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Maus I - My Father Bleeds History

Author: Art Spiegelman

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Graphic Novel

Themes: History, Depression/Mental Health, Holocaust

Format: Paperback

Finished: November 21, 2016

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This was a spur-of-the-moment purchase at Savoy Bookshop & Cafe in Westerly, RI. I usually enjoy graphic novels, so I picked this up when I saw it sitting on the staff recommendation shelf.

Maus tells the true story of the author’s parents, Polish Jewish Holocaust survivors. It is an emotionally gripping story with excellent artwork. Everything is in black and white, but the characters are easily distinguishable as different animals: Jews are mice, Germans are cats, Americans are dogs, and non-Jewish Poles are pigs. The author doesn’t go into great detail in intense situations, leaving your imagination to run wild.

I binged this in a few hours over two evenings. I can’t wait to read part II.