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Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus #2)

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Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spieglman's Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father's terrifying story, and History itself. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), succeeds perfe ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published September 1992 by Pantheon Books (first published 1991)
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Sep 07, 2015 Maxwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Fantastic conclusion. I think I enjoyed this one even more than the first. The two stories of Vladek in the past and Vladek in the present really explore interesting topics of generational gaps as well as national differences. Art's American sensibility versus his father's stinginess--a result of his wartime survival--is extremely understandable and well explored in this volume. It's a harrowing story but so uniquely told and such a wonderful insight into one man's Holocaust survival, I would hi ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 16, 2015 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing
This was even more devastating than Maus I.

Vladek Spiegelman's story is continued here. In Maus I, we left Vladek and his wife Anja at the gates of Auschwitz. In this volume, we are treated to an insider's view of daily life at a Nazi concentration camp.

As with Maus I, the fact that it is written in comic-book format does nothing to soften the impact - if anything, it heightens it. In the camp, the inmates are subjected to a slow, drawn-out death sentence as the guards play with them like... wel
Mar 18, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone.
When I was a boy living in Germany, my parents and I visited Dachau concentration camp.

It was horrible. We saw the ovens, the gas chambers, the graveyards. The visit drove home to me the magnitude of the horror that had been perpetrated there, and the madness of the people who had orchestrated it.

Maus II is mostly concerned with Vladek's time in Auschwitz. It reminded me of all things I had seen when I was a boy, but it also added a new perspective. This graphic novel really drove home to me wha
Dannii Elle
There are so many layers to this story! Is it reality? It it only our perception of Art’s reality? Is it biographical? Autobiographical? Fictional? Historical? Fact? A representation of fact? I don’t know. I don’t care. I love it anyway, no because, of its intangibility and abstract nature. It touches my heart and makes me feel an emotional attachment to the horrifying story and to the factual history behind it, regardless of its classification.

There are many subtle clues towards Art’s intentio
Apr 29, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing
I flew directly into this book after finishing Maus 1 because how could I not? I needed to know the rest of Vladek's story from the time he and his wife entered Auschwitz. I also needed to hear the rest of the story between him and his son, Art, with whom he had a stormy relationship. And so, as I turned the first page of this book, I braced myself for what was to come, knowing it would be bad, though I was still unprepared for what amounted to diving into an open wound.

Reading this book left m
Aug 09, 2014 Arnie rated it it was amazing
When I was a kid I read comic books (mostly Superman). The Maus books are the only graphic novels I've read and I consider them masterpieces (Mausterpieces?). Like Spiegelman's alter ego, I was a middle class child growing up in Queens (NYC), the son of Holocaust survivors and couldn't communicate with my father when I was growing up. He got it down perfectly. It was spot on and ranks among the best of Holocaust related literature.
Pramod Nair
Jun 06, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it it was amazing
"I can't even make sense out of my relationship with my father--how am I supposed to make sense out of the Holocaust?" - Art Spiegelman

Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began’ continues with the painful story of ‘Vladek Spiegelman’ from where ‘Maus I’ left off but in a more intense manner. ‘Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began’ is the completion of a masterpiece by Art Spiegelman. The book delves further deep into the everlasting struggle that his family had to go through even after his parents su
Mar 22, 2016 Elyse rated it it was amazing
Vol 2.... Pulitzer prize winning book.

Art Spieglman takes us deep inside in concentration camps....and really shows us how life was day to day.

This book is so hard to put down once you begin...
It's so frickin sad --- ( we take the in horrors on probably the deepest of deepest levels, from a book about the Holocaust)

