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The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

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    Maus (Central)

    The graphic novel, Maus is about a family of mice, which the main characters are Vladek, Artie, and Anja. The mice are Jewish, living during the reign of Adolf Hitler; whose Nazi "workers" are cats, which put this novel in the "cat and mouse" metaphor. The many twists and turns in this graphic novel will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.

    The author, Art Spiegelman, wrote this book after his own experience. He is Artie, and his parents, Vladek and Anja, who had an affair with each other in their previous marriages; then they got together and had Artie. Art Spiegelman, in real life, was a comic book writer as a child, and he wrote a book called Prisoner on the Hell Planet: a Case Study. This was about his mother's suicide; it is in the actual novel, like a book in a book. Anja's suicide is the beginning of a downward spiral to the experience at concentration camps.

    The fact that the book is a true story, it cannot really be judged; and the fact that it is a graphic novel, changes everything about the book. I personally enjoyed the book, and I am not a wild graphic novel fan myself, and it really interested me. Although some refer to it as a "picture book," it does not distract the reader as some think it would. The pictures actually add a lot of, not only character, but understanding to the book. I followed and enjoyed the book very much. :)

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