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The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus (edition 1996)

by Art Spiegelman

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Summary: Maus is part memoir and part history lesson; about half Holocaust story, and half a tale of Spiegleman's relationship with his aging father, a Holocaust survivor. Art spends most of the book coaxing his father Vladek to talk to him about his life in Poland before WWII, his time in the Jewish ghetto, and how he survived the concentration camps. All the while he must deal with not only the normal storm of emotions that come with having an aging, fallible parent, but also the added guilt that comes from knowing that parent survived one of the worst horrors of human history, when so many others did not.

Review: There are two things that, in my mind, elevate Maus from being just another Holocaust story to really being something unique, and something special. First, the decision to present the story in comic form, and second, the inclusion of the framing story of Art and his father. Both of those were risky choices that could easily have backfired, but in the end, I think both of them worked to Spiegleman's advantage.

On the first point: if nothing else, Maus deserves a huge amount of credit for proving that just because it's a comic does not necessarily mean that the story or the subject matter is trivial. The decision to depict everyone involved as animals (Jews are mice, Germans are cats, Polish are pigs, French are frogs, Americans are dogs, etc.) could have easily become silly and made everything inappropriately cutesy, but I think it actually allowed both Spiegleman and the reader to explore the horror of the story without being thoroughly overwhelmed, and while the characters were literally de-humanized, the underlying humanity of the story bled through on every page. The animalizing of the characters did make them all look somewhat alike - it's harder to draw hundreds of distinct-looking mice than it would be for humans - but it was always clear from the context what was going on, and who was supposed to be in the panel.

The meta-story, of Art dealing with his father, was another brave choice that worked out wonderfully well. Vladek Spiegleman is not a particularly pleasant man; he's so frugal that he's almost miserly, he fights constantly with his wife, has no qualms about emotionally manipulating his son, and is more than a little bit racist. At the same time, you just can't think those things about a Holocaust survivor - he's been through so much, shouldn't he be allowed to be difficult if he wants to be? By letting Vladek tell the story in his own voice, Art lets us wrestle with these issues for ourselves, and thus gives us an inside view on his own emotional struggles. It makes the book not just about surviving the Holocaust, but what it's like to deal with - and to be - a Holocaust survivor.

There were a few meta-meta-story bits that I'm still not sure whether I liked or not. Spiegleman, in the comic, talking about the process of writing the comic, or to his therapist about dealing with the success of the comic, etc. (on one occasion drawn as human but with a tied-on mouse mask) - on the one hand, these things all break the fourth wall and were kind of distracting, but on the other hand, they also add an interesting layer of complexity to the story.

Recommendation: Overall, it's an amazing book, if not a particularly comfortable one to read, and it's one that I suspect will stay with me for a long time, and that I think will convince even the most ardent graphic-novel hater that the medium can be used to powerful effect. 4.5 out of 5 stars. ( )
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It's hard to figure out how to rate or review this. I mean, do you rate it as art? As a story? Or as non-fiction? As something in between, that nonetheless tries to express the truth? I quite liked Spiegelman's style: the panels were maybe a little too busy at times, but the drawings had character and life.

More importantly, I think in writing his father's story, Art Spiegelman managed to capture something we can be prone to forget: the Jews were not necessarily all nice people, all innocent victims and young girls like Anne Frank. There were greedy Jews, Jews who survived because they were quick-thinking and put themselves first, Jews with horrible opinions and so on. Art Spiegelman's father Vladek isn't a pleasant character in many ways, but what he goes through and the finer aspects of him show us that it doesn't matter what kind of people the Jews who suffered and died were, they didn't deserve Auschwitz and Dachau and all the other concentration camps. We don't need an idealised innocent young girl to know what happened for the horror it was -- that might make it easier on us, but to me it's equally important to remember collaborators and cowards, the everyman and the rich banker and even the ones who stole each others' food or lorded it over them to survive. Half of those horrors were created by the conditions anyway.

Which is to say... there were no perfect people. It's a mistake to forget that, to forget that we're still talking about humans all their messy glory. Maus reminds us pretty firmly that horrific things can happen to people who aren't that nice themselves, and remain horrific.

