The Rabbi's Cat

The Rabbi's Cat

The preeminent work by one of France?s most celebrated young comic artists, The Rabbi?s 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 a The preeminent work by one of France?s most celebrated young comic artists, The Rabbi?s Cat tells the wholl...

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Title:The Rabbi's Cat
Author:Joann Sfar
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:Le chat du rabbin
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:152 pages pages

The Rabbi's Cat Reviews

  • Warwick
    May 17, 2013
    ?The children are all very loving. They succeed in everything they do, they bring me great satisfaction.? ?Baruch HaShem!? ?Bless you.? Ah, I love me a classic Jewish gag like that. Le Chat du Rabbin is a clever and very charming BD about Algiers's Jewish community...
  • Bill  Kerwin
    Mar 02, 2019
    A comic book narrative brings a special delight when the story?s teller?s mood and the graphic artist?s method perfectly combine?a condition perhaps most easily achieved when the teller and the artist are one. So it is with The Rabbi?s Cat, the creation of writer and illust...
  • Mark
    Jul 18, 2015
    Set in 1920's Algeria and France, The Rabbi's Cat is an homage to author Joann Sfar family's history. The tale of how a young married couple blends Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish heritages makes for a very engaging graphic novel. Bonus points for the discussion of Maimonides The Guide ...
  • Laini
    Jan 13, 2009
    This is the third or fourth Sfar book I've read and I loved every panel and every word of it -- LOVED it. He really uses his quirky sense of humor to very human effect here, whereas in Vampire in Love or The Professor's Daughter things were a bit more zany -- fun, but harder to love. T...
  • Andrea
    May 18, 2010
    The Rabbi's cat gains the power to talk (by ingestion of parrot) and is no longer allowed to spend time with the Rabbi's daughter, whom he loves, because he is a bad influence. He asks to be bar mitzvahed so that he can be with her, and a delightful discussion ensues. I loved the fi...
  • Nikki Morse
    Mar 11, 2015
    Interesting story, gorgeous drawings - both totally undermined by misogyny and empty, objectified female characters. ...
  • Brenna
    Sep 12, 2009
    In one sense, The Rabbi's Cat seems to represent a basic interpretation of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. And in others, it light-heartedly recreates the Jewish Algeria of the 1930s. The characters of The Rabbi, The Rabbi's Daughter, and The Rabbi's Cat display multi-faceted pri...
  • Scot
    May 29, 2009
    This is an American compliation and translation of three related French graphic novel tales about the life of a Sephardic Algerian rabbi's cat in colonial Algeria round about the 1930s. The first of the three stories was my favorite, as the cat gains the power of speech after devouring...
  • Nate
    Mar 30, 2008
    A peculiar, instantly engrossing graphic novel by Joann Sfar, an author who is new to me and who I was surprised to find when I got to the "about the author" page, is a man, despite having what seems to be a woman's name. I was very impressed by the author's knowledge of Jewish ritual ...
  • Melanie Page
    Oct 09, 2015
    Last month, I reviewed Sfar?s collection of four stories in one graphic novel called Vampire Loves . I was amused by the simplicity of the storytelling, a delightful feature of European books I don?t often see in American graphic novels. The Rabbi?s Cat was much, much better, an...
  • أحمد
    Dec 01, 2016
    One of the most beautiful comics I've ever read! And one of the smartest books I've encountered. I was really sad when I finished it. And I really hope I could find the second volume in English. ...
  • T. Frohock
    Mar 12, 2018
    Equal parts charming, delightful, and philosophical, this was the light read I needed right now. ...
  • Ivonne Rovira
    Mar 16, 2013
    In this delightful and uproariously funny parable set in Algeria in the 1930s, the rabbi?s cat, a conniving, profane cat who appears to be a blue Abyssinian, devours a garrulous parrot, thereby acquiring the bird?s power of speech. The clever but prevaricating cat immediately launc...
  • Caroline
    Apr 22, 2012
    A widowed rabbi, his cat and his daughter live in Algeria spin a story and lesson in Judaism very cleverly crafted in this graphic novel. Through the cat, who having eaten the family parrot, is imparted a miraculous ability to speak, questions and challenges to the Jewish faith are pre...
  • Prakriti Singh
    Oct 17, 2015
