When I first purchased Maus I was a bit concerned just because when I opened the book I saw it was a comic. A long comic at that. I have never read a comic book in my life, so when I saw this it threw me off a bit. I never thought that I would have enjoyed a book with this style of writing. But I do have to say that it is creative and unique and was quite an easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. Although I am not quite done I find it intriguing and interesting. I really love the way he makes his dad sound real. And like he’s from Poland with his English sentence structure and choice of words.
On the other hand, one thing I did notice was how Artie feels like he has to compete with his “ghost brother.” Even though I could never picture having to feel envious of someone who has passed, I think that his parents have made it quite clear that they really loved Richieu and made it certain that he would never go out of their memory. This takes a toll on Artie I think simply because even though he tries his best to succeed, he will never add up to his brother. I found it a bit heartbreaking at the end of the novel on the last picture Artie’s dad lays down in bed, groans and says “I’m tired from talking, Richieu, and it’s enough stories for now…” I can only imagine what Artie was feeling at the moment, but I’m sure it didn’t make him feel comforted about his father’s health of mind. I wish that we knew what his true interpretation was of this slide.
What did Art really mean?