So all in all, I don't know that I like it much, but it's one of those things where I have to consider the work that went into it and what it says, what it does, more than my personal enjoyment or not. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 16, 2014 |
A truly excellent graphic novel portraying the harsh realities of lif during the holocaust ( )
  mccandlessn | Apr 6, 2014 |
Maus tells the story of Vladek, a Holocaust survivor living in New York. His son Art (also the author), interviews his father about his time spent dodging capture as well as his imprisonment at Auschwitz. Vladek recounts those who helped him, who betrayed him and the Nazis who murdered his friends and family. When not revisiting the past, Art explores his own current relationship with his father as well as his Dad’s obsession with money that both frustrates and ultimately alienates his second wife Mala.

I really struggled with what to say about this one. It's often difficult to even imagine that this really happened. How could a group of people be so ruthless and disgusting? I certainly do not want to come across as being able to identify with the smallest shred of what Vladeck went through - no one born in the Western world within my generation could come close to experiencing that nightmare. We're taught in school about the atrocities committed against the Jewish population during World War II, we've watched movies like Schindler's List, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Sound of Music or even Inglorious Basterds and while they're powerful films in their own right, they could never truly convey the horror those people went through.

There are parts in Art Spiegelman's Maus that shook me to my core, parts that both disturbed me and left me feeling nauseous. The Jewish population had been a sub-human class to the Nazis and were treated as such. Vladek's descriptions of the ovens, the gas chambers and at one point, urinating on deceased men, women and children were horrifying.

What shocked me the most is that it's hard to even like Vladek at times, or Art for that matter. In a weird way, I think that’s what I liked most about the book. It would be easy for the author to lean heavily on Vladek's experiences and paint both narrators in extremely broad strokes but instead he's quite critical of both himself and Vladek. Art does not sugar coat the way he treats Vladek at all, often demeaning him and ridiculing him for his thrifty lifestyle. For example, there's a scene where Vladek tries to return a half eaten box of cereal to the grocery store as he couldn't finish it. Waiting in the parking lot, Art sinks into his seat suffering from embarrassment. Art cracks a few jokes in the car and condemns his father for such an act. However, Vladek is no better when a few panels later, he becomes enraged when they pick up a black man hitchhiking, fearful that their new passenger will swipe their food. When comparing his blatant racism to that of Hitler’s vendetta against the Jewish population, Vladek shrugs it off saying, "It's not even to compare, the schwartzers and the Jews!"

The artwork itself is nothing particularly spectacular but in all honesty, it doesn't need to be. Other readers have speculated that Spiegelman used a minimalist technique so as not to distract from the importance of the story itself. While there are a few pretty shocking drawings, the majority of the visuals are closer shots and are heavy on the dialogue. Seems a lot of people criticized Spiegelman after its initial release due the assignment of certain citizens to a respective animal (i.e. Germans were cats, Jewish people were mice, Poles were pigs, Americans were dogs, the French were frogs, etc). It may be just my opinion but if you're honestly offended by the character portrayals, I don't think you're paying attention to what the author is trying to give to his audience. If a group of Canadian beavers or moose showed up, I wouldn't ask for my money back.

Cross Posted @ Every Read Thing ( )
  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
It seems a bit silly to write a review of Maus, because its greatness isn’t really a matter of opinion. It just is. So if this reads a little more like an advertisement, an effort to make sure everyone knows about this and has a chance to read it, then I hope you’ll understand.

Maus is a story about a man getting to know his father. Maus is a story about life as a Jewish man in Poland during the Holocaust. Maus is a story about a difficult family relationship. Maus is a story about mental health. Maus is a story about survival. Maus is a story about how essential, life-saving behaviors and habits can seem ludicrous when survival is no longer a struggle. Maus is a story about how trauma affects us and how that in turn affects everyone around us. Maus is a story about how essential we are to one another, even when we can’t stand each other. Maus is a story about marriages. Maus is a story about loss. Maus is a story about the overwhelming presence of absence. Maus is a story about immigration. Maus is a story about ingenuity. Maus is a story about real, living history.

