Book Review: Maus – Art Spiegelman *****

Book Review: Maus – Art Spiegelman *****

“No, darling! To die it’s easy… But you have to stuggle for life!”

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Maus is a graphic novel by American cartoonist Art Spiegelman, serialized from 1980 to 1991. It depicts Spiegelman interviewing his father about his experiences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. The work employs postmodernisttechniques and represents Jews as mice, Germans as cats, and Poles as pigs. Critics have classified Maus as memoir, biography, history, fiction, autobiography, or a mix of genres. In 1992, it became the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize. (Wikipedia)
This is one of the few books my husband finished before I did. That’s a big thing! A huge thing! I think I started this book at least four times before finally finishing it. My husband read it over a couple of days, on his first try. And he loved it.
He loves graphic novels and mystery/thriller/detective stories, but he reads very little. I think he averages about three books a year. Most of them I recommend to him. I’ve become really good at picking out the books I know he’s going to love. I recommended him Maus too.
So about this book. It’s a graphic novel that takes place in the “now” where Art Spiegelman interviews his father about what happened to him during WW II and “then” showing you what happened as the father is telling his story.
The drawings are black&white and quite simple in design but the simplicity slams you into the facts.
It brutal and it’s true…
There’s also the relationship between Art and his father which doesn’t always run smoothly. It sometimes made me feel like an awkward third wheel, like I was listening in on an argument that I wasn’t supposed to hear. It just goes to show, most families aren’t perfect. We don’t always get along.
Yes, this is an amazing book but I think that it will take me a couple of rereads before I’ll be able to fully GET the whole story.
Have you read Maus? What did you think?

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