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Summary

If you were bewitched by The Night Circus… If you were mesmerised by A Discovery of Witches… If you were enthralled by Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell… You will be enchanted by The Golem and the Djinni.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.

Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free - an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

The Golem and The Djinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures - until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

©2013 Helene Wecker (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

”Set against the vivid backdrop of New York City’s immigrant neighborhoods in the late 19th century, Helene Wecker’s tale of two fabled creatures has the intimate feel of a story handed down from generation to generation” (Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches)

”The author makes you care enough about the humanity of these magical spirits to not only see them through to the end but also to regret that you’ve reached the last page” (New York Times)

”A continuous delight — provocative, atmospheric, and superbly paced” (Boston Globe)

”The Golem and The Djinni are among my favourite fictional people” (Washington Post)

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Extraordinary

Once in many years does a gem such as the Golem & the Djinni come to light.
It is magical, moody & atmospheric, I did not want it to end, the author is very gifted her story line rare I trust that she writes more novels in the same vain, the book was exceptional.

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  • Mrs
  • Longtown, United Kingdom
  • 15-06-14

Kept me enthralled until the end

There are some books that I think are ok and I sometimes listen to them on my commute to work and some I can't wait to get back to because I am desperate to know what happens next. This book is most definitely in the latter category. Never mind the commute, I listened to it at home, on the train and in the car and managed the full 18 hours or so within a month. I have always loved Arabian Nights type stories with Djinn so stretching my imagination to include a Golem was not too difficult. The only negative thing I can say about it was I got a bit lost with the Djinni ' s story of what was the past and what was the present but it all fit together at the end. I have a very visual imagination and saw and felt it all. Loved it!!

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Original and engaging

Brilliant lead characters who are unusual misfits. The narrator gives an excellent performance and is easy to listen too. Set in New York the heroic lead characters are outsiders and a subplot explores what it is to be different. It is really a fairy story come to life though, touching and very enjoyable. Off to look for more from the same author.

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A Magical Journey From Desert To Manhattan

A superbly written slow-burning novel of immense scope that explores what it means to be human through two creatures who are anything but.

Encompassing Judaic and Middle-Eastern folk-lore and traditions, and set in 1899/1900s Manhattan, it is a tale that will have you reluctant to take your headphones off. I found myself sitting in the car, listening, when I should have been in work and having to stay on longer at the office to compensate.

Superbly and sympathetically read by George Guidall, I heartily recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for something a little mystical. If you enjoyed books like 'American Gods' and 'The Night Circus' you will love 'The Golem And The Djinni'. I did and am looking forward to listening to it all over again.

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enchanting listen

What did you like most about The Golem and the Djinni?

the story is entirely engaging and the narrator is absorbing. I couldn't 'put it down'. I can't
wait for the next novel.

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  • C
  • 11-06-14

Suprising listen

Where does The Golem and the Djinni rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Golum and Djinni is within my top ten audio books. I on occasion select a book simply by the interesting title. In this case I really struck gold. By allegory this book succeeds in exploring several human conditions through none human characters. I felt that the experience of being an immigrant, an outsider, and a misfit were very well expressed within a story that has many twists and turns that delight the reader because so often they are not entirely expected

Who was your favorite character and why?

The strength of the book really lies with the two central characters the Dijinni and the Golum. The two strongly represent two often opposing cultures in a gentle and all to human way.

Any additional comments?

Generally I do not write reviews many of te books I have read simply do not warrent one. This book while completing the story left me wanting more about the lives of these two creatures and where time and life lead them to.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Lulu
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 03-12-15

Highly Award- Deserving Masterpiece

Like me, you will kick yourself for not having read this book upon its release. The title is simple enough, offering no more than a simple tale of a golem and gjinni - and really, there is nothing much or authentic that can be told, or can there? The persuasive and tantalizing fact going for this book is that it was critically acclaimed, nominated for the Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Award and, won the 2014 Mythopoeic Award. Wondering what the fuss was, I finally bought the book and found it to be surprisingly intriguing and gripping throughout!

I did indeed found that the story displayed much authenticity in the way it wove in elements of history and fantasy, culture, and religion, different geographical places and complex characters with a well developed plot at its epicentre. The story offers multi-dimensional insight into and tests the boundaries of strongly held beliefs, customs and stigmas along lines of race, religion, sex and culture. It also portrays the fallacies of (human) traits such as selfishness, arrogance, kindness, honesty, morality, immortality, piety, curiosity, etc which often can be confounded, producing unintended consequences. The story as a whole really is quite believable and even where logic dispels belief, one cannot help viewing the story as an allegory, a reflection of the fact that today's society or world is divided by the very boundaries and issues highlighted in this story/book.

One complaint may be that the book is too long and moves at a relatively slow pace throughout. I however, appreciated the length of the book insofar as it allowed for well developed characters and storylines/plot. I also found the narration was brilliant and on point with regard to the different characters and their nationality or culture. This book receives a 5-STAR award from me!!

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Quite unique...

This is a wonderfully, unusual and complex story. One of those where the content is completely unique. It has a melancholy which encompasses a whole box of sadness and dashed happiness. There is a great history that surrounds both of the characters and you can feel the utter sadness and self destructive nature of the Golem, who is totally unable to do anything about her unpredictable personality. The Djinni on the other hand deals with his sadness quite differently and that they both come together in the most improbable manner that they do is what makes this story unique. George Guidall has the perfect voice and probably adds to the whole ambience of the tale which ends as sadly as it begins but it is not a sadness you want to deny yourself. One of the best stories I have read for some time and I would highly recommend it – worth every penny – enjoy.

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  • Fiona
  • Oxfordshire
  • 15-06-17

Sweet dreams are made of these!

I listened to this about 9 months ago but feel moved to write a little review now.
I loved it - it really captured my imagination. So much that I still dream about this book!

Brilliant - great story, well told. Beautifully written. Gold starts all round - highly recommended.

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A lovely slow burn

Loved this. Beautifully written - a mix of fairy tale, folk lore and magic. Initially, I thought it was going to be a bit slow (the Golem and Djinni don't even meet until the end of the first part of the download), but then I relaxed into it, and just enjoyed the gentle rhythm and build up to the inevitable- which was not what I'd predicted. Is it possible to say that a book has texture or colour - almost sense of art? The descriptions are so clear, and the characters' thoughts and moods so well conveyed - and I never felt bored with any of it.

Nothing is wasted in this tale - every character plays their part, and it's a full and diverse cast. Perfectly narrated.

A great listen, even if not quite as gritty as my usual choices.

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  • Rmc
  • 25-02-16

Enthralling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book kept me up at night, as it was so gripping I couldnt stop listening. How I wish there was a sequel, as Im still hung over on the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The djinni and the golem were both mysterious in their own way, making you want to know them in every detail