I say: That GoodReads synopsis is very short but straight to the point. It’s a graphic novel in two parts about Vladek Spiegelman retelling his experiences in World War II and in Auschwitz. I’m not even going to attempt at retelling any of it myself, and will only say that it’s a very tragic, but somehow also uplifting, story. Vladek is a whiny old man who is obsessed with saving everything and spending as little as possible, and once you realise what he’s been through it all becomes understandable. My favourite parts where the ones where he was whining about how his new wife was trying to steal money from him, and all the things he did to make sure he didn’t spend any money – like stealing matches from a nearby hotel.
It was tragi-comical.
Other than that I can’t really say that I got much out of the story; mostly because I’ve read and seen so much about World War II in my life that at this point it has to be really exceptional for me to really like it.
I have become jaded – which is sad – but such is life.
Supposedly it’s somehow avant-garde that all races and nationalities are different animals; Jews are
rats mice, Germans cats, Poles pigs, Americans dogs,
and so on, but it just seemed to me like an easy way to differentiate people. Other
than that, it’s all black and white, and since I rarely read, or very much care
for, graphic novels it left me a bit meh. Perhaps if I had read this when I was
younger it would have been more interesting (I had a period when I was 13 in
which I only read literature about World War II and especially about/written by
concentration camp survivors). Considering where I am now in life, I was more
interested in the relationship between father and son than father and war.
So yeah, 3/5 for the first part and 3.5/5 for the second, but by all means, do read this. I’m sure that I would have liked everything better if it was presented as a prose novel.