Maus by: Art Spiegelman review *spoiler free*

February 12, 2015

Maus by: Art Spiegelman

Rating:

4/5

This book was absolutely indescribable.
Spiegelman told a sad story of the holocaust (aren't they all) through comics, which made this story especially unique.
For those of you who don't know what this book is about, it's about the holocaust....except it follows mice?
Animal symbolism in the book includes:
Main:
Rats: Jews
Cats: Nazis
Pigs: Poles
Dogs: Americans

Side:
Frogs: French
Rabbits: Czechslovakians
Fish: British
Bears: Russian
Monkeys: Korean
ETC.....

Knowing what the animal symbolism means is especially important to know while reading this story because it allows you to better understand basically the entire book.

I believe this book is based off Art Spiegelman's father. Although Art is referred to as Artie and his father is referred to as Vladek.

Personally, I was required to read this for my language arts class. Usually I dislike required reading but I found this book to be especially interesting.
Even though the main characters are "rats" I couldn't help but still feel impacted because of the horrible premise of being part of the holocaust.

Who would I recommend this book to?

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the holocaust but doesn't wan't to see graphic images from the holocaust/ concentration camps. (Because trust me they are graphic...)
I would also recommend this book to people who like good, solid graphic novels because it was quite interesting.

I've heard even more amazing things about the second book in the duology so I'm excited to continue:)


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