Monday, October 27, 2008

Mauz Book One

Wow. That pretty much sums up the power this Spiegelman wields in his writing. The use of animals for characters really hits home when you stop to think about how the Jews must have felt. They were nothing but prey for the German Nazis and that's why Spiegelman chose to depict the Jews as mice and Nazi's as cats. One of the most interesting details I saw occurs early on this book. On page 12 Vladek is riding a stationary bike and you can only see a potion of his arms and legs, and on his arm is the numbers tatoo that he received as a Jew during the holocaust. A very powerful image in such a small panel. A great story so far.

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