Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book: Maus - A Survivor's Tale - My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman


Maus is a graphic novel that tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman (the author's father) and his first hand experience of the Holocaust. Art Spiegelman cleverly uses mice to represent the Jews and cats to represent Nazis, which makes the tough, often heart-breaking story a little more bearable and without which it might just be too disheartening and miserable to see through. That said, there is an uplifting message in that as much as person's life may be thrown about by an unjust world that is fully outside of their control, through perseverance (and good luck one) can still come out on the other end.

***1/2

Some nice, broken-english phrases used by Vladek:

- ...then you could see what it is, friends!
- I was in textiles - buying and selling - buy always I could make a living
- then I saw Ilzecki walking, so I went hasty over to him.
- to go it was no good, but not to go - it was also no good. 


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