Let’s face it – there are numerous books written on the second world war and the holocaust. This should come as no surprise to anyone. However, when reading Maus, one seems to forget that. Maus is one of a kind. It’s a comic book, and I don’t see how it could be written in any other form. Admittedly, this is the very first comic book that I have read except for Donald Duck and Disney cartoons. Maus is extraordinary. I loved every bit of it.
*No spoilers ahead*
Maus tells the story of Art Spiegelman’s father – Vladek Spiegelman – and how he survived being a Jew during world war two and the horrors he experienced during his time in Auschwitz. It’s a story about father and son relationships and how we deal with hardships and the past. It’s also about love in all its forms and how humans deal with pressure and being scared shitless. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like, and neither can Art, which makes it a special read as well. With the metacommunication that’s almost going on, we actually get the story through of Vladek as we get the story of how Art made the book.
The characters are amazing – every country and religion have their own animal and i just love how this simplifies and also underlines so many things in the story.
It is truly a magnificent read, and would recommend it to everyone who hasn’t read it! It is so great, that it triggers your tear ducts, only to close them again just before things get real sad. I didn’t cry, although I felt like I did.
“To die, it’s easy. But you have to struggle for life.”
– Maus by Art Spiegelman