The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Jinni

By Helene Wecker

  • Release Date: 2013-04-23
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 414 Ratings


In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

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

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker's debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.


  • A book for all times

    By Gramcy
    This story could have been written for the world today or hundreds of years ago. The story of the Jinni and the Golem is a story of courage, of being different and overcoming obstacles in everday life. Truly one of my favorite books.
  • Great Storytelling

    By Toni FGMAMTC
    This is amazing writing. I have never read a story quite like it. It brings so much in to question, beliefs, faiths, religions, etc. It takes place during a time when people had to go between Europe and America by ship and women didn't go around unchaperoned. It mostly has a realistic feel with a few big exceptions. The two main characters aren't human. There are also magicians and such. It's pretty low on the low fantasy scale, but at the same time those fantastical elements are what the whole plot is about.
  • Got me through a difficult time.

    By JDoak(yourmom)
    Started a new job a little over a year ago and it was very stressful for me and I wasn't good at it yet. This book was my one of few escapes. Good story, liked all the culture. Highly recommend.
  • Good but slow in parts

    By Ender5
    Solid prose and an interesting concept that slows for the middle third of the book to the point where I felt I was just slogging through it. Still recommended though.
  • The Golem and the Jinni

    By GAGER01
    I hope Helene writes sequels to this book. Very interesting. A very, very good read!
  • Loved it!

    By Lida207
    I was enchanted by the characters and the story! A delightful and engaging read that I couldn't put down.
  • Spellbinding.

    By B.H. Vrux
    A reminder of my love for the novel.
  • The Golem and the Jinni

    By mpowerhall
    Wecker is a brilliant storyteller making the mythic seem human and the strengths and frailies of our human natures somehow elevated in the curious eyes of the immortals. A great tale - I recommend it highly!
  • Amazing

    By Kaxled
    Brought me to true and heartfelt tears and sympathy for those made differently.
  • A great read!

    By VivasDad
    If Neil Gaiman and Michael Chabon ever collaborated I doubt the result would be this FANTASTIC!- thank you Helen Weckler.