The preeminent work by one of Franceâ€™s most celebrated young comic artists, The Rabbiâ€™s Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat â€” 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 masterâ€™s consternation, the cat immediately begins to tell lies (the first being that he didnâ€™t 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 rabbiâ€™s rabbi, who maintains that a cat canâ€™t be Jewish â€” 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 Zlabyaâ€™s 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 â€” and trivial â€” details of life.
Rich with the colors, textures, and flavors of Algeriaâ€™s Jewish community, The Rabbiâ€™s Cat brings a lost world vibrantly to life â€” a time and place where Jews and Arabs coexisted â€” and peoples it with endearing and thoroughly human characters, and one truly unforgettable cat.
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