Welcome to Wishlist Wednesday!
The concept is to post about one book from our wish lists that we can’t wait to read. Want to play? Here’s how:
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- Do a post about one book from your wishlist and why you want to read it.
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- Put a link back to Pen to Paper somewhere in your post.
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My Wishlist Wednesday book is:
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
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.
Why do I want to read this?
I don’t just want to read this — I’m dying to read this! The story of two magical creatures from distinctly different cultures and traditions sounds amazing, and I’ve heard so many good things about this book already. I love stories about golems, and introducing a golem and a jinni in old New York sounds too good to be true. As both magical and historical fiction, this sounds like something I’ll love.
Full disclosure: Over the weekend, I discovered that I still had an unused but almost expired Groupon for a local bookstore, so I ran right out and picked up a copy of The Golem and the Jinni. It’s so pretty! The cover is gorgeous is person, and the page edges are dark blue — the whole thing just looks so special! My problem now is that between work demands and some upcoming travel, I won’t have time to enjoy this book until mid-July at the earliest.
So what’s on your wishlist this week?
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