crowyhead, March 1, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
I have to admit, I was a bit put off from the beginning by the cover of this book. The beautiful, big-eyed waif on the cover is an arresting image, but I was a little uncomfortable with what felt like a kind of "concentration camp chic."
The rest of the book belies this; I don't believe that Croci intended to romanticize the Holocaust at all. The book, however, still struck me as flawed. I found the plotting confusing and somewhat meandering, and the attempt at the beginning and end to relate the events of the Holocaust to the ethnic cleansing in the fomer Yugoslavia was well-intentioned but clumsily handled. When I compare it to Art Spiegelman's Maus or Joe Sacco's magnificent journalism in comic-form (I never know what to call nonfiction "graphic novels" -- "graphic nonfiction"? It's frustrating) it falls short.
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jacky_ryckman, January 30, 2008 (view all comments by jacky_ryckman)
An amazing graphic novel. I could not put it down. Not only does Croci tell the story of the Polish Jews at Auschwitz but he also tells about the numerous other victims in the other sub-camps at Auschwitz. Very few books cover those victims as well. The graphics were startling and exceptional. I would recommend it to everyone.
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Harry N Abrams -
by Library Journal,
"The depictions of piled, burning corpses in the gas chamber are not for children or for the faint-hearted of any age. But this is recommended for older teens and adults, as a reminder of something that must not be forgotten."
by School Library Journal,
"Croci's work stays with readers, its profound imagery serving as a haunting reminder of the persistence of violence and evil."
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