Maus, II: 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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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...more
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.
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...more
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
“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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Jul 15, 2014 Ariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own

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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
“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
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...more
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Terminé Maus con lágrimas en ambos libros. Se trata de la historia de Vladek, quien perdió a casi toda su familia en aquella cruel época de puras injusticias: el Holocausto. Allí, era cuestión de servir o morir. Lo que destaco de él es que, aún diciéndose que podía morir en cualquier momento, siempre intentaba sobrevivir día a día, ya sea reservando comida, trabajando a duras penas, siendo hábil y astuto con los intercambios de comida. Es verdad que quien vive no es más fuerte que el que murió,...more
Thinking about the title "And Here My Troubles Began" makes me afraid, because this is the second volume of a two-part work. Having read the achingly sad first part, seeing what a horrible time Vladek had before he was captured by the Nazis, I was scared to see what happened when his troubles began. Unfortunately for Vladek and his family, the title is apt.

This is a humble, heartfelt story of a man's experience in concentration camps at the end of world war two, as told by his son. As we see the...more
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.
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 few among contemporary novels found today. Its revolutionary conceptual basi...more
Kelsey Hanson
This follow up is just as good as the first and for many of the same reasons. It offers an intense look at the Holocaust and the aftermath that it has on the author's father and family. This one is a bit darker than the previous novel largely because it focuses on Auschwitz and actually takes you inside the concentration camp. It isn't particularly graphic in the images but his descriptions of gas chambers and crematoriums are pretty gruesome even if they are just diagrams. This review is going...more
Having read “Maus 1” without gaining a very strong impression from it, I expected “Maus 2” merely to continue where part one breaks off; I felt like finishing a task I had begun. “Maus 2” proved me very wrong in my indifference towards it.

The sequel clearly had to be visually dissatisfying like the first part and the creative methods I perceived as strange and incomprehensible remained the same. Though by now I knew what to expect and had come to terms with it. Still, few pages into the story it...more
Yes Yessenheimer
Maus II is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Art Spiegelman. The book itself is the story of Vladek Spiegelman, Art’s father, and his story of his experiences as a Jew during the Holocaust. It does not only tell Vladek’s story, but it also transitions between the past and present, and shows Art and Vladek living as normal people in the present day. Maus II starts off right where Maus left off, with Vladek being taken to the most infamous of the Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz. Then,...more
This was a powerful, compelling book about a time in our recent history that cannot be forgotten lest it is repeated. I highly recommend everyone reads it.
A must-read memoir of the Holocaust, but be sure to read Vol. 1 first.
Heartbreaking and endearing.
I really enjoy these books. I was looking at my review of volume I and saw that I wrote I wanted to teach it, which is funny because I read volume II because I will be teaching them in March to the 8th graders for their reader's workshop. Yay! Anyway,volume II is just as good as the first. I really enjoyed the portions about Spiegelman himself and the fame he received after the publication of the first volume. I just love how he writes the book but writing about writing the book. It's fascinatin...more
Christopher Rush
And so it goes. As much of a fan of Umberto Eco as I am, I doubted his fly-leaf quotation until the last page. Eco says once the story is over we would be sorry to leave the characters and their world: "how could we possibly be sorry to leave this world?" I wondered throughout parts 1 and 2. And then came the final page. "Too soon!" we think, despite our early doubts. But it isn't. Spiegelman did exactly what he needed to do (perhaps all he could do). As with part 1, Spiegelman asks all the ques...more
A mother wrote to her son fighting in Europe during World War II and admonished him as always to "be careful". The son and the rest of his fellow soldiers knew that how careful you were or how smart or how fast or how brave you were didn't matter. Life was preserved by inches and seconds. It seemed completely random to them who was killed and who survived. Spiegelman's shrink mentions this as well, this randomness of who survived the death camps and who didn't: "You think it's admirable to survi...more
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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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