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It's a work of art. How Spiegelman sketches out absolutely heart wrenching scenes keeping true to the character forms he has built...Jews are the 'Maus', Germans the Cats and Poles the Pigs...lot of reviews have been written about these 2 books and I agree with all that has been written. As much a brilliant account of the most hateful act of WW2 as it a graphic novel lover's delight!
Forget all you know about comics. The is literature without peer in the struggle to find a way to respond to the Shoah that has poisoned Europe this century. Art Spiegleman tells his father's story in such a way as to reveal the grief of the post-Holocaust generation. The pictures are the most perfect black-and-white, the issues never so. Beautiful drawings in the tradition of European woodcuts, horror in the tradition of our dark continent. Everyone on Earth should read this book.
Involving and heartbreaking story, beautifully illustrated. Brilliant conception which even with a wealth of information available everywhere about the holocaust, manages to shock with some of its scenes. A masterpiece.
After reading this one in near succession of the first book it was just as enjoyable, though a not quite at the same level as the first book. One issue I had to this follow up was the misplaced personal issues Art Spiegleman was trying to come to terms with the passing of his father and the completion of this book. It does well in conveying the hopelessness many of the Jews faced at the end of World War 2 and the hope they were trying to hold on to after the war ended. It was good and I would definitely recommend its purchase especially with the first book. I would like to see a possibility of a third book one day where Art writes a story leading from his youth to the point leading up to him writing the first two books while addressing the emotions he was feeling with the passing of his father and the emotions of dealing with it.