Maus by Art Spiegelman

Reviewed by Samuel

out of 5 stars

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Maus is a graphic novel by American cartoonist Art Spiegelman, serialized from 1980 to 1991. It depicts Spiegelman interviewing his father about his experiences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. The work represents Jews as mice, Germans as cats, and Poles as pigs. Critics have classified Maus as memoir, biography, history, fiction, autobiography, or a mix of genres. In 1992, it became the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Maus is one of the best books, not only graphic novels, that I have ever read. Its use of the depiction of the different races and ethnicities as different animals reminds one of animal farm, except in Maus, with its being a graphic novel, you can see the expressions and the horrors of World War II Poland.

There are two sections to Maus:  one section is Poland in World War II, and the other is 40 years after, with the author talking to his father about his time in World War II. The connection and flow between the two sections is incredible and not something that happens so well in most books.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good book, or even just a good memoir or World War Two biography. Some other good books like Maus are Persepolis, a graphic autobiography by Marjane Satrapi that depicts her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. Another very good book that I would recommend like Maus is Night. Night is a work by Elie Wiesel, published in English in 1960. The book is about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945, at the height of the Holocaust toward the end of the Second World War.