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The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel (P.S.) (edição 2013)

por Helene Wecker (Autor)

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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.
Título:The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel (P.S.)
Autores:Helene Wecker (Autor)
Informação:Harper Perennial (2013), Edition: Reprint, 512 pages
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I enjoyed reading it, but I was ready to finish it before it was over. I feel like it was too long, although I'm not sure what part of the story could have been cut out. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
The Golem and the Jinni follows two parallel stories: that of a Golem and a Jinni (of course), each finding their way from fall flung shores to circa 1900 New York City.

It's a relatively complex narrative structure, jumping from the Golem to the Jinni and even to a few minor characters within the space of a chapter. Even in one viewpoint, there are multiple timelines, showing how events a thousand years apart all fit together. Yet despite all of this, I never got lost, never couldn't figure out where I was in the story. It took a while for the story lines to start coming together (for a while, it felt like reading two books), but once they do things just keep pushing towards the conclusion.

Two things in particular I enjoyed about the story were the characters and the magic. The Golem and the Jinni have very different personalities, down to the very core of the sorts of beings they are. There is some commentary about the idea of an unchanging nature and choosing your own fate which I particularly enjoyed. I really felt for both of them by the end of the book and could see why they made the choices they made (even if they didn't make any logical sense).

The magic of the world was also neat. It's fascinating to see the magic of real world traditions. I honestly don't know how much of it was 'real' and how much embellished, but it all stayed just close enough to reality that I could see such things happening just like that in a close cousin of our own world.

Overall, this is one of the best books I've read this year. I'm glad my book club choose it, otherwise it might have been a while before I got around to it. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
No doubt often compared to Michael Chabon, this is genre situated in Jewish, Arab, and immigrant culture in NYC, and is a sweet love story of star-crossed lovers as well as an adventure with evil wizards. Great climax and possible sequel. ( )
  adzebill | Jul 19, 2021 |
A golem and a jinni meet in 1899 New York. Great setup for a novel. Wecker does a pretty good job merging these relics of folklore from two typically disparate cultures. Chava, the golem, and Ahmad, the jinni, both arrive in New York at roughly the same time, with no experience in "modern" cosmopolitan environments, and are forced to adapt and learn how to blend in. And as stories like these are often wont to do, these two characters are thrust together, their fates entwined.

So what's good about this novel? Well, a lot of things. Wecker writes well, and this compels us to keep reading, even when the story itself drags a little. She also creates a good world around her two main protagonists, developing plenty of secondary characters that they interact with in this setting. Some of these are necessarily fleshed out more than others, but none of them feel like stock characters pulled from the reserves and dumped in for a single purposes and then discarded.

Also I really liked the way Wecker laid pieces of this story out for us in the first three-quarters of the book and then wove them together in the end for a fast paced, exciting, climactic finish. I liked the ending, which didn't neatly tie up all the threads, but did a pretty good job, and gave us (the reader) a satisfactory conclusion to both of their stories, with the requisite hint that more could follow. (And indeed she has published a sequel, which is what prompted me to finally pull this book off my shelf and read it, eight years after first buying it.)

So what's not-so-good about this novel? Well, the aforementioned pacing. It took me a lot longer than usual to get through this one because the middle 200-300 pages or so were pretty slow. Once she established her world with Chava and Ahmad in it, Wecker spent a lot of time slowly building a backstory for Ahmad for a big reveal at the end, and while she did so, their lives in 1899 New York just kind of ambled on. Slowly. Without much tension or peril, we kind of just ambled along with them. I have to admit, I put the book down for several days on end just not feeling much urgency to get back to it. Then, when the ending finally came around, it felt a little too rushed. I think she could have upped the tension earlier in the novel and stretched the scenes leading up to the climax back about 100 pages and the pacing would have felt more even throughout.

And there's the ending itself, which I enjoyed, which felt a little forced. There's a deus ex machina element to the final scene which certainly was not needed. Here you have these two powerful and highly intelligent beings battling an evil wizard and they require a random human to step in and save the day??? I feel like with a little more creative brainstorming Wecker could have easily figured out a half-dozen different scenarios in which that could have played itself out differently, where either or both could have achieved the same conclusion. Maybe she ran out of time (publisher deadline?) or she couldn't decide on an ending but regardless that one element nags at me.

Those minor quibbles aside, I highly enjoyed this book and I'm already 2 chapters into the sequel. Very happy I finally pulled this one off the shelf. ( )
  invisiblelizard | Jul 18, 2021 |
Some interesting underlying themes about free will, but ultimately not that compelling for as intriguing as the premise was to this fantasy fan. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
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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.
adicionada por karenb | editarStar-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.
adicionada por karenb | editarThe Washington Post, Chris Bohljalian (May 17, 2013)
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.
adicionada por karenb | editarNew York Times, Susan Cokal (May 16, 2013)

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Wecker, Heleneautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Beals, Jesse TarboxArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Guidall, GeorgeNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ljoenes, RichardDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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