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The tale of a father and his son
Reviewed in India on 25 January 2018
"It's a miracle he survived...But in some ways he didn't survive."
This story is about the Holocaust, about Jews and their persecution, and about survival and survivors. At least it was meant to be.
But it is not just that. It is something more. It is the story of a father and a son. It chronicles a few months in the lives of the duo as the father nags at all the things and all the people around him, and as the son keeps on getting embarrassed and irritated by his father. That is what this book is: the tale of a father and his son. At least that is how it turns out to be.
And this is the absolute beauty of this book. Given the subject matter, it could have been a dark and dry story, but the Animal Farm of Spiegelman was easy to wade through because it kept me engaged in the horrors depicted without making me feel blue by overshadowing them with the father-son duo's banter.
I've read and watched other works on the second World War and on the Holocaust, and all of them have been difficult to digest because of the harsh realities they describe in their plain manner. Meanwhile, Spiegelman adopted a fresh approach in not only the narrative (father-son dynamic) but also in the medium he chose - that it be a comic, that too with anthropomorphic characters.
As for the publication, the paper is thick, semi-gloss and the print is fine. Font and pictures are clear. Bought for ₹494 from Amazing Buy. No complaints regarding quality and delivery.