Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman

I have never read a graphic novel so heartbreaking in my life! Art Spiegelman did it! The idea of describing the infamous concentration camp in Auschwitz is very well painted in this book. Journey after journey, I have every intention of not continuing this one because it was way too hard, too painful!

As a reader, I am already feeling a time lapse, there is this time drag when you can very well feel how every prisoners are going through those sufferings of being treated less than human. Human dignity has been stripped away in just a mere 150 pages, what is there for us to complain when these prisoners are being thrown into such misery for months and years. What right do I have to complain?

We are being told in a flashback stories of how Art is transcribing his sessions with his father. The below was the trouble of what Art was facing with information overload and arranging it by sequence and time period. How is he able to visualize what his father is telling him? It's still a mystery that this wonderful graphic novel has been produced.

"There's so much I'll never be able to understand or visualize."

Camps after camps, survivor hood after survivor hood...Violence are not spared, killing spree were ruthless. Death and more deaths. Such memories are never good to be reminded by. I don't blame them of their stubborn nature behavior. This is to compare with what a normal human can only soaked in in this lifetime. Depression is bound to happen and we witness it in this work of art. I can never stop saying how tragic the life is during the Holocaust period. So much fear and sorrows. May God bless their very souls.

In the end, the reconciliation was just beautiful drawn and crafted. For such a tragic yet beautiful storytelling by Vladek Spiegelman (illustrated by Art Spiegelman), they both truly are my new found heroes!


Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars

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