Opening Sentence:It was summer I remember.
A son struggles to come to terms with the horrific story of his parents and their experiences during the Holocaust and in postwar America, in an omnibus edition of Spiegelman’s two-part, Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller. 25,000 first printing.
Comments:Originally two separate books (Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale My Father Bleeds History, Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began), The Complete Maus contains both books in one volume. I don’t normally read graphic novels, and I probably wouldn’t have had hubby borrow this if I’d known that’s what it was. Since it was in the house, however, I decided to give it a go – and I wasn’t disappointed. Having grown up on stories of the Holocaust, I am somewhat jaded and de-sensitized, but even I found this account of a father relaying his experiences to his son moving. In fact, I was unable to put it down, and wound up reading the entire book in one sitting. Easier to read than most comics (there is no trouble knowing which bit to read next) and with a subject matter that holds your attention, I highly recommend this book.
- With Maus, Art Spiegelman made graphic novels mainstream (theglobeandmail.com)
- Art Spiegelman: Decades of Groundbreaking Comics (canadianartjunkie.com)
- Graphics in the Archive: History and Comics Unite! (activehistory.ca)
- Understanding Maus (thepenguinblog.typepad.com)
- Maus, an important achievement in graphic novels (ontheartofwriting.wordpress.com)
What are your thoughts?