Maus flashbacks. The present of this book focuses

Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman is a graphic novel which narrates Vladek Speigelman’s experience throughout the holocaust. Vladek’s encounters are illustrated as flashbacks. The present of this book focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between Art and his father Vladek.  Art Spiegelman uses multiple animal figures in order to represent how race is not reducible. The novel begins when Art arrives at his father’s home in order to record his memories for a book he plans to write. He is also determined to know more about his mother Anja Spiegelman, who commits suicide in 1968. Art collects information through a series of interviews based on Vladek’s journey as a Poland Jew who is taken as a prisoner of war by Germans. Vladek begins his story with his marriage to Anja in 1937, with the birth of his first son; Rysio. Shortly after, Vladek is drafted to the polish reserves army. When he returns, the laws against Jews become strict, and the penalties become severe. In 1943, Vladek and his family are moved to the Srodula ghetto. Rysio is sent to live with his aunt Tasha, where the German Nazis quickly invade. Tasha poisons Rysio and herself. Meanwhile, Vladek and Anja hide out in a bunker. Anja and Vladek sneak away and finally seek refugee. They make the decision to be smuggled out to Hungary. As a result, they are captured by the German gestapo, and taken to Auschwitz. After this, the story becomes striking.    Art Spiegelman is a comic advocate who is known for his collection of graphic novel stories titled “Maus”. Art Spiegelman is a winner of Pulitzer Prize Special Citations And Awards. This is his most recent award having been in 1999. The text is a comic strip, which is quite frankly easy to follow and read. This would be a beginner informational book for those who are realizing their interest in World War 2. Maus opens a window through the history of the holocaust. The real life story of the author’s father illustrates the countless horrors that Jews had faced during World War 2. This will change most options on “history is boring” of young adults to be more fascinating. The story alternates between present day interviews and shifts into the past of Vladek’s recollections. The characters within this story were not as I would expect. Some tend to not be developed enough. Since I am a reader who is highly moved by the characters of a story more so than the plot, the book was not incredibly enjoyable. The plot of this story is informative and straightforward. The leading events throughout this story were nothing new to me. Racism is a theme that is majorly echoed throughout Maus. The Nazi’s racist idea that those who are Jewish are less than human, is effective to me as a reader to help inform me on the way race was taken. The theme of “power” plays a major part in Maus. The Nazi government infiltrated every aspect of of their lives. This included; taking wealth and property, controlling movements, and sanctioning violence against Jews. In conclusion, this book was appealing to me in an emotional way. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman will deserve a rating of ? stars. 



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