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The Rabbi's Cat 2 (Le Chat du Rabbin omnibus 2; books 4-5)

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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 womani ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Pantheon (first published 2002)
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Shomeret
A book about a Rabbi’s cat sounds like it would be cute and whimsical rather than dealing with any serious themes. If you wanted a cute and whimsical book about a cat, there are plenty out there. This is not one of them. Joann Sfar, who wrote these Rabbi’s cat graphic novels, is an award winning author precisely because of his themes.

Communication is a central theme of this novel. There is a Russian character who isn’t understood by the other humans when he first arrives, yet the Russian and the
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Fredrik Strömberg
The second omnibus collection of Joann Sfar's masterpiece, the (so far) five album long odyssey into French Algeria in the 1920s.

Story/content:
The story latches directly onto where album three ended, but takes a somewhat different direction. The first album follows the character Malka, an ageing adventurer, vagabond and storyteller, who is starting to feel his age. The second album introduces a new character, an ashkenazi Jew who has escaped the pogroms of Russia through hiding i crate of Jewi
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Brenton Nichol
This contains the fourth and fifth chapters of Sfar's continued tales of the rabbi's cat who gained, and then lost, the gift of speech. Like the latter half of the first book, these chapters focus less on the cat than on the stories and doings of the humans he travels with. Racism and religious intolerance are dealt with here, but again, the philosophical dueling of the cat is missing. I didn't find this book as engaging as the earlier volume.
Aligato
This delightful little book is the second of the delightful series. In turns made me teary-eyed, giggle with dirty laughter, read closely again on a new philosophical idea, and learned a ton of history and culture and Aramaic and Russian and Hebrew in the process. I'm not Jewish and I think this book could be valuable for absolutely everyone (adult age, anyway). I read it in one sitting and literally couldn't put it down.
Nina
When I thought The Rabbi’s Cat 2 couldn’t get any better than the first one, I was wrong! In the end, nothing is as it seems – simply look at Malka of the Lions, the rabbi’s cousin. The cat who is still nameless regains his speech and suddenly speaks a variety of languages, which we will see comes in handy. Although he’s often to hold his mouth shut. How familiar does that sound? Comparing it to our modern society? What about a nice reminder of how easily we judge others, people who are differen ...more
Inna Komarovsky
This story is from the perspective of a cat who has no name. He belongs to a rabbi who lives in Algiers. Overall, they wander the deserts and talk about religion and meet different people along the way. There are arguments about religion and what's right/wrong, language barriers, and disagreements between people who have never known each others' culture. The wandering through the dessert and the lion's agreement with the snake are very reminiscent of The Little Prince.

There are six square scenes
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2243568.html[return][return]A compilation of two albums telling two quite different stories. The first, "Heaven on Earth", is a bit of a meditation on stories and telling them through the mysterious figure of Malka, the Rabbi's cousin whose companion is an aging lion, set against the real background of the rise of an anti-Semitic regime in Algiers in the mid-1930s. In the second, "Africa's Jerusalem", the Rabbi, his cat and friends set off to explore their continent ...more
Jonna Gjevre
At last I have the sequel to Joann Sfar’s graphic novel, The Rabbi’s Cat. In his sequel, Sfar once again places his readers and his talking cat in the heart of the Jewish community in 1930′s Algeria. The cast of characters includes the rabbi, his footloose and mystical cousin Malka of the Lions, a suspected golem who turns out to be a (temporarily comatose) Russian painter, a Catholic priest, an Arab prince, a former slave who doesn’t know where she comes from, and a wandering sheik.

If that soun
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Amanda
Really 3.5 stars

The talking cat with the big ears who offers insightful commentary on his rabbi master and life in Algeria in the early 20th century is back. The rabbi's daughter is fighting with her husband (also a rabbi), and the cat is quite happy with that. It means more snuggles from his mistress, Zlabya. Of course, the talking cat also has a couple of adventures. First he and a snake tag along with the famous Malka and his lion on a trek around the desert. Then, a stowaway Russian Jew show
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Sara
Readers of the original Rabbi's Cat would probably like this follow-up. I did. It had the same excellent artwork, humor, and heart. Something I really wanted to happen after reading the last book did happen, so I was happy about that. I will not give details unless you want a spoiler, which is (view spoiler).

