Review: The Complete Maus

The Complete Maus The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As powerful and moving as I expected it to be, and even more horrific in moments. I can see why it won the Pulitzer and it's right that it did so. The art is effective without necessarily soaring other than in a few impressive moments but this story is about the emotional truth more than anything else.

The framing device of the writer interviewing his father for his story works exceptionally well, the mice/cats metaphor works perfectly, even the acknowledgement of the gap and life changes between Book I and Book II adds depth to the already multilayered story.

I'm not a big reader of non-fiction, particularly in comics, and had parked this book, for years, in a place that seemed more like schoolwork than anything else but the sheer quality of the work and importance of subject matter elevate it beyond any other concerns.

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