The Rabbi's Cat 2

The Rabbi's Cat 2

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2008
Edition: 1st American ed. --
ISBN: 9780375425073
Branch Call Number: GN FIC Sfar 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 130 p. :,col. ill
Alternative Title: Rabbi's cat two


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Aug 09, 2015

The Rabbi's Cat 2:
Definitely not as good as the first one. The sequel goes off in weird directions and includes a highly racist fantasy version of a relationship between a white man and a Black African woman. The best part is the cat talking with the lion.

Jun 02, 2013

Even better than the first book. The first story deepens the friendship between the cat and Malka's lion, as well as exploring Malka himself. The second story is more about the humans in the cat's family, who take a trip deep into Africa, along with a Russian Jew and the group's rich sponsor, to find the mythical city of black Jews. As always, their adventures along the way are heartbreaking and hilarious.

May 20, 2008

This is even more heart-achingly beautiful than the first one. Middle east relationships, animal-human relationships, Russian politics, among many other things are covered with an amazing sense of humour and pathos. The personality of the rabbi's cat shines through above all else, and the drawings are amazing. I hope that Mr Sfar is working on part 3!!

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