The Rabbi's Cat

The Rabbi's Cat

Book - 2005
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Gaining the ability to speak after swallowing a parakeet, the rabbi's cat uses his newfound talent to tell lies, the consequences of which lead to being banned from contact with the rabbi's daughter and an education in the Torah
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780375422812
Branch Call Number: Fiction Sfar TEEN
Characteristics: 142 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm

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A rabbi, his daughter, and a talking cat face life challenges in Algeria in the 1930s.


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lovemybranch
Aug 09, 2015

The Rabbi's Cat:
A marvelous book! I love the way that the drawings of the cat range from fairly realistic to strangely caricatured. Sfar has an incredible ability to capture cat body language. The rabbi and Zlabya are both wonderful characters. I appreciated seeing a bit of Algerian Jewish experience.

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thoshmore
Dec 25, 2014

I'm not Jewish, but I know enough of Jewish culture to really like this book. And I know enough of cats. Sfar gets both right in a wonderful way. What keeps me from giving this 5 stars is the fact that I don't really like the artwork -- I can see that it's well done, but this style of angularity and distortion doesn't work for me. I'm much more of a Wrightson/Vess fan (I could give a long list of other graphic novelists, but if you don't know those two it won't help). In all other ways, this is a thoughtful and fascinating book.

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Sanrin
Jun 27, 2014

Interesting and fund, but the animated movie is even better and more unpredictable.

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garrettsbarry
Jan 30, 2012

Although comic and well illustrated, the overall message seemed as hopeless and narrow minded as the religious ideals that tries to undermine.

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flameglimmer
May 19, 2010

Excellent graphic novel about a cat who gains the ability to talk and the evolution of his relationship with his master and mistresses, as well as his religious education.

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bibliouncommon
May 20, 2008

Fabulous graphic novel! Sfar has obviously channelled his cat, and this makes for an authentic, original, and eccentric character.

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fgherman
Mar 14, 2008

Charming!

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