The Rabbi’s Cat

by Joann Sfar

rabbi's cat

The story begins in 1930’s Algeria. A rabbi’s cat ate a parrot, and suddenly finds himself able to speak. To his master’s consternation, the cat immediately begins to tell lies (“I didn’t eat any parrot!”) The rabbi decides to educate him in the way of the Torah, and the cat insists he wants a Bar Mitzvah, and that by cat’s age he is well past thirteen.

The author cleverly works interesting questions about religion and culture into the story in a charming, humorous and witty way. There is a magic, a tenderness in the story telling. I didn’t exactly like the look of the cat, though I have to admit a good resemblance to the artist’s own pet. He looks a bit devilish in the beginning, but his unique view of things make for interesting narration. The rabbi character is so disarmingly endearing in his honesty, and his love for his cat and his daughter, it’s impossible not to love him.

I am happy to find that there is a second volume. Definitely will get a copy of it!

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Published in: on April 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. That sounds like a great book. I’m adding it to my wishlist. Thanks for the review.


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