Letters to a Djinn – Grace Zaring Stone

Written by: on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

I don’t remember how I stumbled across this book on Google (eBook on Google Books). What surprised me was that I couldn’t find any reviews on the book or what it was about. I was immediately intrigued by the fact that it was published in 1922 and I wanted to know how a djinn was portrayed at the time.

Right away, the whole thing is a collection of letters written by a woman who signs her letters as “Sinbad” and she’s writing to a guy named “Hinbad” about her trip where she was hired to fetch a woman’s sister. After reading three letters, I closed it down and said, “This is boring.” However, after I kept thinking about it, I fired it open and kept reading.

Sinbad goes by boat and meets several people on it and visits places along the way. This Hinbad had made several appearances in the letters where she says something like, ‘then you appeared before me in the form of a djinn’… I kept reading because I wanted to know more about this djinn. As I read through the book, It became obvious that Hinbad was nothing more than her being alone and thinking of her friend about recent events that went on and what advice he would’ve given.

I guess it was more of a romance than anything else… I should’ve seen it coming from a mile away.

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