Maus, Vol. 2: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus, #2)
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Maus, Vol. 2: 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 1st 1992 by Pantheon Books (first published November 5th 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
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
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
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
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
Jordan Gregory
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Tia Bach
Jan 21, 2011 Tia Bach rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tia by: Damascus book club
I've never read an adult graphic novel, although one of my kids loves the Mangas so I was aware of the appeal of the graphic novel. So I didn't know what to expect when my book club had this on their list. First of all, I ended up reading II without reading I. From what I gathered at my book club, it would have been easier and less harrowing to start with Maus I, so I highly recommend that (it comes in a 2 volume book for easier reading).

This graphic novel is written by Art Spiegelman (he shows...more
Janis C.
Maus II by Art Spiegelman is a compelling and unique graphic novel. Maus II is about how Art’s dad, Vladeck Spiegelman survived the Hilter’s Europe. Hilter’s Europe was a time when a guy named Hilter wanted to be the conqueror of Europe in the 1940’s. Hilter was German and hated Jews. Maus II talks about how badly Jews were treated by the Germans. Maus is not like a typical graphic novel, Maus is in black and white. The Jews are represented as mice and the Germans are represented by cats. That’s...more
Ryan Aday
Maus II, the chilling sequel to Maus I by Art Spiegelman, continues the tragic story of Art’s father, Vladek, as he recalls the struggles of his life in Auschwitz during World War II. Elaborately simplistic pictures depicting Vladek as he was beaten by Nazis, starved by the German soldiers and even his fellow prisoners, and yet had the strength to survive the horrible ordeals of the Holocaust cause the graphic novel to be one of the best Spiegelman has ever composed, making the true events that...more
(Same review given for volumes 1 and 2.)

The most moving work about the Holocaust, and one of the most moving books I've ever read, is a cartoon where the Germans and Jews are drawn, respectively, as anthropomorphic cats and mice. Sounds crazy? It does to me too. But this book is serious, sad, rich in emotion, and above all, human. Art Spiegelman writes about his father, a survivor; the story alternates between his father's reminiscences, mostly in Poland, before and during WWII, and the difficu...more
I'm not such a conoisseur of graphic novels but Spiegelman now has a place in my small pantheon together with Marjane Satrapi, Will Eisner, Gipi, Guy Delisle, Joe Sacco and Aaron McGruder.

Some may criticize this work by him but I do think it's a masterpiece.
The same idea of getting Shoah's personal memories by his dad, talking with him for years and trying to rebuild their father/son relation is Art Spiegelman's greatest worth.
I do not look at this work as a commercial or offensive operation, b...more
Mariana Orantes
Me gustó mucho, ¿qué puedo decir? he leído muchos relatos sobre el holocausto (Kertesz, Primo Levi, Morpurgo...) y la gran vuelta que le da Spiegelman es no contarlo exclusivamente desde Vladek, sino contar la relación de Artie con su padre y con eso envolver la narración. Así causa un distanciamiento y a la vez una enorme empatía e identificación emocional con los personajes. Es decir, se logra una especie de conocimiento profundo a partir de la distancia que nosotros mismos tenemos del holocau...more
In the space of a few years, Art Spiegelman is lauded with critical and commercial praise for the first Maus graphic novel, yet he has not even touched the Concentration Camp portion of his father's story. In fact, he has left off with a sad panel, Art walking away from his father murmuring "... murderer."

The guilt of gaining success over his arguments with his father leaves him in a darker place. While there is no section nearly as graphic as the pull-out "Prisoner on Hell Planet" from the Mau...more
Tom Wiebe

If you were looking for just one book that would give you some sense of the personal impact of the Holocaust on its victims, survivors and their families, this is it. Spiegelman's cartoon version of his father's life before, during and after the Holocaust, of which he was a survivor, provides a more direct, complete and highly visual means of telling the story. Maus draws you close, and with each panel, you feel the emotional impact of this terribly difficult and sad world. This takes nothing aw...more
Liz White
The Maus books will stay with me. My heart breaks for the history and sadness of the character Vladek because he was so real. What drives the story is the weaving thread of past and present, the relationship between father and son and how grief and suffering are never without joy and hope. This is one of the deepest books I've ever read and I can't imagine it as anything except for a graphic novel. The meaning would not be as moving without the incredible drawings. These books are treasures.
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