The second book of Mous continues to tell the story of the holocaust through Artie’s father Vladek and goes through the end of the war, his transition back into civilian life, and their move to the United States. At this point Artie is starting to show how complex his relationship is with his father and how he is starting to feel guilty because he is unable to relate to what his father had gone through and having some guilt about publishing the book. Artie talks about his guilt with Francoise (his wife) as well as his psychiatrist about his inability to relate and the quilt he is having from profiting from what his father had gone through. Artie shows us this through his pictures of himself getting smaller during his psychiatry sessions but he always seems to feel better after each session.
Artie shows us how his father had struggled to adjust to civilian life after what he went through in the war camps. He characterizes how his father really nit picked at the little things (or what everyone considered to be trivial) and caused everyone to really distance themselves from him, even his own wife. He was also able to show why his father was the way he was, not being wasteful or keeping everything in order at all times, because he never new when he would be dead and wanted to make sure he could leave everything in order for his family. I think Artie and everyone who was associated with Vladek could have been a little more understanding of what he went through and had a little more patience but it was hard for some because I guess they just did not fully understand what a living hell it was for his father.