Monday, April 16, 2007
Maus by Art Spiegelman
When thinking of a Holocaust depiction, comic books may be the furthest thing from our minds. The idea of a comic book about the Holocaust may seem irreverent or abhorrent. However, author Art Spiegelman disregarded stereotypes made about comic books and wrote Maus, a comic book about his father's experiences in the Holocaust. This book is unique to any depiction of the Holocaust that I have ever read, and not just because of the comic book format. Spiegelman draws himself into the book, and a main part of the book is him dealing with his father's history and experiences, and dealing with the relationship he has with his father. This book is the best book I have ever read about the Holocaust. It not only deals with the Holocaust directly, but the longer lasting traumatic effects it had on its victims. Not only that, Spiegelman makes racial stereotypes a main theme of this book, not only between the Nazis and the Jews but other races depicted in the book. It is fabulous, fantastic, and I highly recommend it to anyone. It's two volumes, but a really quick read, and it will make you look at the Holocaust in a different light.