Review: Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker

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If this book had to prove a quote, it would be: opposite attracts

Enchanting. I think I’m in love.. with the writing, I mean. Three words—gorgeous, sexy and spellbinding. I can’t believe this kind of writing still exists, and I was lucky enough to experience it. This book would pass as some kind of ancient tale that was left inside an abandoned house in the middle of the desert and was (and still, if you haven’t read it yet) waiting patiently for you. And the characters—oh man—they had their own personality and identity. They felt so real, so alive! Every time I immerse myself in reading, it feels as if I know the characters, as if I’ve lived with them, and to my disappointment, I realized I was JUST reading.

Engaging. Because of the presence of such talent from Wecker, it’s bound to be engaging. I had to sacrifice my grade, just to keep on reading (not really.) It always manage to occupy my mind, like I would empathize with the character, put myself in their shoes and think of what would’ve done differently.

I know what you’re asking: if you love it so much, then why not give it five stars? The thing is, cliché as it sounds, I love happy endings. Now hear me out; I think every story deserves a happy ending, even if it sounds ridiculous, even if it’s not appropriate, even if its wrong. I don’t know, I just feel like with all the trouble the character had to go through, I think he/she deserves a happy ending. And because of this, I had to take away one star.

But don’t be upset, I understand why the author had to do it, which is to keep the story alive and beating. The ending was very appropriate and reasonable, if I should say so myself, but not my type.

Besides that, it was a wonderful read. And I hope this is not the only one left.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes, so much love for this book

Recommended to: To people who are in the look out for something to pierce their heart with

(Fullybooked, Tall/Large Copy, P 720)


Below are information about this book.

Publication: April 23rd 2013 by Harper (first published 2013)

From Goodreads:

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 jinni, 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 Jinni 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

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