It’s a great book and an amazing comic. Just go read it already. ( )
  JLSmither | Mar 18, 2014 |
Powerful. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
This was my first graphic novel and was surprised by the genre's ability to tell a story so well. Read this for book club and I think it was probably one of the best book discussions we had as a group. ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
I feel like I'll need to re-read The Complete Maus a few times to fully appreciate it. As a straightforward description, Art Spielgelman's story is his own father's story of surviving the Holocaust. Though good stories are never that simple. Some moments are heartbreaking; some are deadpan funny. And still others are strangely disquieting, like for example the author trying to figure out how to say what he wants to say while he's saying it to the reader. (Art Spielgelman is, after all, a character in Maus and is more or less the hinge of the whole tale as he gathers his father's recollections.) Another factor that contributes to the book's brilliance and certainly to its unconventionality is the use of animals to portray the different races, e.g. Jews as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs. This changes the conversation on racism some though I think it was a nice touch given the medium.

I recommend that any fan of graphic novels have a look at this one. But have patience. It may be slow going before Maus really connects. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Feb 18, 2014 |
Maus (a Holocaust memoir comic) is such a brilliant book, but it's incredibly draining to read. I had to take breaks just to get away from the bleakness of it.

It really is a perfect use of the comic medium, though. The Jews are depicted as (humanoid) mice, the Germans as cats. Without the cartoonishness it would be unbearably graphic. The heavily-accented dialogue from the author's Jewish father Vladek also works well as short, streamlined comic dialogue.

A difficult read, but a masterpiece. ( )
  EMaree | Feb 11, 2014 |
Why not 5? For many years I'd looked at Maus - friends' copies before I got my own - and thought the cover illustrations were so beautifully and subtly shaded that the busy black-and-whiteness of the interior was a let-down. After a while of reading, I got used to it, and Spiegelman can convey remarkable things via dots and lines of eyes and mouth.

One of the strongest things about Maus is its acknowledgement that people who are heroic in having survived terrible things can also be bloody difficult to live with. ( )
  antonomasia | Feb 4, 2014 |

To elaborate further:
I thought that the novels were amazingly intricate, and it was very obvious that the author had spent a lot of time thinking about all the different layers of art and story, either that or he's a complete genius, or both.
I also thought the story was very balanced, and provided a way for the more average of us to have an honest dialog with Holocaust victims who survived such horrendous abuse that we can't even imagine.
I am really glad that this narrative was rendered as a graphic novel, because not only does it prove that the genre can handle meaningful subjects and his choice of a more abstract style adds a whole new dimension to the piece. ( )
  Zabeth | Dec 9, 2013 |
I’ve never read a graphic novel (aka comic book) before, but I was recommended to pick up Maus by River City Reading and Estella’s Revenge, so I grabbed copies of both books (Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale” My Father Bleeds History and Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began) from the library.

Wow. Maus I tells a dual story. One part is author and comic writer Art Spiegelman’s experience with his father, Vladek, while getting the story of the Holocaust from him. The second part is Vladek’s tale of Holocaust survival, from his time as a young man in Poland before meeting his wife (Art’s mother, Anja) all the way to Anja and Vladek’s capture by the German Nazi soldiers.

For the full review, visit Love at First Book ( )
  LoveAtFirstBook | Nov 7, 2013 |
That's not really anything I can say about the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus that hasn't already been said. Spigelman writes about his tense relationship with his father Vladek and about the process of recording his father's story as a Holocaust survivor.

There are plenty of Holocaust books out there, but this was particularly emotionally hard-hitting for me. I think that had to do with the fact that Vladek was recalling memories, rather than living in the moment, and pointing out things he learned later that made the panicked decisions all the more devastating. For instance, Vladek wanted to send his son off early in the war with a couple who would protect the child but his wife refused, wanting the family to stay together; his son ultimately died while another child sent to live with that couple survived. Other examples abound of such horrible twists of fate and the randomness of who survived and who did not. Decisions that seemed the most logical and safe often resulted in the worse turns for the family's fortunes.

Another thing that made this story so poignantly heart-breaking was knowing that events depicted were true. It is one thing to read a Holocaust story that depicts what *could* have happened to a fictional character (and is very likely what *did* happened to many) as opposed to reading the actual events that occurred to one person. Yet the book is not a dry nonfiction book, but one that draws you into Vladek's story and plight. Spigelman opens with Vladek's life in Poland several years before the war starts, presenting both a contrast between the living situation for Jews before and after Nazi occupation as well as providing a glimpse of the man whose story we will be following.

