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Over the years I have read many books centred or reflecting upon holocaust atrocities and I had thought the power to shock would have dimmed. Maus took me by surprise with the depth of sickening revulsion I felt at the horrors which beset Spiegelman's family of Polish Jews. I attribute that to the medium, with the graphic portrayal of events leading to a much quicker and more immediate sense of the unimaginably awful conditions.
As with other such memoirs, there is, however, a strain of hope and plenty triumphs for the embattled human spirits encountered between the pages; and the author's depiction of his own Father (heroic in his resistance to the Nazi onslaught but very difficult to live with in later life) could hardly be termed sentimental. These elements combine to emphasise the realism and attractiveness of the account.
I regard this book as equivalent in status and importance to Anne Frank's Diary, hence a must-read.
For a recounting of the Holocaust of WWII from a survivors experiences was a phenomenal tale of survival and hope for the future. The triumph of the human spirit under such horrific conditions and suffering was a very poignant part of the story from my point of view and gives a true glimpse into human nature and what humanity is at its truest nature when put in such trying and in essence horrific conditions. You see the best and the worst of all people based on their on quest for survival and potential morality but that is never truly explored in the story.
I do have to admit, and maybe I read too much into this, but their is a racist over tone in the artwork of Spiegelman in the types of animals used to represent the varying races/people in the tale. Jews were mice, Germans and Pollacks as pigs, and the French as frogs. Like I said I may be reading more into it than is really there, nonetheless I say anyone who is a lover of literature or fantastic comics should buy this book.