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Maus by Art Spiegelman
As a kid I read loads of books about survivors of the second world war. It was just something that fascinated about how on earth anyone actually got out of there alive. My son came home from a friends place after having a few nights sleepover during the holidays and dropped this book on bed, saying, "Mum, I think you'll like this."
It is a full graphic novel of Art's parent story (and his) of survival. It incredibly intense and personal (Art bares his soul). I wept. This story has stayed with me for the two weeks since I have read it and I am sure that it will continue to stay with me. I am now going to get our own copy for the rest of the family to read and to read again. In is a very powerfully written story, and I think even more so as it is done through the graphic novel novel style. I now have a new sense of respect for the graphic novel. (I also wish I could draw a whole bunch better...).
Wow... Thank you Art for sharing this with me and the world. It is such a deep, rich, personal and horribly moving story that I could not put down. Another reminder of why war is a tragedy. Thank you, thank you, thank you.