This is my second post on one of the central figures of the Yiddish literary tradition, I.L. Peretz. (There is background information on him and Yiddish literature in my prior post on him). I admit I like short stories about cats so I decided to read next his "The Pious Cat". Great writer or not no one gets by with a bad cat story on The Reading Life.
"The Pious Cat" is just a simple fable like story about a mischievous cat and a canary that conveys some interesting points about human nature. The canary is kept in a cage. The cat likes to kill and bring home birds. Every time he does his people hit him. They really hit him when he tries to open the cage for the canary. He keeps trying to figure out what the people want. As it closes I think Peretz is making a comment about the nature of governments.
I will next read his "The Golem".
My thanks to Yale University for a very generous gift of books