Thursday, July 25, 2013
THE GOLEM and THE JINNI by Helene Wecker
THE GOLEM and THE JINNI
By Helene Wecker
In The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker’s debut novel, we are introduced to, well, a Golem and a Jinni. We learn the backstories of each and how each reached nineteenth century New York City. Both the Golem and the Jinni struggle to fit in among the many immigrant populations settling in New York at that time. Both struggle with their own respective adversities. Eventually, their paths cross. Despite their differences, the Golem and the Jinni become friends, each trying to understand the other’s unique struggles. Amidst their differences, the Golem and the Jinni find love.
The Golem and the Jinni is well written. At times the book feels disjointed, but by the end of the book, all the disparate parts converge.