The book police are at it again.
This time a school board in Tennessee.
The book in question? Pulitzer Prize-Winning Graphic Novel MAUS.
NOTE: The Book was originally released in two volumes, the second volume is far more horrific than the first. There was a third volume released in 1996 that combines both volumes. This is most likely the book that has been banned.
Reason’s for the ban: Language, nudity, graphic violence. Is the nudity depicted as pornography? No, it’s horrendous but fantastical at the same time. How? MAUS is the memoir of cartoonist Art Spiegelman’s parent’s survival of the Holocaust. I read the first book when I was 16 in 1986 and the second in 1991 at 21. There are images that haunt me to this day at 51 years old.
It in no way sugarcoats the Holocaust, it is very balls to the wall in your face. The Jewish people are depicted as mice, the Nazis are cats, the Polish are pigs ECT. Funny how the school board chose to ban this incredible book one day before Holocaust Memorial Day.
Hum, do you know what other book is on the growing list of banned books? The Diary of Anne Frank.
Had Spiegelman drawn anyone as a human it would be an even harder read. By making the characters anthropomorphic he slightly lessens the visual impact of the story.
This is also a story about a strained relationship between father & son in regard to the worthiness of getting this story of survival out. It is by far one of the best graphic novels I have ever read.
I highly recommend it.