The first part of the Pulitzer-winning Maus saga was published in 1986 by Art Spiegelman, and this graphic novel is a great achievement in the genre, not so much for its art, but for the captivating real-life story that it depicts. It is about a writer who is interviewing his father, who survived the Holocaust and is now living in a New York Suburb. What i enjoyed most about this story is the special way that the author's father's personal life was handled. It doesn't so much focus on the war aspect at first, but gives a well rounded background of his family and really shows how he was able to survive based on his personal history. The graphic novel also depicts honestly, a strained relationship between son and father who belong to two very different cultures and have very different ways of seeing the world. In terms of the art, the use of black and white could be seen as inferior to color, but the two tone coloring really does mirror the dark and divided ways of the Nazi regime in Poland. Another interesting technique that Spiegelman uses is instead of portraying the characters as humans, they are shown as animals, with Jews being mice, Germans being cats, Americans being dogs and Polish being pigs, which gives the novel an almost Animal Farm style allegorical tone. I first read this book when I was around 9 or 10, because it was in my dad's collection but was a comic, so that enticed me. However, because of some to the very strong themes of suicide, genocide, and death, I probably would not reccomend it to someone so young. However, as a way of learning about a Jew's perspective of Nazi-occupied Poland, the eductation was very valuable.