Title: The Complete Maus
Author: Art Spiegelman
Page Count/Review Word Count: 296
Maus could very well be one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it’s certainly the top graphic novel – put simply, it’s a masterpiece, and literally everyone should read it. You’ll find out why in a second.
See, Maus is Spiegelman’s account of the story of his parents as they endured the Second World War – as you might have guessed from the author’s name, his parents were both Jewish, and they endured the unimaginable at the hands of the Nazi party during Hitler’s reign of terror. Essentially, Maus has turned his father’s monologues into the war days into one of the most incredible testaments to the sheer brutality of the Holocaust that I’ve ever seen.
Not only is the writing top notch, but the illustrations are fantastic as well – it’s impressive that Spiegelman did both, and the attention to detail is downright alarming. Spiegelman portrays different races as different species, so the Nazis are cats and the mice of the title are the Jews; on top of this, there are plenty of visual tricks, like paths that look like swastikas if you look at them in the right way.
But really, the best thing about this book is the fact that it’s a testament to truth – Spiegelman has captured both his father, and his father’s stories, in a way that really brings them to life, and no other medium could compete with it. This book should be taught on school curriculums across the world, and read by everyone – I’m not exaggerating here. Go and buy it, and make sure that you get the complete collection so that you get the full story. Go, go!