Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman

Hauntingly tragic! Tragically human! What more can I say about the Holocaust? Until today, what really went through the mind of Hitler by wiping out most of the Jews is still a mystery. Art Spielgelman's depiction of his father's tragic story during the holocaust is so raw, so real, so human!

The fact that the representation of Jews here are in the form of mice, there isn't time for you to critic on the metaphor. However, there was this voice piercing through the graphic novel of how tragic the days were back then. Trying very hard not to sound overly dramatic whilst one is reading this; imagine the Theme from "Schindler's List" being played by the talented Itzhak Perlman while reading, how emotional!

We are being introduced who Vladek Spielgelman is and was told that he looks like Rudolph Valentino. A very charming classic good-looking chap back during those days. Here's a snip of how this Rudolph looks. I gather that his confidence were by those endless praise on how Art's father looks.

Journeying them through the route of hiding and escaping may seems tiresome but the thought of sleeping in peace is really a luxury during that period of time. Betrayals are not neglected as well for selfish reasons.

One may think that this is just a mere comic for simple reading pleasure. Trust me, this is heavy stuff, and it is as deeply rooted with a lot of family emphasis cum survivor-hood! Not forgetting the emotional aspects that this comic has to contribute. It literally took me 3 days to finish this and I can't wait to share how much this has affected me.

At the end, the very well-known Auschwitz concentration camp was just the beginning of the how both Vladek & Anja will be treated in the second volume of Maus.

Pick it up!

Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars

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