Saturday, 11 April 2009

The Complete Maus - Art Spiegelman

Read: December 2004

This graphic novel intertwines two stories: that of a Jewish family during the Holocaust, and a son's contemporary attempt to come to terms with his families history and the legacy it has bequeathed. At it's heart, this is the story of a father and son's relationship and their struggles to bridge the generation gap and understand one another. Meticulously drawn with awe inspiring attention to detail (different animals represent the various nationalities), Maus delivers a fresh and modern dilemma between honouring memory, and moving on from it. Frequently hilarious and always poignant, there is magic somewhere in these pictures.

8.5 out of 10

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