Thursday, September 29, 2005

Maus I: A Survivor's Tale

For years I've looked over at the book Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman. Just a glance at the cover reveals that this is a book about the Nazis. There is actual another subtitle on the cover "My father bleeds history," which must refer to the author's father who lived this story and told it to his son in installments over a period of time. All this was after Spiegelman's mother died so he was only able to get his father's part of the story.

This is a powerful story because it's written in the voice of a survivor. He describes the horrors of family members going to camps for extermination by the Nazis. Friends trying to hide Jews in the cellars, attics and sheds. He lives through having little food while in hiding but ultimately ends up in the camps which is where the story ends. The rest of the story continues in Maus II.