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The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
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Aug 26, 09

bookshelves: biography, judaism
Read in August, 2009

The Complete Maus nominally is about the author's father's horrific experiences as a Jewish man (mouse) during Holocaust. The book also delves into the history and flavor of the relationship between the father and mother and the frustrating, hair-pulling interactions between a father and son who do not understand each other at all. Each section of the father's story (1930's-1946) is framed by present-day conversations (1970's-80's) Spiegelman has with his father. This "comic" is surprisingly personal and neatly avoids romanticizing any person, including the tragic hero, Spiegelman's father. While making us hurt for Vladek (the father) and his fellow prisoners-of-war, Spiegelman also has us sympathizing with himself (the narrator) as he deals with his now aged and bad-tempered father. Spiegelman choice to tell this complex, tragic story in comic form makes each turn of phrase, each panel that much more intense and meaningful. There are no wasted words in this story.
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