Author Irving Karchmar is Master of his Craft
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Master of the Jinn? All I can do is repeat that this is a most extraordinary work of art, full of action, suspense, well-crafted plot development, and complex characterizations.
As if these qualities were not sufficient to guarantee a deeply satisfying reading experience, the book also accesses timeless themes of spiritual teaching and religious history, all wrapped up in modern language, and narrated by a main character who speaks to the reader in the reader’s own language—- literally as well as figuratively. The book has been or will be published in eight other languages by the end of 2009, insha’Allah.
I might not have discovered this book except that author Irving Karchmar’s blog Darvish, www.darvish.wordpress.com, attracted me, on several levels. His poetic writing style, combined with an earthy humility, charmed me as it revealed nuggets of Sufi wisdom within the context of each post. I found myself checking in with Darvish regularly.
This is not a book to read with a calm, contemplative spirit, at least not the first time around. It’s too exciting. I literally could not put it down except by an act of will. I won’t tell you who is master of the jinn, but I will tell you that Irving Karchmar is master of his craft.