Vladek tells his story fairly matter-of-fact, without indulging himself much by way of self-pity but rather just presenting the events as they unfolded. Nonetheless, Vladek notes at times particular things that most deeply affected him and visions that still haunt him. And in the scenes occurring between father and son in the "present" of the story, it's obvious that Vladek suffers from some survivor's guilt and that his actions today often harkened back to those horrible years of his life. For instance, at one point, Vladek does not want to let go of a half-eaten box of cereal even though no one left in the house wants to eat that particular brand. His justification for not wasting the food is that "ever since Hitler I don't like to throw out even a crumb" - a completely understandable response from a man who nearly starved to death on many occasions. Nevertheless, Vladek's actions often drive Spigelman crazy and their relationship is taut.

This brings me to another reason why this book is so compelling - it's not just Vladek's story but also Spigelman's story of growing up with two Auschwitz survivors and dealing with his own personal demons. There's less of his story but enough to draw the reader in and keep her or him interested in the relationship between the two. The comic-within-the-comic of Spigelman's earlier work related to his emotional turmoil after his mother's death is equally absorbing for the same reason.

Much has been noted about the format of this book - a Holocaust story as a comic book/graphic novel is virtually unheard of outside of Maus. Honestly, I'm not sure how much the illustrative nature of the book added for me. I was so absorbed by the story I was reading that I barely stopped to examine the illustrations and mostly brushed over them (although to be fair, in many cases the illustrations were pretty basic). However, every once in a while, there would be an image that I found particularly well done and added to the emotional impact of the story. For instance, when Vladek mentions how seeing some dead Jewish people hanging as examples to others who would dare to cross the Nazis was a sight that continues to haunt him, Spigelman draws first a panel with the past Vladek seeing the hanging bodies realistically depicted as he hurries past them and then a panel with the current Vladek against a backdrop of the oversized dangling bodies looming behind him. Overall, I'm not sure that this book *needed* to be illustrated. However, as the characters themselves point out in the book, turning Vladek's story into a comic book opened up this tale of a woe to an audience that might not otherwise read it. (On the flip side, I'm guessing that this important story - in addition to the recognition it garnered - turned some readers to a format they wouldn't usually read.)

Another notable thing about Maus is that while the story is all true, Spigelman chose to represent the people in it as animals - mice for Jews, cats for Nazis, pigs for Poles, dogs for Americans, reindeer for Swedes, and predictably, frogs for the French. Besides the obvious cat-and-mouse metaphor, I'm not entirely sure that the animals-as-Holocaust-actors did that much for me. I suppose seeing cartoonish animals rather than realistic people possibly lessened the horror of certain images, but the overall terror, sadness, and sheer lunacy of the Holocaust still came through clear as day.

At any rate, I highly recommend Maus as an absorbing and compelling story of one man's survival of Hitler's campaign against the Jews. The book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster, but it's one that's worth the ride for the importance of the tale being told. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 14, 2013 |
Hey, I have read a comic book. A very powerful and important one. ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
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  Saretta.L | Sep 3, 2013 |
5Q 5P

Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus recounts, in painful, vivid detail, what it was like for his father, Vladek Spiegelman, as a young boy living in Hitler’s Europe. But this book puts a unique twist on history – all of the Jews are portrayed as mice and the Nazis as cats.

The is told from alternating perspectives, moving back and forth between present-day New York and Nazi occupied Poland. It recounts Spiegelman’s conversations with his father as he relates what life was like during one of the darkest times in human history. Told in two volumes, Maus, covers Vladek youth, his service in the Polish army, including his time as a prisoner of war, his return to Poland, the time he and his family spent running and hiding from the Nazis, their capture and imprisonment in Auschwitz, and finally the end of the war. This is a heartbreaking story of one man’s survival as well as an intriguing look at how our history affects our relationships and our daily lives. ( )
  IvyMason | Jun 4, 2013 |
I've been meaning to read this book for many, many years. Since Kasy borrowed it from a friend, it was easy to pick it up when he was done.

