I haven’t had an easy experience with reading Maus. I do not like comics, their format, the artwork used, or the feeling that I am missing out on something with every new page. It took me four tries before I can honestly admit to understanding the format of Maus. Each time I went to a new pane on the page I just got lost and couldn’t understand what I was supposed to be reading next. When I finally got over my initial confusion and frustration with this piece of literature I could see that there were things to appreciate in it, and to be able to see underlying emotion and the very real connection the author was establishing with the reader.
I have studied and restudied the Holocast and the events leading up to and its eventual tragic and victorious ending. I know the heartache it has wrought on an entire generation of mankind. I have shook hands with its victims. What I have the most knowledge of is the death, sickness, pain and utter evil that was present in those camps. This book helped to open my eyes to a different side of the Holocaust that I had never really learned about. I didn’t know about the mechanics of survival, the way corruption, for once, was right by me because it enabled a new group of warriors and survivors. It allowed me to understand that even in the eyes of insurmountable adversity there could be happiness, there is always a hope of victory.
What I have enjoyed about Maus is the way it allowed me to detach myself,however minimally, from the things I already know. It arousesd less emotion in me then other pieces of literature I have been obligated to read and I have been able to see the timeline of an event, how it evolved and how the way of life in Europe changed and turned upside down, all things I have never really thought about.
This book has been a learning process for me and I’m grateful for it.