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Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus #2)

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  62,434 ratings  ·  1,635 reviews
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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Nandakishore Varma
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
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Eric
Mar 18, 2008 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Arnie
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. ...more
booklady
Feb 11, 2014 booklady rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Madeline
Jan 25, 2008 Madeline rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Felisberto Barros

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
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Sagar Vibhute
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
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Hailey LeBlanc
*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.
Clif Hostetler
(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
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Kruti
“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
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Gina
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
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Chris
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.
Swetha
To some extent, I was able to be evocative when it came to the Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History. I could arrange my thoughts in coherent sentences to write something of a review. It was not challenging because the book was not as tormenting as Maus II. Together with the story of the Holocaust, I had Vladek's idiosyncrasies in the current time period that lightened the mood. I was given the heads up that Maus II would be a different story altogether. Here is the synopsis:

'This
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Jbb Lim
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
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Kayla
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
Alison ☆彡
The ending, guys... It made me cry. I liked this sequel better than the first book, I'm not sure why but I felt like there were more emotions in it. I think everyone should go read these graphic novels. They are so easy to read and yet so powerful.
Myriam
It was great, of course.
Fast-paced, gripping. The medium allowed the "now" and the "then" to intertwine seamlessly.
Kate
4.75**
I can't really nail EXACTLY what didn't make this a 5 star book.
I am so glad I read this. It was amazing. Again, the only thing I would've preferred would be a character index. There were a lot of names.
T. Edmund
So definitely had to read the second installment of Maus after rereading the first. I must confess, while still strong and brilliant the second novel meanders a little. There is a heavier focus on the author this time round, with Spiegelman riffing on the pressures and difficulties of creating the follow-up.

In saying that the history is during a much more brutal phase of the Holocaust, the father's experiencing much more violence and death (portrayed with significant harrow.) So it's hardly like
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Chip
This book is absolutely incredible. There are books that come into your life that leave a lasting impact. I've read several of them in my lifetime. Then there are the books that blow you away, but you aren't really expecting it.

I've heard great things about Maus I and Maus II. However, I always looked at it as "a graphic novel about the holocaust? There is no way a graphic novel can do justice to such a major topic." I was wrong. It is touching, uplifting, sad, wrenching, and inspiring.

I could w
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Ariel
THIS WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN MAUS 1! Man, this, THIS, was good.

I've pretty much explained my thoughts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_kOs...

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
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Michael Scott
I felt much stronger about this second installment of the Maus series, the heart-breaking story of a Holocaust survivor. While in the first book Vladek, the businessman/mouse trapped by history into the most disgusting human-killing machine ever created, is too much of a self-interested combiner, in this part Vladek becomes more than a stereotype. The Maus helps his friends and wife beyond reason and in spite of danger (contrasting the behavior described in Primo Levi's If This Is a Man), and be ...more
Adriana
As you all probably now, Maus tells two different stories: In one, we are transported to World War II, and witness Vladek Spiegelman's attempts to survive the holocaust. In the other we meet his son Art, who struggles to mantain a relationship with a holocaust survivor while trying to do justice to the story his father has to tell. The result is a book that everyone should read, regardless of their opinion of graphic novels.

I love how Spiegelman takes different animals to represent each national
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Jordan
While Maus I : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History introduces readers to World War II and Vladek's experiences with it, Volume II gives us what we were anticipating from the very beginning, and what we were also afraid to experience: Auschwitz.

Despite Vladek and Anja's best efforts to hide in attics, or with relatives, or to pose as non-Jewish people in the streets, they are finally sent to Auschwitz when they pay a cowardly bastard acquaintance to smuggle them into Hungary, who only t
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Krazykiwi
Most anything I could say about this has already been said, and more eloquently than I could manage. It's powerful stuff, not just Vladek's story itself, but the poignant depiction of the relationship between Art and Vladek.

Art bares his soul complete with his survivor guilt, embarassment over his father's behaviour as an old man, over his mother, and yet manages to show that troubled as it was, he and his father loved each other as best they could manage.

The art is wonderful, there's so much g
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
This is the continuation of the true story of Vladek Spiegelman's survival as a Jew in WWII Poland.

Most of what I wrote in my review of Maus I still stands, but there’s a bit more of the author’s feelings included. You can see the catharsis he’s going through as he writes this novel. He’s painfully honest about the conflicting feelings he has toward his father and his mother.

Again, most of Vladek’s survival relied on luck, but I was left in awe of his ingenuity and his talent for survival. But t
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Daniel
“Maus II” is less a sequel to Art Spiegelman's first graphic novel about his father's experiences in the Holocaust, and more a continuation of the saga. (The first book had left off just as Vladek arrived at Auschwitz after years moving from ghetto to ghetto, from hiding place to hiding place. The second book is focused on Vladek's experiences at Auschwitz, and on the time between the end of World War II and Vladek and his wife Anja's move to the United States.) “Maus II” also continues the stor ...more
Casidhe
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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Sarai
Mar 26, 2012 Sarai is currently reading it
So far i just finished chapter one of the Maus, and the chapters are long, but i think it is a good book so far. At first i was a bit confused as to who was the narrator and what the book was going to be about, either about the Houlocaust, or about the narrators life. As i kept on reading i figured it out and im very intrigued to findout more about the narrators father and his experience in the holocaust.

Now that i am already more then half way done i find the book really interesting and i cant
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Elijah
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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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