Simply excellent. I don't think there's anything else that can be said about this book that hasn't been said yes. So just read it, if you haven't. ( )
  andrearules | May 13, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
pts 1 & 2; moving memoir of a son learning about his father's life in pre-Nazi Poland
  FKarr | Apr 5, 2013 |
Where should I commence to appraise this book? Must I begin from the detail that MAUS is a gratifying story of Vladek and Art OR that it is a sheer enlightenment through simplicity?

Art Spiegelman in this astounding graphic novel reveals a fractured father-son relationship whilst focusing on the perils of the Holocaust. The story is set in Rego Park, NY where Art Spiegelman, a cartoonist tries to verbalize and grasp with his father and the Holocaust.

Written over a period of thirteen years, MAUS comprises of two volumes.

Volume I:-My Father Bleeds History:- The narrative initiates in the town of Czestochowa in Poland; native soil of Vladek Spiegelman(Art’s father).Young and vivacious Vladek is into the textile business who after having a torrid affair with Lucia ends up marrying a much wealthier Anja Zylberberg. Over the years Vladek is drafted into the Polish army where he endures severe anguish as a prisoner of war, captured by the Nazis. After his release when he heads back home to see his infant son Richieu, the family is forced into hiding as the Nazis started to hound the Jews.
Volume II:-And Here My troubles Begin:- Encompasses Vladek’s experiences in Auschwitz and his familiarities with Anja’s existence in the neighboring camp,Birkenau. Finally, the prisoners are freed leading to the collapse of the Germans; however Vladek undergoes a tedious journey to Sosnowiec to be reunited with Anja.

The plot shifts back and forth from illustrating Vladek’s saga to the present day when he is trying to put in picture the chronicles for his son Art. The current events reveal Vladek’s tryst with medical disabilities and his heart-wrenching yearning to bond with his only son during his twilight years.

Art,the only surviving child of Vladek could never comprehend with his father’s suffrage and melancholic state. “I mean,I can’t even make any sense out of my relationship with my father…How am I supposed to make any sense out of Auschwitz?...Of the Holocaust?”
Art’s effort to identify with his father’s life is delineated throughout the novel when he questions Vladek on Anja’s suicide or life in the concentration camps. Vladek on the other hand, still relives the horror of the Holocaust in his trivial arguments with Mala or his reminiscing of the war. It is justly said that to understand another’s horror one has to relive it. Maybe Art being raised in New York, could not identify with Vladek’s pain of losing Richieu, Anja and Auschwitz. He tried to find a “normal” father in Vladek; blaming Vladek for all the chaos in his life.

The characterization of the Jews as “Mice” and the Nazis as “Cats” is accurately symbolic as the venomous predators and eternal nemesis. The depiction of these characters in various graphical sketches fetches emotions of factual individuals bringing a huge lump in your throat; especially when Art feels guilty of blaming his father for his mother’s suicide. The pain in Art’s words in failing to build affection towards his father makes you hypothesize about the numerous Holocaust survivors and their struggle to bond with their children. A victim of any kind faces a genuine struggle to find acceptance and understanding in the aftermath life. Similarly, Vladek wished he could have found an undying bond with Art in all his solitary being.

MAUS is not a run of the mill comic; it is incorporation of the unspoken sentiments and assumed fallacies.
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  Praj05 | Apr 5, 2013 |
This book was a quick, and I was mesmerized the entire time... The way in which Art Spiegelman tells his father's story is vivid and utterly captivating. He makes you feel as though you are in both parts of the story: with Artie as he questions his father about his past and spends time with his new stepmother, and with Vladek and Anya as they move from place to place, trying to escape persecution in Nazi Poland, then in concentration camps, just willing themselves to survive.

The thing that really sticks with me is how incredibly intelligent and resourceful Vladek was. He used every tiny piece of knowledge he had (and he knew a lot of stuff) to make life easier. He might have been stubborn and stingy in his old age, but as you see what he went through during WWII, you start to realize WHY he saves everything and never wastes anything...

I can't imagine what I would have done in Vladek's situation. I can't imagine the feelings he must have felt. I doubt I would have fared as well. His son did an excellent job of capturing his father's story. I feel like I understand better than I did before, and that means a lot to me.

