The Complete Maus

Art Spiegelman     Recommended by Lucy    

Justifiably a classic of the graphic novel genre, The Complete Maus interweaves the devastating story of how Art Spiegelman’s parents survived the Nazi death camps, with the often funny frustrations of Art’s relationship as an adult with his elderly father. The black and white line drawings, which represent the Jews as mice and the Germans as cats, look a little like wood cuts and manage to convey settings, emotion, and character with only a few lines. Art’s father, Vladek, is a resourceful charmer and the dialogue between him and Art will make you laugh (and tear your hair out on Art’s behalf).

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