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The Rabbi's Catby Joann Sfar
Synopses & Reviews
The preeminent work by one of Frances most celebrated young comics artists, The Rabbis 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 masters consternation, the cat immediately begins to tell lies (the first being that he didnt 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 rabbis rabbi, who maintains that a cat cant 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 Zlabyas 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 Algerias Jewish community, The Rabbis 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.
The preeminent work by one of France's most celebrated young comics artists, this is the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat--a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.
About the Author
Considered one of the brightest and most talented of the younger generation of French comics artists, Joann Sfar has written or collaborated on more than one hundred books for adults and children. He has worked with some of the best young artists in France, including Christophe Blain, Emmanuel Guibert, and Lewis Trondheim. In the United States hes best known for his childrens books, Little Vampire Goes to School, which made The New York Times best-seller list, and Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!, which was nominated for an Eisner Award. Sfar was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at Angoulême for The Rabbis Cat. He lives in Paris with his wife, two children, and the model for the rabbis cat. Please visit his Web site at www.pastis.org/Joann.
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