The graphic depictions are the most brilliant creation of all ... everything about these
illustrations works ---( their artistic design and purpose are flawless).
Krista Wright
Dec 23, 2015 Krista Wright rated it really liked it
I didn't like this quite as much as the first volume, but it is still amazing and sad.
Jan 16, 2016 Kelli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I am struggling to write a cohesive review for the second book and final chapter to this saga. The brilliance continues while the story becomes even more difficult to read. It is tough to describe. This heartbreakingly challenging father-son relationship becomes more the focal point of this book and it is masterfully drawn and examined in every frame. Laid out on these pages is the guilt felt by a son who does not understand his father, but who knows his father has endured and survived the unima ...more
Feb 11, 2014 booklady rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to booklady by: Melissa
This second Maus book finishes up the story of Vladek and Anja Spiegelman's experiences in Auschwitz and Birkenau at the end of WWII. 'Maus' is the German word for 'mouse' and Art Spiegelman – the son and author – chose to portray the Jewish people in his cartoon as mice because of a disparaging German newspaper article in the mid-1930s which belittled Mickey Mouse as the most miserable ideal ever revealed and upheld the Swastika Cross as the highest. His Nazis are therefore cats. Interestingly, ...more
Jan 25, 2008 Madeline rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't think of graphic novels as "real literature"
this was interesting to me because it wasn't just the story of a man who survived auschwitz. it was the story of son ("artie") telling the story based on a retelling from his father's memory, which does not always seem to serve correctly. it is subtitled "a survivor's tale" but this brings to mind the problem of who is the survivor? is it that the father is a survivor of auschwitz? or is it that the son is a survivor of his father? in the end the subtitle seems purely ironic because no one seems ...more
Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
*Reread March 2015 for school

I cannot get over how powerful these book are. I'll be doing a video review soon so stay tuned for that.
Tori (InToriLex)
Apr 25, 2016 Tori (InToriLex) rated it really liked it
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In this volume the author balances detailing the relationship that he has with his father, with describing the atrocities that his father lived through. He notes that he's not sure Vladek did survive Auschwitz, not in a way that's important. The fourth wall is also broken, and we learn how much the author struggled to tell this story, and how uncertain he was that he would be able to do it justice.

It's clear from the notoriety that this volume gained,
Jul 16, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Well once you start this book you cannot stop or at least those are my sentiments. The book really carries on where the first left off -at the gates of Auschwitz - (no wonder now they are collected in a single volume) and as harrowing as the first volume was this is even more so - really the two books should be reviewed together to preserve the passion and horror of the story. This is not a book to be taken lightly which considering it is really little more than a comic speaks greatly of the pow ...more
Nov 20, 2013 Felisberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Indiferente ninguém pode ficar!

Conforme aconteceu com o 1º volume, depois de lido este 2º, fico com a sensação de que a História vivida e a criatividade jogam um com o outro de forma magistral na elaboração deste livro.

Neste 2º volume, sempre lido de dentro para fora, com uma intimidade absorvente, é continuado o relato trágico da perseguição Nazi aos judeus, indo, agora, mais além na sua barbárie e complexidade literária. Tal como no volume I, os detalhes históricos e autobiográficos continuam
Sagar Vibhute
Sep 19, 2014 Sagar Vibhute rated it it was amazing
If this novel was only narrating the experience of a concentration camp survivor it would have been a different sort of a read. Art Spiegelman drew Part I of his father's story as one that is interspersed between everyday conversation and squabbles, and a relationship between father and son that is most definitely strained.

Part II takes the same template further, but digs much deeper into their personal relationship. For one, I never thought that a survivor might feel guilty of having lived thro
Mar 22, 2016 Shadowdenizen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-other
Not sure how I missed shelving this one before.
Clif Hostetler
Oct 04, 2012 Clif Hostetler rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
(Note: This review is pretty much the same as what I wrote for Volume 1)

Using the comic book format to tell the story of the author's parents surviving the Holocaust seemed like a strange way of going about it. Now that I finished the book, I can't imagine how it could have been done better. Depicting Jews as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs, French as frogs and Americans as dogs really seemed weird. But now upon reflection, it's amazing how much that facilitated conveyance of the emotion be
Kako oceniti velicani Maus Arta Spigelmana, prvog stripa dobitnika Pulicerove nagrade, konstantno hvaljenog kao jednog od najboljih i najvaznijih grafickih novela? Ulazeci s takvim preporukama u citanje stripa uvek je prevrtljiva stvar i, barem u mom slucaju, rezultat je blago razocaravajuci. Prvo, Maus nije los strip; daleko od toga, ima naravno svojih dobrih strana. Prica je poprilicno jednostavna, otac prica sinu o svojim dogadjajima za vreme holokausta, ali ona je toliko puta vec ispricana u ...more
Jul 18, 2015 Janet rated it it was amazing
This is so brilliant. The Jews are mice, the Germans are cats, the French are frogs, the Poles are pigs and the Americans are dogs. The drawings are black and white which evokes the bleak and stark Holocaust experience. Smartly conceived and wonderful in it's ( I hesitate to use the word) execution.

