Sharon Buchbinder's Reviews > Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel

Master of the Jinn by Irving Karchmar
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Read from November 15 to December 05, 2010

This story has taken me by delighted surprise. What I thought would be a spiritual piece (based on the cover)is a historical mystery wrapped in legends and myths. I look forward to finishing this book to see where the author leads me.

Beginning of the story was strong. I was intrigued by the myths of my favorites Solomon, Sheba, Jinn, all told through the lenses of both Islamic and Jewish cultures. So much in common, so much to learn from each other.

The craft of the book--perhaps lost in translation?--threw me out of the story often, so often that I had to re-read passages to try to make sense and get back into the story. The main narrator was a scribe, but often and inexplicably, the reader would be in another character's head, shifting point of view so fast that it was bewildering.

Otherwise, I liked the story and the visit to the underworld of the Jinn was vivid and evocative of many mythologies.
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