13 April 2010

last but not least...

Maus by Art Speigalman was a unique form of comics because it was an autobiography of the author’s parent who had been a part of the worst worlds. The German’s disguised as cats and the Jewish people disguised as mice. Starting off with a memory about his childhood days running through the Rego Park in New York, Artie was racing with two of his friends. He tripped and his friends ran off without him so he went crying to his dad who was working outside. Seeming almost like a dream he was awoken by a phone call from his father’s second wife on the brink of hysteria claiming his father was climbing up the roof and had gotten dizzy. Instead of rushing to his father’s aide he stays home and rather feels the guilt later. Getting help from his neighbor his father turns away some of the help his son offers. Then asking his father’s second wife why his father is indifferent and she had explained how his father had found a comic he hadn’t written a long time ago about his mother. This comic is totally different because the people actually look like humans but there’s a sort of dark tone to the drawings. It explained how Artie had lost his mother and how he and his father took it. After hearing this explanation from his stepmother, his mother returns and father and son walk to the bank. During the walk there his father talks about his life in Sosnowiec which he was forced out of to live in a small village called Srodula. There his life is full of fear of the German army who detested his race. So he spent his younger years sneaking around with his wife trying to hide. Usually buying their way out of trouble with trinkets made of gold and had diamonds. Artie wrote alongside his father the incredible horrific journey he had to endure in his days. Ending with his father sharing what he kept in a safe box at the bank which contained a couple of trinkets worth a lot of money. This he hid from his second wife and then crying out to his son asking him why he got remarried and saying his first wife’s name “Anja”, Artie trying to get his father on his feet and home.

This is just a chapter of the book MAUS but a good one. With his father retelling the events that took place in his life during world war two which had brought much pain to his father and others he knew. I liked that the illustrator did something different by making all Jewish people into mice and all Germen people into cats. But they had also included another comic that the author had written a long time ago but this was also in a different style neither were the same. It was an interesting chapter of the book MAUS and I’d be interested in reading the rest.

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