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April 06, 2011
Maus by Art Spiegelman
I started taking an interest in the history of the graphic novel since reading Essex County as part of Canada Reads.During my research I read that Maus was considered a classic of the genre. Imagine my surprise when I saw it at my library’s “Hot Books” section the very next day.That was a sign. I had to pick up despite already having too many books on the go.After scanning a few pages it immediately took precedence on my pile of books.
The author recounts his father’s experiences as a holocaust survivor during WWII.They say memory is particularly acute when strong emotions are tied to events. Humans remember joyful occasions like reciting weddings vows more vividly than routine conversations like ordering a coffee at a café. The same is true for sad or painful events.Reading the words and viewing the images in Maus stirred up powerful emotions in me. His father’s story is now permanently etched in my brain. Regardless of the number of books I’ve read or films I’ve seen, when someone mentions holocaust, Maus will come to my frontal lobe.It’s an honest, respectful, informative book on the holocaust.An enormous accomplishment when you consider the genre.