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 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.


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A “before and after” picture of the stairs which led up from the Normandie´s first class smoking room to the Café Grille. One can see the damages caused by the fire, which broke out on February 9th 1942, whilst the ship was being reconverted into a troop ship in New York Harbor. The Normandie was badly damaged and eventually capsized. A formal investigation came to the conclusion that the fire had been caused by the carelessness of the workers, who had been welding next to a pile of higly inflamable life jackets. The Normandie was eventually lifted and scrapped in 1945.

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fixaidea  asked:

Top five ships? (As in the physical thing, not as in pairing :D)

HMMM let’s see.

  1. Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, which they found parts of recently, which is AMAZING. The name is a reference to the War of the Spanish Succession, I believe, and the queen at the time 
  2. I love the history behind Sam Bellamy’s Whydah, which was once a slave ship that was turned to piracy when Bellamy stole it and I love that. It was destroyed when it hit the rocks near Cape Cod (I think) in a storm that also killed Bellamy himself, though they found the wreck later on
  3. I have a fondness for the Cutty Sark, which is in the harbor in Greenwich near the National Maritime Museum 
  4. There is a REALLY COOL 19th century tall ship replica in New York harbor and I can’t remember the name, but I took like 1.2 million pictures. There’s a little maritime museum there, so if anyone goes to NYC I recommend it! 
  5. To toss in a fictional ship, The Walrus in Black Sails, because I cried when it blew up, that ship was like a character unto itself