BookBrowse Reviews The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

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The Golem and the Jinni

by Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Jinni
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2013, 496 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2014, 512 pages

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Kim Kovacs

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Despite an inviting premise, a tale about two mythical creatures in late nineteenth century New York proves far from satisfying

The Golem and the Jinni is a magical tale about two mythical creatures that cross paths in New York City at the turn of the last century. Recognizing each other as someone outside of humanity – alone and lonely without a sense of community or someone who truly understands them – the two become friends. And, as in the best friendships, they interact in ways that bring out the better natures of each. During the course of the novel, first-time author Helene Wecker leads her readers to ponder such weighty subjects as what it means to be human, the importance of friends, and the place of religion in society.

I have to admit I found this novel a disappointment (and I do realize I'm in the minority in my opinion; many people seem to think it's a delight). I didn't hate it, but it's not one I can wholeheartedly recommend with a clear conscience.

First, I found Wecker's writing...

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