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

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Now in paperback, "the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust" (Wall Street Journal). "The power of Spiegelman's story lies in the fine detail of the story and the fact that it is related in comic-strip form"
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published 1991)
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Matthew Smith I don't think that research is necessary. Maus II is more of a biography than a historical text. You don't need too much background information.
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Sep 07, 2015 Maxwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2014 Arnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
Krista Wright
Dec 23, 2015 Krista Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 (HailsHeartsNyc)
*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.
Felisberto Barros
Nov 20, 2013 Felisberto Barros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 16, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 18, 2015 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Clif Hostetler
Oct 04, 2012 Clif Hostetler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
“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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 31, 2015 Scarlet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-15
"¡Cuántos libros se han escrito sobre el Holocausto!¿Para qué? La gente no cambio...Quizá necesite otro Holocausto más grande"

Esta segunda parte es más cruda y conmovedora, tenemos a Vladek en Auschwitz donde sufre toda clase de riesgos pero al mismo tiempo tiene la suerte de su lado lo que le permite sobrevivir.

No me adentrare mucho en todas las cosas que sufrió Vladek porque mis palabras denigrarían esta historia, pero sólo diré que la manera en que esta contada y las imágenes que se muestra
Jbb Lim
Apr 14, 2015 Jbb Lim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2015 Casidhe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
It was great, of course.
Fast-paced, gripping. The medium allowed the "now" and the "then" to intertwine seamlessly.
Feb 14, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 17, 2016 Emi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still an amazing read. I really liked the biginning of this part, because Art shows how the story affects him. He feels small, incapable of try to explain what his parents lived in Auschwitz. This story is a struggle to him, and again, I think that the gritty way that everything is shown is the best way that it could be told. Just the words of his father translated in drawings, harsh and dark as they are. Because trying to understand, trying to walk in his father's shoes is impossible. Not even ...more
Thomas Edmund
Jan 20, 2015 Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2016 Marianthi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everybody needs to read this.
Dec 27, 2015 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
part two /

We didn't actually have to read the second part in my class, but I went out & got it anyway. I really think it's very informative in such an original way, and even though it is a very depressing topic there was still moments then me laugh.

Art's relationship with his father was definitely complex and they suffered a lot, but Art still made light of some of their issues and that was what kept the book from being overly depressing.

This was just as good as the first part.

The story continues to be fascinating, the art continues to fit it perfectly, the method of storytelling is prefect. Vladek's story of the Holocaust broke my heart and the father-son relationship broke my heart.

Maus is overall an important read, something I think everyone should read.
Oct 27, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't even count the number of books I've read about the Holocaust, and I've visited Auschwitz, so I don't think I am new to the horrors inflicted on the Jews. But reading this book still made me shocked by the brutality and terror inflicted on these victims. What a sad episode of human history.
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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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