It combines the genre of historical fiction with elements of fantasy , telling the story of two displaced magical creatures in 19th century New York City.
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In the Polish town of Konin , a corrupt kabbalist named Yehudah Schaalman creates a golem in the shape of a woman at the request of young Otto Rotfeld, who seeks a submissive wife. Rotfeld dies during a subsequent sea voyage to New York City, leaving the newly awakened golem in an unfamiliar environment. A rabbi takes in the golem and, naming her Chava, starts teaching her to pass as human among the diverse groups of people living in New York at the end of the 19th century.
With no memory of how he was subdued, the jinni is virtually powerless and trapped in human form. He takes the name Ahmad and apprentices with the tinsmith while searching for a way to return to his natural form.
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Chava and Ahmad eventually meet and become friends, though they have different views on being inhuman while living in a human world. Chava is caring and seeks to be more human, whereas Ahmad holds a jaded view towards humanity and engages in hedonistic pursuits. Chava and Ahmad's influence on the lives of the people around them comes to a climax as Chava's creator comes to New York and turns out to be a reincarnation of the evil sorcerer who trapped Ahmad, intent on enslaving them both. The Golem and the Jinni received mostly positive reviews.
The audiobook presentation, narrated by George Guidall , was a finalist for a Audie Award.
Reviewers latched on to themes of immigration within the novel. The immigrants around them, too, struggle in a new world that is strange and suspicious of their presence. Above all, this is a story about the painful burdens of history and identity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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