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The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
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Mar 18, 12

bookshelves: historical-fiction, graphic-novel, fiction

"Maus" contains some stunning visual touches, as well as some truly painful and thought-provoking dialogue.

The story itself is simply told. It's told from one perspective, the father of the author. But I think the complicated love/hate relationship between the author and his father that is interspersed throughout out the book gives it another dimension and depth to contemplate. I personally pity, and dislike the father very much. Someone so stuck in the past, carrying his pain instead of letting go and moving on. It's such a sad contrast between the adaptable, resourceful young man he was during the Nazi invasion, compared to the rigid old man he is now.

If you have never read a graphic novel, dismissing them as "comic book stories for kids," you owe it to yourself to read this book and to see the scope of what graphic fiction is able to accomplish. Likewise, if you are a fan of graphic novels, you owe it to yourself to read this book as it remains one of the greatest graphic novels of all time.
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