Friday, January 14, 2011

Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began, by Art Spiegelman


Not surprisingly, this volume is even more horrifying than the first--making this reader all the more grateful for the emotional distance provided by the author's decision to portray all characters as animals. Not only is it easier to stomach, but the enormity of the situation is in some ways more accessible because of that emotional distance. The modern-day elements of the story tied in better in this volume, and allowed the reader to see some of the after effects even decades after Auschwitz.

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