of graphic novel
s which details in beautiful but simultaneously horrible pictures his father's journey through Nazi Germany
and its concentration camps
. The series
is divided into two books:
1) Hiding from the Nazis
and attempting to escape them.
2) Being captured and sent to a Auschwitz
and life there, as well as living through Auschwitz
and what happened to those that didn't.
To avoid making the novels too graphic to read, Spiegelman uses creatures to represent the various different ethnicities
involved in the story. The Jewish
people are Mice
. There are also dogs, pigs, and other "barnyard" creatures. The books are entirely in black and white which gives them a very dark tone, and lends them an oppressive
feel. Readers will certainly find the books good, but it is very hard to actually enjoy something grounded in reality and dealing with such a heavy subject.