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5.0 out of 5 stars The Golem and the Djinni, 27 April 2014
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I always look out for books which incorporate flights of fancy in their makeup, and this one seemed to fit the bill.

In 1899 in New York, two disparate creatures arrive in the city. One, a golem created in Poland, whose master dies en route. She is taken in and cared for by Rabbi Meyer in the Jewish neighbourhood of New York. The other, a jinni whose life had been lived in the Syrian desert, released from an old copper flask by a tinsmith Boutros Arbeely; how he got there the jinni cannot recall.

This book follows a delightful story of these two very different beings trying to find and make their way in a new environment filled with very different people, each struggling to make sense of the world in which they unwittingly find themselves. Along the way we also meet other characters, each unique and troubled in their own ways; the Rabbi's newphew Michael, the tragic ice cream maker Saleh, and Yehudah Schaalman, driven to find what became of the golem he created. And around them all the city hums with its diverse immigrants and cultures.

This is a book filled with wonder and delight; the sounds, smells and tastes of late nineteenth century New York, the cultural diversity and the strangeness of it all to the immigrants; mingled with that the other world experience of the jinni and the newly born wonder of the golem. Slowly the story builds to a confrontation, a clash of civilisations - old, new, known and unknown as everybody tries to find their own peace and salvation in this strange new world.

It's hard to believe this is the author's first book - the writing is assured, the characterisation complete, the narrative well paced and flowing. A wonderful, enchanting read.
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Initial post: 28 Apr 2014 01:19:35 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Are I only know one Jjjinni from the Wishmaster films lol.

Golem wants the precious food master lol.

Excellent review KR it sounds a good read.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2014 01:36:22 BDT
Keen Reader says:
I don't know the Wishmaster films, are they any good?
I remember there was an episode in X-Files years ago that had a golem in it. Very convincingly creepy kind of cultural thing, a golem.
Thanks timelord007; this was a really good read, and quite different.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2014 10:48:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2014 10:51:35 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Nah the Wishmaster movies are over the top gory & bit daft, Yes there was It was titled Kaddish from Season 4 episode 15 a very creepy X Files episode.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2014 19:50:17 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Oh I won't bother looking them out then.
I always enjoyed X-Files, was a great program.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2014 21:22:19 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Sure they did a episode about me somewhere during the series.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2014 21:24:28 BDT
Keen Reader says:
hmmmm, possibly! I seem to recall something ...
:-)
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