The Complete Maus – Art Spiegleman

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SYNOPSIS 

Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.

GOODREADS RATING – 4.55/5 STARS 

REVIEW 

This is a must-read for everyone! Spiegelman approaches themes of memory, genocide, war, relationships, ethics and identity with a lot of respect and in a truly beautiful way. 

Individuals are represented as either mice or cats (or dogs and pigs) through the masks they wear. By representing humans as animals, it strips everyone’s humanity to a certain degree and reminds us as readers that people’s actions were not always their own choice due to the inherent need to survive. Identity is a construct and can be manipulated. The concept is brilliant, but in terms of the graphics, it sometimes became confusing or fuzzy because of the number of graphics on each page.  

Spiegelman’s graphic novel depicts both the hardships of the Holocaust that his father (Vladek) has experience alongside his own guilt as a second-generation survivor. Art tries to understand his father and respect his past. This is shown through a few real photographs. This hit me hard as it reminded me that although the graphics are beautiful, this story tells the life of real people and a real family. 

RATING – 5/5 STARS!

INSTAGRAM – GLOBALBOOKMANIA

GOODREADS -KATERINA TURNER 

The Moomins and The Great Flood by Tove Jansson

SYNOPSIS

The Moomins and the Great Flood is the first book about the Moomins, originally published in 1945. It´s the story about Moominmamma and Moomintroll´s search for the missing Moominpappa and how they found their way to the Moominvalley.

GOODREADS RATING – 4.03/5 STARS

REVIEW

I read this book a while ago for one of my university modules. I really enjoyed the artwork – it was beautiful. I had never heard of Tove Jansson before, or the Moomins, so it was certainly an interesting read. The language was simple and seeing as this is a translation, I can imagine the writing is more lyrical in it’s original Swedish. The story follows a lot of small adventures with many characters joining and leaving along the way. The fact that this was published in 1945, goes to show how Tove Jansson represented exile during war as a key theme throughout the book. Overall – definitely read this, because it’s short, entertaining and memorable.

RATING – 4,5/5 STARS

INSTAGRAM – GLOBALBOOKMANIA

GOODREADS – KATERINA TURNER 

 

December TBR

  1. Metamorphosis and other stories – Franz Kafka

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2. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

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3. Feed – Mira Grant

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4. The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken ( Yes I’m on the late train with this one, should have read it years ago.)

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5. Kiatana’s Journey – Natalie Erin ( I am reading this because an author sent it to me, but I have been so busy recently that I have barely read half the book even though I started it over a month ago).

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If you have any recommendations for me or have read any of these books and would like to share your opinions, ask me questions or just chat, please comment and I’ll be sure to reply.

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