Art Spiegelman recounts the story of his father and mother's imprisonment and near death experiences in 1940's Poland and Germany. Vladek (father) is frugal in the extreme and as we move through his c
“A Survivor’s Tale”

But is it really? Did Spiegelman’s father (Vladek) really survive the Holocaust? That is the question you’re left to ponder after finishing the novel. In this installment, you see Vladek’s time in Auschwitz and see how the atrocities during the war scarred him in more ways than one. He’s constantly haunted by the past - by the deaths of his relatives, by the death of his first child and eventually his wife’s suicide. The ending is truly heart-breaking. He may have survived the
Nov 07, 2015 Gina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rereads
I just read both volume 1 and 2 in one shot, so I'm just going to leave my review for both here, since it's a continuous flow anyway.

I'm discovering that reading anything about the Holocaust just hurts. Even when it is in a graphic novel/comic book format and the people in it are all drawn as humanoid animals. The story is still true, the events are still real, and the vague nausea and heartache is still there--maybe even more so because of some of the imagery, and the frank depictions of what w
If LOTR was originally intended to be one book, than the Maus Saga should be read as one work. This book continues the story started in Maus I A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History. In addition to the story of Speigalman's father, the reader is also treated to the artist's conflicted emotions about the success of the first graphic noval and how to procede with the second. Not only is the book about history, surivial, and family relationships, but about creative work as well.
Sep 18, 2016 Jessaka rated it it was amazing
This artful book with its short, concise sentences makes a powerful impact on the mind, especially when accompanied by vivid drawings. There are also things that I didn't know about the Holocaust, just as how some survived by bartering for food. Then after reading it every now and then when I think of some things that happened I also see the drawings in my mind. Not sure how I feel about that type of an impact, but this brings me to the end of reading books about the Holocaust.

It is a true story
Jbb Lim
Apr 14, 2015 Jbb Lim rated it it was amazing
I have never read a graphic novel so heartbreaking in my life! Art Spiegelman did it! The idea of describing the infamous concentration camp in Auschwitz is very well painted in this book. Journey after journey, I have every intention of not continuing this one because it was way too hard, too painful!

As a reader, I am already feeling a time lapse, there is this time drag when you can very well feel how every prisoners are going through those sufferings of being treated less than human. Human di
Jan 08, 2013 Kayla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If I ever get the chance to teach history, I would absolutely include this graphic novel as a required read. Although the characters are mice (a reference to a quote made in a newspaper), the characters are completely human. I felt the sadness of Art's father as he had to make difficult choices throughout the graphic novel. While reading the book, I became heartbroken and depressed. The book affected me in many different levels and made me question the actions of people who live in fear (whether ...more
Sep 20, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent follow-up to Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History. In this book, Art Spiegelman continues his father's story while also showing his modern relationship with his father. Spiegelman also touches upon the popularity of the first installment. I liked the bits he included on how he was developing this graphic novel, including how he decided to draw certain things. Spiegelman's inclusion of his artistic process--as well as reactions to it--made the story more multi ...more
Sep 10, 2016 Ariel rated it liked it

I've pretty much explained my thoughts here:

BUT, to further:
- I liked that this felt more personal. I cared about the characters more, I was invested in their stories and hardships.
- I appreciated the relationship between the father and son so much more.
- The level of meta fiction was real really interesting and touching and contemplative.
- The time span was a lot shorter (under a year as oppo
Jan 27, 2015 Casidhe rated it it was amazing
Sheer, unadulterated brilliance.

What more can i say that has not already been said?

Maus is a moving work of art. It's real, intense, every facet and inch of these two volumes contains the heart and soul of Art Spiegelman himself, pouring the grievances, truths, and repercussions of the Holocaust in its entirety.

Very few works of art can claim to have achieved a level of intimacy that Maus has with its readers, which is even fewer among contemporary novels found today. Its revolutionary conceptu
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Art Spiegelman (born Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev) is New-York-based comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus.
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