Friday, May 16, 2008

# 7 Maus I: A Survivor's Tale (Spiegelman)

Vladek Spiegelman's tale of surviving the Holocaust was written by his son, Art, through unique comic graphics depicting the Jews as mice, the Germans cats, the Poles pigs, the French frogs, and the Americans dogs. The book is told in the form of Art interviewing his father, Vladek.

A Holocaust story is heartbreaking no matter how it is told and comic form does not change that fact. Vladek's story is very familiar, yet it still has its own nuances. Understandably so, the aftermath of such terror is ingrained in his being, thus affecting his relationships.

This was another positive experience in graphic novels for me, however, I was distracted by the characters. I understand the use of such characters and they may have added an aspect to the story that wouldn't be achieved by using something else, but I still would have preferred people. Vladek's relationships are edgy and somewhat awkward to watch. That certainly attests to Art's ability to convey his thoughts through comics and a few words.

1 comment:

Intergalactic Bookworm said...

I read both Maus and II years ago and I want to re-read them. They are really good. Books. I want to join your biography challenge. I know it is past the date to sign-up, but I just joined A Novel Challenge last week and I saw your challenge. Judy