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The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
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Jan 02, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: book-club, graphic-novel, memoir-biography, award-winners, history
Recommended to Sarah by: Jeff

The Complete Maus is a holocaust story, but not like one you've ever read before. The author tells the story of his father, Vladek, a Polish Jew living through WWII, surviving Nazi occupation and Auschwitz thanks to his resourcefulness and good providence. However, the author also reveals his strained relationship with his father as he tells not only his father's story, but also the story of Vladek sharing his experience with his son.

Not only does the father-son dynamic make the book interesting, but the blend of words and pictures make it unique. You see, Maus is a graphic novel. In fact, it is the only graphic novel to have won the Pulitzer Prize.

The author portrays the different nationalities and religions in the book each as a different animal. Maus = German for mouse. Jews are drawn as mice, Germans as cats, etc. This metaphor works to show the ridiculousness of dividing people along these lines.

An honest, open, emotional true story, I highly recommend this graphic novel to anyone.
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Reading Progress

December 29, 2010 – Started Reading
January 2, 2011 – Shelved
January 4, 2011 – Finished Reading
January 6, 2011 – Shelved as: book-club
January 6, 2011 – Shelved as: graphic-novel
January 6, 2011 – Shelved as: memoir-biography
January 6, 2011 – Shelved as: award-winners
January 6, 2011 – Shelved as: history

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