanda di Jonathan Stroud (Anjali.Negi)
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    Lo straordinario mondo di Ava Lavender di Leslye Walton (Othemts)
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    L'oceano in fondo al sentiero di Neil Gaiman (sturlington)
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    La vita invisibile di V. E. Schwab (soelo)
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    The Bird King di G. Willow Wilson (Othemts)
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    Cronache del ghiaccio e del fuoco di George R. R. Martin (capetowncanada)
    capetowncanada: After reading George R.R. Martin I've had a hard time finding anything that measures up. This does just that, a well written and imaginative story of two fabled creatures in 1899 NY.
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This was a fascinating book about what makes a person. The jinni and the golem transcend their assigned natures to meet in the middle.

It was also a fascinating book about the clash of cultures, and a fascinating historical novel about turn-of-the-last-century New York, and what life was like for immigrants then. (Again with the clash of cultures).

It was a book about how one man's self absorption had repercussions far beyond what anyone could have imagined.

It was well-written and vivid, and I eschewed several much-anticipated other books in order to finish it. The ending fit perfectly to the story, leaving the reader with hope for the future.

I'm glad I read it. ( )
  Bookladycma | May 18, 2024 |
What a story! Hard to find a word put wrong in this fascinating fantasy tale. ( )
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
One of the best books I've read. Superb audiobook. ( )
  ahef1963 | May 18, 2024 |
A bit of a slow read, but still an interesting story. I like the characters and the setting a lot, and I'll probably read the sequel. ( )
  zeronetwo | May 14, 2024 |
This historical intrusion fantasy is about a golem without a master created in the form of a woman and a jinni imprisoned in human form both ending up in New York City in the early twentieth century. Their lives intersect and overlap as they each struggle with the freedom and confinement of their new ways of being. For a golem, this is more freedom than she could imagine—or know what to do with. But for a jinni, this is a life of horrifying captivity... even though he can do as much, if not more, than what any human can do.

I enjoyed the book but did not love it, though I can see why many others may have loved it. Where it really work is in Wecker's depiction of the immigrant communities of gaslight-era New York, and in the two central characters. There are a lot of great observations, both large and small, of the people and their world. Good character moments, good complications, interesting interactions.

But I did find that at times the backstory of the jinni was delved into more than I was actually interested in, threatening to overwhelm the present-day material that had actually hooked me on the story. The core idea of the title sometimes felt a bit lost in at all.
  Stevil2001 | Apr 26, 2024 |
The title characters of “The Golem and the Jinni” are not the book’s only magic. The story is so inventive, so elegantly written and so well constructed that it’s hard to believe this is a first novel. Clearly, otherworldly forces were involved.
aggiunto da karenb | modificaStar-Tribune, Curt Schleier (Jun 15, 2013)
 
You think a relationship is complicated when a woman is from Venus and a man is from Mars? Trust me, that’s a piece of cake compared with the hurdles that a modest golem and a mercurial jinni face when they fall in love.
 
The sometimes slow pace picks up considerably as the disparate characters decipher the past and try to save the souls variously threatened by the golem and the jinni, as well as by the Jewish conjurer and (surprise) a Syrian wizard. The interplay of loyalties and the struggle to assert reason over emotion keep the pages flipping.
aggiunto da karenb | modificaNew York Times, Susan Cokal (May 16, 2013)
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Helene Weckerautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Beals, Jesse TarboxImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Guidall, GeorgeNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Ljoenes, RichardProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Ruoto, WilliamDesignerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato

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"A man might desire something for a moment, while a larger part of him rejects it. You'll need to learn to judge people by their actions, not their thoughts."
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These were the world's first people. Everything they did, every action and decision, was entirely new, without precedent. They had no larger society to turn to, no examples of how to behave. They only had the Almighty to tell them right from wrong. And like children, if His commands ran counter to their desires, sometimes they chose not to listen. And then they learned that there are consequences to one's actions.
As the daughter of one of the richest and most prominent families in New York--indeed, in the country--it had been made clear to her, in ways both subtle and overt, that she was expected to little more than simply exist, biding her time and minding her manners until she made a suitable match and continued the family line. Her future unrolled before her like a dreadful tapestry, its pattern set and immutable. There would be a wedding, and then a house somewhere nearby on the avenue, with a nursery for the children that were, of course, mandatory.
"Once a golem develops a taste for destruction," the old rabbi said, "little can stop it save the words that destroy it. Not all golems are as crude or stupid as this one, but all share the same essential nature. They are tools of man, and they are dangerous. Once they have disposed of their enemies they will turn on their masters. They are creatures of last resort. Remember that."
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