Poignant, profound, and a haunting testament to the madness wrought by Nazis, and the horrors suffered by Jews. The story of the Holocaust is brought to life in the artistic pages of Art Spiegelman's ingenious comic book series in the form of a powerful imagery narrating a despicable, desperate chapter in the history of human existence.
This series does a great job of portraying the quintessential evil that stalked Jews all over the world, and destroyed them as if they were nothing more than loathsome pests. It also does an exceptional job of depicting the sheer desperation to survive, and the each man for himself - scenario in all its gory glory. The fact that the author contemplated, and executed the the story of Holocaust in a comic book format is nothing short of an impressive leap of creative genius, and iconoclastic vision.
I thought it was brilliant of the author to portray Nazis as cats, and Jews as mice; it hardly seemed like a metaphor, especially considering the perpetual mayhem that filled the pages, it was senseless and inexplicable. Some of the scenes depicted will make your head spin, and will leave you shocked and spooked.
The premise revolves around a Jewish father recounting his life, in and out of concentration camps, to his son who is keen on capturing this gruesome history as a comic book series. The story switches back and forth between the Nazi era, and the present day where a tumultuous, troubled relationship between a son and a father is burned into the pages. The main characters in this series are the father, and the son, and while the ultimate fate of the mother is known, the details of her afflictions and her troubled life remain a mystery.
Each time the book depicted the chimney, the gas chambers, and the crematorium - pictorially, it gave me the creeps. A gripping series that kept me riveted and filled me with emotions. I highly recommend it.
The love for books & a hunger for stories was programmed into my DNA. And, sooner than later, life experiences sealed the deal. Books have saved me, transformed my life, enlightened me and have shown me the path I must walk. In a way, far too many books have played the role of kindred spirits and guides, leading the seeker in me to answers and paving a way for a new way of life. Books have helped me keep my wits, my sense of wonder, my sense of mystery and curiosity & my sanity in a life that has been anything but predictable and normal.