Take two mythical creatures, one from Jewish folklore and the other from Arabic stories, put them together in 1890 New York City, and you have Helen Wecker’s modern fairy tale The Golem and the Jinni.
I enjoyed Wecker’s obvious research into the history and characteristics of her creations, and it was a nice story, but it didn’t transcend beyond that for me. With all the rave reviews of this novel, I expected many layers to explore. But I found nothing beyond the standard ethics and what makes us human. This is standard stuff for young adult novels and quite frankly, I expected more.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013
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