I have a confession. I broke my own rule. I can’t put this book down, and I have read ahead. I have read so far ahead, that as I write this, I am scanning chapters 9 – 16 in an effort to not give away what lies beyond.
Did I mention that I love this book?
We ended last week’s reading with the bold and rebellious Jinni racing back to Arbeely’s in the rain after seducing a rich New York socialite. Arbeely is aghast with the Jinni’s carelessness and can’t believe he would risk his existence in Little Syria for a little thrill seeking. Realizing Arbeely may be right, Ahmad takes to combing the streets of New York, night after night to overcome his restlessness. But all of the aimless wandering doesn’t fill his needs, so he returns to Sophia one more time.
We learn a bit more about Ahmad’s life before – his fascination with humans grows until eventually he enters the dreams of a young Bedouin girl. He learns of her life and the daily activities of the Bedouin. We are seeing a pattern in the Jinni’s behaviors. He is bold, self-indulgent, and careless. He pays no concerns to potential consequences, as long as his curiosities are satisfied…
So different from the Golem.
When they first encounter one another, the Golem is alarmed. She is scared that this man of fire can she what she truly is,and she flees. She, too is restless, and as the colder months set in her clay body gets tight and stiff. The confinement of her four walls is more than she can handle. But ever cautious, she doesn’t want to raise suspicion by walking the streets of New York alone after dark. Instead she takes on more work as a seamstress.
The monotony of her night begins to overwhelm her, and against her better judgement, Chava decides to go walking with the Jinni when he comes to find her. A great and unlikely friendship has begun. So different from each other in composition and spirit, yet only able to fully be themselves in the other’s presence.
What about you? Are you as captivated as I with this tale? Do you think this friendship is a good thing for each of them? Or is it simply a shortcut to disaster?
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