Author: Art Spiegelman
Goodreads Plot: Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I thought it was really clever that the author portrayed the different nationalities in using animals. For example, the Jews were mice, the Polish were pigs, and the Germans were cats. Overall, Art Spiegelman offered a fresh take on the the WWII concentration camp memoir. Not only was it a graphic novel, but the flashbacks from and to the present gave you a more holistic view of why Vladek turned out to be the way he was. The dynamics between Vladek and Art added additional layers to the complexity of the story. The author did an amazing job of retelling the story of his parents and family as they experienced WWII in Poland. I didn’t give this a 10 out of 10 because I could not connect to modern day Vladek who is the main character in the book. For some reason, I could not relate to him. However, I still highly recommend this book to anyone.
My Rating: 8/10