Welcome to BOOK CLUB, which I run with co-conspirator Nicole from Linus’s Blanket. Today we will be chatting about The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, from Harper Books. For those of you reading this post, please remember that this discussion may contain spoilers.
Here is the synopsis of the book I wrote for my review:
A golem and a jinni walk into New York City at the turn of the century. Okay, well, the Jinni doesn’t actually walk, he arrives in a copper flask that has held oil for longer than anyone can remember. The Golem, though, she walks. She walks right off the ship that carried her from Europe and right along the bottom of the harbor. Oh, and also this isn’t a joke, but Helene Wecker’s lovely and magical story about late 19th century immigration, identity, and just a little magic.
I may be updating this post with new questions and ideas over the course of the day.
Here we go…
- First off, what were your general impressions of the book?
- Is this a book you would have read had you not been reading it for a book club?
- What did you think about the relationships between Chava and Rabbi Meyer/Ahmad and Arbeely?
- Why do you think Wecker chose to write about mystical creatures immigrating to the United States (if not exactly willingly) at the turn of the century? Do you think she achieved her goal?
- Any other questions? Anything else you want to discuss?
Copies of The Golem and the Jinni were provided by Harper Books in order to facilitate this discussion.