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Maus

Posted on November 17, 2013 by Andyrox


I have been reading & collecting for over thirty years and recently picked up Maus, it had been on my must get & read list for quite awhile, but kept getting bumped. It was worth the wait. A clever, beautiful, haunting and honest tale of a father & son coming to terms with each other during the fathers' recounting of his experiences in Poland during WWII leading up to his hell and survival of Auschwitz, the Nazi's final solution. Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize rendering is not only good reading, but in my mind should be as mandatory as The Diary of Anne Frank in curriculum's across the world. The stark reality of the plight of Jews in Nazi occupied Poland brought this reader to tears on more than one occasion. At first I was hesitant to let my son read this as it hit ME hard, by the time I finished and realized how much work we still have to do as a race and species, WWII is almost 70 years removed from our minds and yet the realization of the nightmare lives on today, nations warring against nations for religious differences and right here at home an open language war brewing right under our noses. Ironically, we just celebrated Remembrance Day this past week. My son & I started reading it together 10 pages a day so to pass on the lesson to him. "Never Forget." and more still, "Do The Right Thing." I warn everyone who has not yet read this incredible tale of racism, destruction, love and strength, that it's not for the faint of heart, but will make you appreciate the freedom's we enjoy today at the cost of so many gone tragically before.


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