the rabbi’s cat

March 14, 2008

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I enjoyed ‘The Rabbi’s Cat‘ so much that the first thing I did when I finished the book was to start all over again on the first page. There’s so much to look at in my latest library loan about an Algerian rabbi in the 30’s, his daughter and his cat who eats their parrot and gains the power of speech. This leads to all manner of complications, including if cats can be Jewish, and if so if they can have bar mitzvahs as well (the rabbi’s rabbi thinks not).

The characters are all drawn in lifelike action by the celebrated French artist Joann Sfar (don’t forget to check out his special English page). Of course, the star of the show is the cat himself in all his feline poses and moods. Sfar seems to have a cat hotline, so this book is a must if you’ve ever wondered what your own feline friend is saying to you.

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