Thursday, May 09, 2013

The Golem and the Jinni

A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN? ‘The Golem and the Jinni’ by Helene Wecker, reviewed by Jane Ciabattari in the Boston Globe. Excerpt:
Two supernatural beings — a Golem, a woman of clay, conjured up by a disgraced rabbi who engages in dangerous Kabbalistic arts, and a Jinni, a shape-shifting fire creature born in the Syrian desert in the seventh century, are drawn together on the streets of New York in 1899. It sounds far-fetched. But in her first novel, “The Golem and the Jinni,” a blend of historic fiction and fantasy with a dash of sci-fi and a sprinkling of philosophical discourse about faith and free will, Helene Wecker makes it work.

Lots more on golems here and links.