The 10-Book Challenge FINISHED: Book #10

Maus II, A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman

I hadn’t anticipated reading Spiegelman’s other installment of Maus, but I was so impressed with the first one that I drove up to Amarillo today to purchase the second one.

This one begins when Spiegelman’s father, Vladek, is brought to Auschwitz. The subtitle of this part of the story — And Here My Troubles Began — simply can’t capture the horrors Vladek endured.

Despite that, the reader already knows that Vladek and his wife, Anja, who also was sent to Auschwitz, survive their experiences. You know eventually they will be reunited, so it’s a resolution that the reader looks forward to.

Spiegelman uses narrative masterfully. And, it’s an extra treat to see which animals he chooses to represent people of different nationalities.

I still have a couple of books in the works, but that’ll do it for my official 10-Book Challenge! For those of you who peeked in on my efforts, thanks for your interest. I’m hoping to continue reading some good stuff through the holidays, and I hope you get to, as well.

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