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Maus-a need to read graphic novel,
This review is from: The Complete Maus, 25th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
My grandmother Esther use to call my comic collection "MICKEY MOUSE" She died in 1988 and I think never understood the power of a graphic novel
The power of a graphic novel is not just collection of stories in a cartoon way. Some have impact beyond the level of simple storytelling. There are newish biographical graphic tales like Maus, the illustrated 9/11 report, King and Barefoot Gen which related history not Superheroes adventures. Howewwver there is also a new crop of adult Graphic novel also which is stronger than superheroes which current filmmakers are making into movies like Sin City, From Hell, and the History of Violence
Lets talk about Maus. Art Spiegelman related his father's real life story of being Jewish in Europe in World War two and the holocaust. Orginally a two volume set, it is complete here. It is better in one complete volume.
This graphic novel is related in Animal farm-que style (Poles are Pigs, Cats are Germans, etc), not this isnt funny animal comics like Looney Tunes. With Spiegelman's symbolism, you can understand the story quickly and it the points.
The holocaust is hard to take in most normal novels, audio books and biographies-in a graphic novel format, it is not easier to take-it become more emotional on a deeper level. Since the emotions give away to the images on the page to the further animated images in your mind of the action. It is a testimate of this book's power that It can make you weep.
This is a powerful work that every High School student NEEDS to read! In the graphic novel format, it is a book that is not a comic book. It is a strong illustrated story, It is something that needs to be read often and by many.
For those naysays who think a comic is still a comic not matter what...well I can't win you over. Buy this book and see if you can prove me wrong. I bet once you read this, you will be a beleiver.
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD