Friday, August 13, 2010

MAUS by Art Spiegelman 741.5 Spi

This is a powerful work. The tale of a young man's painful relationship with his father is elegantly interwoven with the father's recollection of life as a Jew in Nazi-occupied Poland. Spiegelman's skill and honesty make this a raw, gut-wrenching read, though the tale is somehow ultimately uplifting.

Review by Jennifer Stubbs: Will Eisner coined the term “sequential art” to describe this type of work.  Graphic Novels are a visual medium for any genre of writing.  They are not necessarily children’s books—for example, MAUS.  This is a novelization/biography of the author’s father, a survivor of Auschwitz.  Told in black & white pen drawings, the story illustrates many of the events before and during WWII.  If you know a high school or college student that has trouble reading about the Holocaust, MAUS might be a very useful alternative.  I found the accents from New York stuck in my head.