The Complete Maus
by Art Spiegleman
I have practically no experience with comic books so I put off reading Maus for a long time. But I have heard so many ecstatic reviews, I finally decided to find out for myself what all the hype was about.
It didn't feel like reading a comic book at all. Now I know why the term "graphic novel" is used. This was such an artfully and tactfully written and drawn account of WWII. It's also a very personal story for the author, who displays to the world his feelings of guilt for not having suffered through the horrors that his parents did and inadequacy in telling the tale. It is honestly told and full of raw emotion. And it works as a graphic novel better than it would have as just a written account. I am glad to have finally spent some time in it. I encourage everyone to pick it up. It's worth it.
Though it wasn't my original choice I will count it as my modern classic for the Classics Challenge. I believe it will be considered a classic for a long time to come.