The Rabbi's Cat 2

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Overview

Joann Sfar's beloved, humorous, and wise talking cat is back for more beautifully illustrated adventures in Algiers and across Africa in the 1930s. While the rabbi is away, his cat tags along with Malka of the Lions (the rabbi's enigmatic cousin), who roams the desert with his ferocious-on-demand lion. Some believe Malka to be a pious Jew, others think he's a shrewd womanizer, but the cat will be the one to discover the surprising truth.

Back in Algiers, the rabbi's daughter, ...

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Overview

Joann Sfar's beloved, humorous, and wise talking cat is back for more beautifully illustrated adventures in Algiers and across Africa in the 1930s. While the rabbi is away, his cat tags along with Malka of the Lions (the rabbi's enigmatic cousin), who roams the desert with his ferocious-on-demand lion. Some believe Malka to be a pious Jew, others think he's a shrewd womanizer, but the cat will be the one to discover the surprising truth.

Back in Algiers, the rabbi's daughter, Zlabya, and her new husband fill the house with their fighting, while the city around them fills with a rising tide of anti-Semitism. On a whim, the rabbi's cat, the rabbi, a sheikh (also a cousin of the rabbi), and a very misplaced Russian painter set out on a fantastic journey (even encountering a young reporter named Tintin in the Congo) in search of an African Jerusalem. It turns out to be very fortuitous that the rabbi's cat is not just a talking cat, but a multilingual talking cat.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Sfar's words and pictures mingle in a dance both sacred and skeptical, perfectly graceful and clumsily human. I'm so grateful that his brilliance has finally been brought to America."
--Craig Thompson, author of Blankets

"He draws faster than his shadow. He comes up with new stories as if he were drinking a glass of water. He talks more than anyone I've ever known. He's extremely talented, extremely funny, extremely smart. I guess this is the description of a genius. And I don't say such things because he's my friend. Joann Sfar is not a rabbi, but he describes better than anyone the religious dilemma with a tenderness, intelligence, and humor. The Rabbi's Cat is a book that everybody should read."
--Marjane Satrapi, author of Perspolis

"[The Rabbi's Cat] is rich in historic and cultural detail and filled with great stories."
--The Washington Post

"As fanciful as Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a whole lot shorter than The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and a good deal more Jewish than Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Joann Sfar's graphic novel is hilarious, poignant, and wise. And now that I'm done reading it for the first time, I'm going to read it again."
--Adam Langer, author of Crossing California

"An affecting, fraught, and--yes--sometimes hilarious tour de force about the complexities of living faithfully in a godless world."
--The Boston Globe

Kirkus Reviews
The sequel to Sfar's graphic novel about a talking cat. One good volume deserves another, as the Parisian Sfar (The Professor's Daughter, 2007, etc.) extends the adventures of a rabbi, his daughter and their unnamed cat, who discovered the ability to speak (not always truthfully) after swallowing his master's parrot. Once again the setting is 1930s Algeria, the French colonial homeland where the family has returned after a trip to Paris. The reader finds that the daughter's recent marriage is even more strained, and that the Jewish community has begun to experience a growing swell of anti-Semitism. When the cat isn't mediating between the bride, her inattentive husband (also a rabbi, but a more modern-minded one) and her kindly father, the talking feline discovers the surprising truth about Malka of the Lions (the elder rabbi's cousin, more myth than man in the first volume) and embarks on a journey across Africa. Metaphysical slapstick abounds as the cat proves wiser in the ways of the world (and perhaps in the ways of the Torah as well) than three generations of rabbis and those who would try to follow a religious life. In the process, the cat apparently helps bring a young painter back from the dead, further complicating the daughter's marriage, when what she considers art, while posing for the painter, her husband condemns as idolatry. Ultimately, the painter's African pilgrimage sparks a mixed-race romance with a sensuality that puts the daughter's passionless marriage to shame. Ranks up there with the most provocative graphic narratives for adults.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375425073
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 903,329
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Joann Sfar was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at Angouleme for the first volume of The Rabbi's Cat. He has drawn more than one hundred comic books for children and adults, including Little Vampire Goes to School (a New York Times best seller) and Little Vampire Does Kung Fu! (nominated for an Eisner Award). He lives in Paris with his wife, two children, and the model for The Rabbi's Cat.

Alexis Siegel has over fifteen years' experience in various fields of translation, and his interest in adapting graphic novels was sparked by one of Sfar's works—the whimsical children's story Little Vampire Goes to School, a New York Times bestseller first published by Simon & Schuster in 2003 and reissued in Spring 2008 by First Second Books. In addition to The Rabbi's Cat , several works from Sfar's prolific production have kept him both delighted and busy, among them Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East , Vampire Loves , and The Professor's Daughter . He has also translated Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda, by Jean-Philippe Stassen , and, into French, Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

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    Fabulous story, fabulous characters, fabulous setting. I love this one as much as the first.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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