The story involves a lot of wandering around, seeing new things, and learning--there a
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Alex Telander
THE RABBI’S CAT 2 BY JOANN SFAR, TRANSLATED BY ALEXIS SIEGEL: After the success of Sfar’s Rabbi’s Cat, along with receiving the prestigious Jury Prize, the eccentric and entertaining gray cat returns to his usual antics and journeys, while a strong, educating, and meaningful story surrounds him. The Rabbi’s Cat 2 continues on, and increases the humor and fun, but also the fascinating story of this strange cat in North Africa.

In the first story, while the rabbi is away on his own journey, his cat
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Nesa Sivagnanam
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
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Happydog
The cat is back, and this time, he is in search of the lost Jerusalem. No matter what adventures the cat and his rabbi may have, beneath the surface of the adventures there is sly and not so sly commentary on issues that were relevant then and, as Sfar gently points out, relevant today. Yes, Tintin and his "moron" dog are made fun of, but watch for the story of the British colonialist, lost in a world that has passed him by and made him foreign to everyone and everything. Overall, Rabbi's Cat 2 ...more
Jacob
In this second volume, the Rabbi’s Cat becomes more of a background presence, but that is just as well as Sfar develops a whole cast of warm, interesting characters whose adventures are a joy to follow. An exploration of religion, philosophy, different cultures brushing up against each other, with plenty of humor throughout.

And a warning: if you are a fan of Tintin or Belgium, there will be jokes made at your expense.
ma'a
ممتع كيف يحيك الكاتب قصص خيالية تتصدرها قطته.. كوميك دمه خفيف بطلته قطة متكلمة تنتمي لرابي يهودي من الجزائر.. هناك مغامرات لطيفة في الصحراء متفكرة في الدين. منها مثلا مغامرة عجوز الصحراء الحكواتي التي عندما سمعه أمير عربي أسره صوته وصاحبه حتى طلب منه أن يؤذن.. كيف ليهودي أن يؤذن بالمسلمين.. الديليما جميلة تعكس أساطير قرون الامبراطورية الاسلامية.
هناك قصة أخرى طريفة عندما وجدوا جثة في صندوق طلبية كتب واجتمع كل يهود الحارة ليتشاوروا في أمر كيفية معرفة ان كان يهودي وان لا كيف يدفن؟ حتى جابوا خبير ق
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Jennifer
Poor Abby had to hear me go on and on about this already today. The truth is I just love this artist/writer so much, I love everything he does but I especially love this book. If you read the 1st one it is much the same, the sarcastic cat who challenges everything, the existence of god, the sanctity of marriage, and in the new book look for where he trashes Tin Tin and his little dog who he calls a "moron". If you want to learn just a little about Algeria in the 1930s or different Jewish dialec ...more
Darlene
A delightful and poignant follow-up to Volume 1 of The Rabbi's Cat, with more magic realism in the form of a graphic novel. It features a great deal of love and truth at its core, and the rabbi's talking cat makes a wonderful narrator of life in North Africa in the early 20th C. There's even a cameo appearance by a young Belgian reporter espousing the benefits of colonialism while accompanied by his small white dog.

Lia
Not as good as the first. The relationship between "black", "white" and "brown" Jews is interesting but could have gone further. I feel like Sfar is trying to be subtle, to focus on storytelling and not get too didactic, which I appreciate, but it also feels a bit like he's just getting his toes into the idea instead of his teeth.