    The beautiful and breezy style of the author has completely floored me, He brings a lot of cultural aspects of Algerian jews to light which makes it a page turner, the character of the cat is hilarious and profound at the same time. His message is put across so light heartedly but stic...
  • Melki
    Feb 08, 2012
    The good news is - the cat can speak! The bad news is - he only tells lies! Well, the second part is wrong, but he is one argumentative puss! He argues theology with the rabbi, and makes fun of the man's students, going so far as to follow one young man to see if he frequents a wh...
  • John Jr.
    Oct 30, 2012
    If you have an interest in graphic novels, I'd suggest you skip reading any reviews and simply locate this book and plunge in. Part of the fun of reading this comes from figuring out time and place and from finding out things about the characters. Every Goodreads review I glanced at ga...
  • Jan Rice
    May 15, 2015
    "Sfar-Rabbis Daughter". Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sfa... The Rabbi's Cat, by French artist and writer Joann Sfar is a graphic novel set in Algeria in the 1930s. Despite how his name sounds in English, the author isn't a woman. It'...
  • Janine
    Mar 16, 2017
    2.5 stars; i really can't get into joann sfar ...
  • Terry Mulcahy
    Aug 28, 2019
    Irreligious as all hell, and yet somehow, religious in the sense of having faith, despite the sorriness of organized religion at times. The Rabbi's Cat manages to skewer all religions at the same time, and yet not discount the actions of a god, maybe. ...
  • Amy
    Aug 07, 2017
    I don't even know how to describe this book, but I loved it. Jewish mysticism, Algiers in the 1930's, a sometimes-talking cat - it's a weird mash-up but it works beautifully. Gorgeous drawings and no cliches to be found. ...
  • Sheryl
    Jul 30, 2018
    This is a wacky, fun book. Thought it would be fun to learn about Judaism through a Rabbi's cat, but this is one ornery cat! Don't think I learned much, but I did enjoy the book. ...
  • Maggie Gordon
    Dec 12, 2017
    Oh this is a delight! The Rabbi's Cat is about a cat who lives with a Rabbi and his daughter in Northern Africa (Algeria). One day, the cat gains the ability to speak (totally not after eating a parrot of course), and then he wants to convert to Judaism so the rabbi will let him spend ...
  • Shira Glassman
    Feb 20, 2016
    Using the premise of "What if my cat could observe humanity with an intelligent, humanlike brain? What, then, would he think of Judaism, belief, Jewish law and practice, the interaction of Jews and Arabs, of men and women, and people in general?", the author shows us several events fro...
  • Carol
    Apr 22, 2018
    Ignore the Disney-esque cover. This is an adult-oriented graphic novel that tells the story of a rabbi and his daughter in Algeria and -- for the last third of the novel, in Paris -- in 1930. The illustrations are strong. The cat is merely a device for telling the rabbi's story - a sto...
  • Nat
    Mar 06, 2017
    This has been on my wishlist for ages because the promise of representing practicing Jewish characters in the graphic novel format (by an #ownvoices author!!!) sounded just like my kind of thing. Set in Algeria in the 1930s, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daugh...
  • Norman
    Dec 07, 2016
    Joann Sfar's writing is so human it is absolutely mesmerizing. Every character is successfully fleshed out and everyone is frolicking and cavorting with each other on the pages. Sfar builds a world where individuals are solitary by means of their relationships, so we learn how, even wi...
  • Shruthi Mudireddy
    Oct 22, 2015
    A delicious book with a talking cat that argues philosophically with his master, an adorable old rabbi and his beautiful daughter. This book couldn't have gone wrong. Whilst reading it, I felt like I was walking through medieval Algeria with all its foibles and mannerisms. The book is ...
  • Helly
    Feb 21, 2019
    Book 2 of 197 Books from 197 Countries, this graphic novel was so different from anything I have read so far. Set in Algeria, it takes a reader along through the illustrations in a strange culture and asks all the right questions through the devilish and intellectual cat. You need to g...
  • Juho Pohjalainen
    Jul 01, 2019
    I was a little disappointed that the cat lost his ability to speak after a short while. It was an interesting premise and the story could've done a bunch with it. But it still offered a beautiful and insightful view of other cultures and faiths, that warmed my heart and gave me a lot t...