Format Read: Paperback (159 pages)
Genre: Nonfiction/ History/ Biography
Series: Book One of Maus
Rating: FOUR STARS
A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.
REVIEW:I was pleasantly surprised, at how much I enjoyed this account. Most of this volume describes the family's life leading to the the Holocaust. Hearing the story told to the author through his father, who is dealing with the hardships of aging, humanized the characters beyond their experience as victims. This was an important part of the story, because most Holocaust accounts that I've read haven't focused on the people, beyond the horror they lived through. The cats as Nazi's and mice as the Jewish people, helped portray the acts described as horrific, emphasizing how troubling that humanity came to this.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Art Spiegelman (born Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev) is New-York-based comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus.