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The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar
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A rabbi's cat eats a parrot and gains the ability to speak in 1930's Algiers. Thus begins arguments on theology, philosophy, and simple social propriety.

The artwork for this is beautiful, especially the scenes of Paris in the rain. The writing is hilarious, and perfectly capture's what I'd imagine a cat's perspective to be... All in all, a great set of comics, none standing out hugely from the others instead all being a uniform level of greatness. No complaints here. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
A graphic novel about a rabbi's cat, what eats a parrot and gains the power of speech. The rabbi and the cat go on some domestic adventures and argue about religion. This is excellent all around, and I'm convinced that Lying Cat is descended from the Rabbi's cat. Recommended. ( )
  lycomayflower | Dec 18, 2017 |
An enchanting, well written book with a fun art style. The story is sort of all over the place, starting and stopping and ultimately ending in a very haphazard manner. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
It is fun to watch a cat ask sometimes irreverent, but thoughtful questions about religion. This a quirky, insightful, and enjoyable read. ( )
  EllsbethB | Jul 26, 2016 |
This graphic novel tells the story of a cat, his master, a rabbi, his master's daughter living in Algeria. The cat eats a parrot and suddenly gains the ability to speak. He uses the ability to tell lies and asks to be taught in Jewish ways and to go through Bar Mitzvah. Later stories involve the rabbi's attempt to become the permanent rabbi of his synagogue and his daughter's marriage and honeymoon. I found the stories to be somewhat sacrilegious. I never warmed to the image the artist used for the cat. Some of the art work was more appealing than the primary character. The cat seemed to take a back seat in the second and third stories. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jun 29, 2015 |
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Jewish people aren't crazy about dogs.
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I answer him that even a kitten would not buy this nonsense.
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The Rabbi's Cat collects the first three books of the series, originally published in France. Please do not combine with Le Chat du Rabbin, tome 1 : La Bar-Mitsva which is the first book alone.
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The preeminent work by one of France’s most celebrated young comics artists, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat–a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.
In Algeria in the 1930s, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and gains the ability to speak. To his master’s consternation, the cat immediately begins to tell lies (the first being that he didn’t eat the parrot). The rabbi vows to educate him in the ways of the Torah, while the cat insists on studying the kabbalah and having a Bar Mitzvah. They consult the rabbi’s rabbi, who maintains that a cat can’t be Jewish–but the cat, as always, knows better.
Zlabya falls in love with a dashing young rabbi from Paris, and soon master and cat, having overcome their shared self-pity and jealousy, are accompanying the newlyweds to France to meet Zlabya’s cosmopolitan in-laws. Full of drama and adventure, their trip invites countless opportunities for the rabbi and his cat to grapple with all the important–and trivial–details of life.
Rich with the colors, textures, and flavors of Algeria’s Jewish community, The Rabbi’s Cat brings a lost world vibrantly to life–a time and place where Jews and Arabs coexisted–and peoples it with endearing and thoroughly human characters, and one truly unforgettable cat.

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When the rabbi's cat wins the gift of speech by swallowing a parakeet, he uses it both to tell lies (that he didn't eat the parakeet, for example) and to tell his own story. But now that he's lied, the rabbi forbids him from talking to his daughter, Zlabya, and vows to educate him in the Torah. For his part, the cat wants to study Kabbalah and he wants a bar mitzvah. But the question of whether a feline can be Jewish must first be intensely debated by the cat and his master. When Zlabya falls in love with a dashing young rabbi, both are crestfallen and jealous, but the journey to meet the young man's secular family in Paris provides additional opportunities for the rabbi and his cat to discuss both the important and petty details of life. Vibrant with the colors, textures, and feeling of a lost world (one where Jews and Arabs easily co-existed) "The Rabbi's Cat is populated with wholly believable and endearing people and one truly unforgettable cat.… (more)

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