Study Guide

The Golem and the Jinni Tough-o-Meter

By Helene Wecker


(4) Base Camp

Even though the New York of 1899 is a mélange of different languages and cultures that can be nearly impossible for a newcomer to navigate and comprehend, reading The Golem and the Jinni is like having a tour guide versed in every culture and language you could possibly encounter. Wecker so thoroughly researched this book, that everything from the Jewish mysticism, to tinsmithing, to navigating the rooftops of the Bowery feels familiar almost instantly. Some of the names might look difficult to pronounce at first glance, but just sound them out. Other than that, there's no way to get lost on this journey.