There is this one line though which I think is an amazingly tragic quote about intersectionality, where the titular rabbi explains why he doesn't think there could be a
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Doug Gordy
Not as good as the first part...gets off track on a weird journey to find a Jerusalem in Ethiopia, and ends rather abruptly.
Marissa
The second book of this inventive and intelligent series about religion, race, and culture is maybe not quite as vibrant as the first, but is still well worth reading. I love Sfar's wonderful use of color, with each combination of different shades clearly carefully planned out page by page, and his half-cartoony, half-spidery drawing style. In terms of the writing itself, there is a wonderful warmth and light-heartedness in the tone of Sfar's stories. I can only hope we continue to get more of h ...more
Michael Krarup
Anderledes vinklet tegneserie: For det første fordi historien foregår blandt jøder i 30'ernes Algeriet, og for det andet fordi den er fortalt af katten i huset - og glem alt om Garfield! Katten har empati og mere menneskekundskab end de fleste mennesker forstand på, har indsigt i de jødiske skrifter- men er stadig en kat med dens egne veje.
Det er rigtig godt og gennemresearchet, men mangler lige et eller andet for at det kommer op og ringe med hele klokkeværket. Men to fine og sympatiske bøger i
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Jason
Joann Sfar is a wonderful graphic novelist and the best books I've read of his are the Rabbis Cat and this sequel, not-overly-creatively named Rabbi's Cat 2. It is set in a Jewish community in what I believe is French Algeria in what I believe is the 1920s. It describes the intersection of different cultures and religions, from Judaism to Islam, tradition to modernity, Europe to Africa, etc., with a sympathetic and insightful eye. The imagery is beautiful. And the cat featured in the title is th ...more
Rebecca
Dec 10, 2008 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: graphic novel fans or Jewish history buffs
This is an excellent graphic novel set in the 1930s about a rabbi in Algiers, his daughter and son-in-law, his Muslim friend, and his snarky, talking cat without a name. The cat, as the title indicates, is the main character, and he's just as wise, arrogant, sarcastic, and curious as you'd expect a cat to be. The dialog is written in an insanely tiny, cursive font, which makes it really difficult to read without straining your eyes, but if you can get past that, it's a thoroughly enjoyable story ...more
Chadwick
It's criminal how slowly Sfar's works are translated. I mean, there's already a volume three in French, you bastards. This is as good as the first volume, and that's high praise. There is a lot to say about how Sfar has a perfectly clear vision of how all of the Peoples of the Book, and the peoples not of the book should all just hang out and play music and eat food and be happy rather than squabbling over dirt and killing each other. Maybe I'll get into that later.
Shivering William
Oh Joann Sfar, when will you write something I don't love?

I'm in awe of Sfar's power and simplicity. The illustrations look scribbled, and yet are so expressive and specific they draw you in like no other work. The conversations are so smooth, it's as if Sfar is listening in on the spoken and unspoken words of the people in the street.

But I could say these things about any of Sfar's work. So what sets Rabbi's Cat apart? I'll come back to that.
Sara
Not as enjoyable as the first one. The cat's personality has become more sedate.
Maia
I appreciated the way this book's artistic style and story were crafted purely out of the writer's idiosyncratic vision, without concern for convention. The theme is an important one, dealing with issues of race and religion in a land where these factors vary greatly. The illustrations are quirky but pleasing, and there is a highly amusing parody appearance of my favorite graphic-novel reporter. :) Definitely a lingering experience.
Monica
This is the second book about a talking, sassy cat who has a rabbi for his master. This time Cat is off on an adventure across Africa with the rabbi. If you've ever lived with a cat, you'll easily see that Cat's character is true to his species...arrogant, sarcastic...and cute and cuddly at the same time. I know there is religion and politics in this graphic novel but these issues took second place behind the fun adventure of Cat's travels.
Fox
This book is worth reading for the story of the lions...

While this story lacked some of the deep philosophical discussions of The Rabbi's Cat it made up for it by examining what it was that compels us to continue telling stories.

What the snake said in particular has continued to come to my mind and touch me.
Laurel Narizny
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.
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Joann Sfar (born August 28, 1971 in Nice) is a French comics artist, comic book creator, and film director.

Sfar is considered one of the most important artists of the new wave of Franco-Belgian comics. Many of his comics were published by L'Association which was founded in 1990 by Jean-Christophe Menu and six other artists. He also worked together with many of the new movement's main artists, e.g.
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