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The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni (edició 2021)

de Helene Wecker (Autor)

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"Richly nuanced and beautiful. . . . An immersive and magical tale of loneliness, love, and finding hope." (Buzzfeed) "A layered novel of many complex characters...To keep their worlds safe, Chava and Ahmad must access both their greatest supernatural powers and their deepest human impulses." (Historical Novels Review) In this enthralling historical epic, set in New York City and the Middle East in the years leading to World War I-- the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Golem and the Jinni--Helene Wecker revisits her beloved characters Chava and Ahmad as they confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world. Chava is a golem, a woman made of clay, who can hear the thoughts and longings of those around her and feels compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a restless creature of fire, once free to roam the desert but now imprisoned in the shape of a man. Fearing they'll be exposed as monsters, these magical beings hide their true selves and try to pass as human--just two more immigrants in the bustling world of 1900s Manhattan. Brought together under calamitous circumstances, their lives are now entwined--but they're not yet certain of what they mean to each other. Both Chava and Ahmad have changed the lives of the people around them. Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, travels to the Middle East to seek a cure. There she meets Dima, a tempestuous female jinni who's been banished from her tribe. Back in New York, in a tenement on the Lower East Side, a little girl named Kreindel helps her rabbi father build a golem they name Yossele--not knowing that she's about to be sent to an orphanage uptown, where the hulking Yossele will become her only friend and protector. Spanning the tumultuous years from the turn of the twentieth century to the beginning of World War I, The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interleave. Can Chava and Ahmad find their places in the human world while remaining true to each other? Or will their opposing natures and desires eventually tear them apart--especially once they encounter, thrillingly, other beings like themselves?… (més)
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Títol:The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni
Autors:Helene Wecker (Autor)
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a total disappointment. I enjoyed the first book . This story seemed dull, and repetitious. A shame it took so long to write such a dull book ( )
  sogamonk | Jan 22, 2023 |
We waited almost a decade for the continuation of the Golem and Jinni’s story, but it was totally worth the wait, as Wecker throws us back into the lively early 20th century New York that set the pace and place of the first novel. Centred on New York’s Jewish and Syrian communities, she brings the setting to life with true to history details that immediately immerse us in these unique cultures that are brought together in a fascinating way by their respective mythical creatures, who play an excellent role as our protagonists. As the Jinni returns from his pilgrimage to the Syrian desert to dispose of the “sorcerer” who plagued the first novel, we once again get to walk the night time streets as he and Chava explore their relationship. The two might not be human, and their concerns are as unique as their supernatural powers, but their time alongside their respective communities has clearly shaped them into beings who have taken on some of humanity’s nature - for better or worse. It was almost inevitable that the challenges of living in New York would come to a head in this storyline, but Wecker does an excellent job of grounding their concerns in their unique reality and keeps a steady pace through the ups and downs of Chava’s and Ahmad’s lives. Alongside their stories also come voices from each community, with carefully crafted characters who grow and evolve alongside Chava and Ahmad, and who become the supports of an accidental yet organic community that grows to surround the two. Ahmad may have locked himself within the Amherst building constructing a physical ironworks palace for a lengthy period of time after the unexpected death of his friend and business partner Boutros Arbeely, but by the final pages it becomes clear that Chava and Ahmad may not be able to live completely as humans, it is equally impossible for them to expect to be able to live as separate supernatural entities from their communities. A strength of character and faith is required of everyone (and a little creativity), since there are no ready-made answers to the challenges of life, and it is the combined efforts of the group that provide the truest creations. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Jan 14, 2023 |
A character-driven novel that is also tightly plotted. Very enjoyable. ( )
  caimanjosh | Jan 11, 2023 |
Advance copy from NetGalley.

What a lovely sequel! I snuggled right back into these characters’ lives, and I loved the additional points of view. Sophia, Kreindel, and Toby’s perspectives added nicely to the intersecting stories, and they enriched the overall narrative. I probably cared least about Dima, but she was still important to the story, and I liked that the other characters were more gracious towards her than I was.

It’s been eight years since I read the first book, and the story could have ended there. The author gracefully worked in review of important plot points to ease the continuation of the story after so long away from it. The complications addressed in this sequel made sense for how things would continue, but it was still hard to see beloved characters struggling. Like the first book, it was a beautifully written, slow build to the culmination of these struggles, and Wecker marked important events in history along the way—the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, World War I, the Russian pogroms, the sinking of the Titanic and the Lusitania—incorporating them into her characters’ lives both directly and peripherally. Once the story hit the climax, it was very hard to put the book down or think of anything else.

The kindness of the immigrant communities and the individuals who guarded Chava and Ahmad’s secrets is part of what makes the books so wonderful. The golem and the jinni’s experience of living among humans—being changed by them, as well as affecting them—is a nice metaphor for the immigrant experience of both adjusting to a new country and enriching it.

The book ends on a hopeful note that, like the first, could be left alone as a completion of the story, but leaves room for more if the author decides to pick up these characters again. I hope she does. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
As wonderful as Wecker's The Golem and the Jinni is, to me, this sequel was even better. The first book was an exploration of humanity. Could magical creatures, one an iron-bound energy being stuck in human form and another a clay being brought to life truly be human? There was a sinister undertone, too, to the first book, with threats to their very existence. In this book, Ahmad the Jinni and Chava the Golem are quietly living their lives, hiding their true nature inearly-1900s New York City. The danger of discovery and possible extinction has lessened considerably, provided they're careful. As the years pass, their emotional lives deepen, leading to more character development. Real world events are worked in seamlessly, such as the Titanic disaster and the start of World War I.

Characters from the previous book as well as new ones get caught up in the Jinni and Golem's lives, including the daughter of an Orthodox rabbi who has secrets of her own, the son of Chava's friend Anna whohas been haunted by a nightmare since he was a baby, and an exiled female jinni searching for the iron-bound jinni of legend. Wecker weaves their stories together and brings them to a satisfying ending that is also a beginning. I hope she writes more with these characters I've come to love. ( )
  ShellyS | Oct 25, 2022 |
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"Richly nuanced and beautiful. . . . An immersive and magical tale of loneliness, love, and finding hope." (Buzzfeed) "A layered novel of many complex characters...To keep their worlds safe, Chava and Ahmad must access both their greatest supernatural powers and their deepest human impulses." (Historical Novels Review) In this enthralling historical epic, set in New York City and the Middle East in the years leading to World War I-- the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Golem and the Jinni--Helene Wecker revisits her beloved characters Chava and Ahmad as they confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world. Chava is a golem, a woman made of clay, who can hear the thoughts and longings of those around her and feels compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a restless creature of fire, once free to roam the desert but now imprisoned in the shape of a man. Fearing they'll be exposed as monsters, these magical beings hide their true selves and try to pass as human--just two more immigrants in the bustling world of 1900s Manhattan. Brought together under calamitous circumstances, their lives are now entwined--but they're not yet certain of what they mean to each other. Both Chava and Ahmad have changed the lives of the people around them. Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, travels to the Middle East to seek a cure. There she meets Dima, a tempestuous female jinni who's been banished from her tribe. Back in New York, in a tenement on the Lower East Side, a little girl named Kreindel helps her rabbi father build a golem they name Yossele--not knowing that she's about to be sent to an orphanage uptown, where the hulking Yossele will become her only friend and protector. Spanning the tumultuous years from the turn of the twentieth century to the beginning of World War I, The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interleave. Can Chava and Ahmad find their places in the human world while remaining true to each other? Or will their opposing natures and desires eventually tear them apart--especially once they encounter, thrillingly, other beings like themselves?

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