Saturday, April 18, 2009

#5 Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman

  Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, is an amazing account of the Holocaust written in the form of a comic book.  In these books, the Jews are drawn as mice and the Germans, cats. Maus I, tells about Art’s complex relationship with his father, Vladek, and the story of his parents' courtship in 1930’s Poland.  IMaus II, we get a detailed and horrifying account of life in Aushwitz through Vladek’s eyes.  His McGyver-like resourcefulness and luck help him survive. Years later, Vladek becomes obsessed with thrift and when he returns an almost empty box of cereal to the supermarket for fear of wasting it, one can understand why.  The Holocaust. Oy Vey. 

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