Plus, it's a comic book... The Jews are depicted as mice, the Germans as cats, the Polish as pigs. You'd think this would somehow take away from the seriousness of the subject matter, but it really doesn't — it adds another dimension, or so I thought.

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  saraferrell | Apr 3, 2013 |
I am always fascinated when I read survivors' accounts of the Holocaust. It amazes me that people could be put through such terror and pain and misery, and still not lose hope of something better tomorrow.

Maus really shows that aspect of the story. Art Spiegelman recounts his father's ordeal in unique form, a comic. While he's at it, he also examines his own relationship with his father, and his parent's relationship with each other, and the differences between a single generation that can be caused by surviving one horrific, but ongoing and traumatizing event. Spiegelman shows with shocking clarity how people who did not experience the Holocaust can never fully understand it's horrors. Even the son of a Holocaust survivor is not able to see anything near the full scope of this tragedy until he writes it down for others to experience.

Please, read this. Everyone should. ( )
  TheBecks | Apr 1, 2013 |
This is a very well-done book and a captivating and quick read. The story of a Jewish man living in Nazi-occupied Poland is told in this graphic-novel by his son through a series of interviews interlacing the sometimes-strained interactions between son and aging father. The first-hand account of the shocking history is tempered by the fact that the reader is presented with animal characters instead of human, but the choice makes the story no less poignant, and perhaps allows for a more accessible entry into the history of the Holocaust.

The graphic-novel format works much better than I'd expected after having first heard about the portrayal of the Jewish as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs, Americans as dogs, etc., though the stark categorization into which each character is forcibly placed is, predictably, somewhat problematic at points - as explicitly pointed out in some of the self-referential frames regarding the authorship of the novel - and makes for an often unfair simplification of individuals into one hyperbolical characterization.

While I hesitate to portray this novel in any way as watered-down or unimportant, I do think it important to mention that it is, by nature of narrative, limited. The author seems aware of this fact as he briefly points out his own insecurities about the project, and by highlighting the prejudice of the storyteller (his father) and the gaps in his remembering of the events. It is a single story of events that affected millions (billions?) worldwide, and despite its well-deserved Pulitzer and acclaim, must be viewed as a single story, and not a definitive guide to the Holocaust in Poland. ( )
  tbeck | Mar 31, 2013 |
And so it goes. The story delivered here is just as morally complex and emotionally raw as the Holocaust itself. The author's father tells his story of survival in the face of such horrors, and also serves as a living example of the horrors that didn't die with the end of the war. The author himself is left to pick up the pieces of a life that had been chipped away at by his father's stingy eccentricities and his mother's suicide; remnants of the stereotypical Jews that Hitler sought to exterminate, and those who couldn't cope with the aftereffects. His drawings illustrate both fact and emotion, as they serve as both creative output and a method of coping with the burdens of transgenerational memory. It is a powerful work, and shows that comic books rank as an art form on par with music, painting, and any other form of conveying emotion in a creative undertaking. ( )
  Korrick | Mar 30, 2013 |
This book is absolutely, undeniably brilliant from start to finish. In Maus I and II, Spiegelman layers the story of his father's survival of the Holocaust with his own achingly humorous (or humorously aching?) interactions with his father, effectively displaying the ways in which the horrors have reverberated through time and into the present, rather than remaining a fixed historical occurence. Spiegelman is brutally honest about who his father is and the realities experienced, and the reader has no choice but to be swept into the story, transfixed and horrified. Spiegelman tells the story through the format of a graphic novel and uses animals to represent various groups. On the surface, one may think the media he chooses should ultimately simplify the Holocaust experience, perhaps watering it down to a juvenile level. In my opinion, however, quite the opposite occurs. There are nuances in this book that make themselves felt. There are juxtapositions that stun the reader with their power. Ultimately, in experiencing this novel, I grieved as much as I ever did reading Wiesel's night and watching Lanzmann's Shoah not only for those who perished (z"l), but also for those who survived and who would never be the same. ( )
  RubyA | Mar 30, 2013 |
Brilliantly told story. ( )
  MarkTJones | Mar 30, 2013 |
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