“Although I was aware of this book, I'd never read it. Apart from a few well known titles, I've not read widely in the graphic art medium. This memoir, deceptively simple in it's narrative flow and simple black and white drawings, was mesmerizing.The device of using animal heads--mice, pigs, cats, dogs--was clever and helped dramatize what the war reduced people to. The story is both horrifying and heart-breaking--not just the WWII Jewish experience, but also the strained relationship between Art Spiegelman and his father. If this is part of the appeal to a reader, than I'd recommend Stiches, which had an equally painful relationship that lead into adulthood.
The way the author managed to distill all the conversations into this format is nothing short of amazing. He also effortlessly slid from past to the present, highlighting the psychological agony. ”