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Maus (Maus #1-2)

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On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its first publication, here is the definitive edition of the book acclaimed as “the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust” (Wall Street Journal) and “the first masterpiece in comic book history” (The New Yorker).

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish
Published (first published January 1st 1986)
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Philip Swain Hi April,

I would say, based on the subject matter and its presentation, early teens and above. The book deals with an array of human emotions, which…more
Hi April,

I would say, based on the subject matter and its presentation, early teens and above. The book deals with an array of human emotions, which require a mature or maturing mind to comprehend. That being said, Maus is an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with the Holocaust and its perpetrators.

I hope this helps.
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oh my god.


This burrowed it's way deep into my heart. This made me feel so much. This was an experience, not just a "read". This was real and I can't even explain how this affected me because it was the most emotional thing I've ever read. Not made-up emotion. This was REAL and it affected me.

Vladek. He reminded me of my Grandfather, a little. I loved my Grandfather and I loved Vladek. His story, as told to his son Art Spiegelman, was one of the most powerful stories I've ever experienced.

This w
Raeleen Lemay
Jul 17, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, graphicomanga
The art style was a bit distracting at times, but I really enjoyed this!
Wonderful example of the power of a graphic novel!

This is the “Complete” edition of “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” collecting both parts: “My Father Bleeds History” and “And Here My Troubles Began”.


But these damn bugs are eating me alive!

While it took long time of finally reading Maus, I knew that it was a graphic novel referring about the Jew Holocaust, but using mice (Jews) and cats (Nazis) as the characters, and even while I was sure that it will be a crude telling, I didn’t e
Aug 23, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It didn’t dawn on me until later that this brilliant piece of graphic artistry and fiction is actually a very clever allegory. On the face of it, we’re led to believe that it’s a story of the terrible suffering perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews in Poland and throughout Europe. But if you scratch beneath the surface, I think you’ll find that this particular holocaust story was made to symbolize something more pervasive and endemic. I speak of the horrific violence that persists to this da ...more
Jan 06, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Shelves: non-fiction
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Nina Rapsodia
Jan 17, 2016 Nina Rapsodia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Reseñar Maus supone una de las experiencias más gratificantes de mi vida porque es el segundo libro en 2015 al que le doy la nota máxima. Pues verán, desde hace muchos años siempre he sentido profunda fascinación por los temas históricos y sobre todo en torno a la segunda guerra mundial. Es un tema recurrente en mis lecturas y siempre me gusta aprender cosas nuevas sobre esta época terrible de la humanidad. Así que cuando conocí esta obra sabía que debía leerla en algún punto de mi vida y gracia ...more
The Complete Maus
Art Spiegelman

Probably the most informative and intimate journal of the holocaust I have ever read.

Maus is really two parallel stories, not one. It jumps back and forth between the two stories, one set in the past (Poland), the other set in the present (NYC).

Story 1: 1940’s Poland: Vladek Spiegelman tells how he survived the holocaust as a Polish-Jew. From the invasion, to the spread of Naziam, to his time in Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp as a tin worker at the gas cha
Kat Kennedy
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Jun 16, 2010 Praj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where should I commence to appraise this book? Must I begin from the detail that MAUS is a gratifying story of Vladek and Art OR that it is a sheer enlightenment through simplicity?

Art Spiegelman in this astounding graphic novel reveals a fractured father-son relationship whilst focusing on the perils of the Holocaust. The story is set in Rego Park, NY where Art Spiegelman, a cartoonist tries to verbalize and grasp with his father and the Holocaust.

Written over a period of thirteen years, MAUS
Books I read rarely affect my emotions when I'm not reading it. A book can pull me every which way, make me feel horrified or saddened or joyful, but when I put it down, I'm in the same mood I was before I started reading it. Only occasionally can a book get under my skin, and Maus is one of them. I was actually happy to finish it, because I didn't like the way it was making me feel: anxious, upset, unhappy. And I've read Holocaust stuff before. It's not new. Something about the way Spiegelman c ...more
Sep 10, 2008 Kirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was our second book in the local library's discussion of Jewish graphic novels. It is, of course, the most famous and most celebrated exemplar of the genre (if you don't count the superhero stuff). What is amazing about the book is the emotional resonance Spiegelman manages to pack into his panels. In telling the story of his father's experience in the Holocaust, the author refuses to sentimentalize or pander. The most striking innovation is the use of mice for Jews, an appropriation of the ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Arnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
If this book hadn’t been a selection for my book club in January, I would never have picked it up. Not because I’m a snob about graphic novels—I think they are legitimate form of literature and very enjoyable to boot. But I might have avoided Maus because of the subject matter—I haven’t read very much about the holocaust and that is by choice. I guess I’m a chicken, but I hate exploring just how terribly we can treat one another. I haven’t yet read Romeo Dallaire’s book about the Rwandan genocid ...more
Feb 09, 2015 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE COMPLETE MAUS is, to date, the hardest, most emotionally draining novel I have read in my adult life. It was a heart-wrenching, but really necessary read for me, and I’m proud of myself for deciding to read something so far outside my comfort zone (I tend to shy away from both history and memoir/true story novels).

The book is a story within a story. Art shows himself interviewing his father, Vladek, and his time spent with his father for part of this book, and the rest of the story is Vladek
Sep 27, 2014 Hershey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Such a poignant book. My heart feels heavy and it hurts.

Maus, I don't know what to say about this book. I don't want to think about those people in this book. It's just too painful. We waste so much in life. We take things for granted. And we always realize the importance of these things once they're gone forever. But what's the point in realizing its value once it's gone? This is what Maus taught me. Ah, it hurts. I can't review this book. Simply cannot. But I'm obviously going to try.

Maus is a
This was an amazing read.

This was so good. I've known about it for a long time but somehow never sought it out. Maybe it was a bias against graphic novels? Not sure. I'm so glad I finally read it. This is a picture of human strength and frailty, humane and savage behavior, done in a novel way that seems to make it even more immediate and real.
Oct 02, 2015 Filipa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Será que quer dizer alguma coisa sobre a minha pessoa o facto de adorar livros sobre o Holocausto?

Já li alguns livros sobre o Holocausto e segunda guerra mundial. São sempre livros que adoro e ainda mais quando são histórias a relatar acontecimentos que realmente aconteceram.
Penso que o primeiro de todos foi "O diário de Anne Frank" que li... e reli... e reli... e reli...

Desde aí que de vez em quando, gosto de dar um pulo para dentro de histórias do género.
O último livro fenomenal que li do tema
Aug 29, 2015 Leonel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No se como reseñar este libro, siempre es mas fácil escribir sobre libros malos que sobre obras tan espectaculares como ésta. Es crudo, escalofriante, aterrador, adictivo y, sin embargo, por momentos nos permite relajar con un poco de humor después de tanto machaque cerebral. Nunca leo novelas gráficas, hasta ahora lo único que leí aparte de Maus fue El Eternauta que me pareció otra maravilla, quizás tuve suerte. Todo lo que eligió Spiegelman para escribirlo estuvo bien. El formato cómic, los di ...more
Aug 12, 2008 Fragileindustries rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone (over 14)
I finally read this, in two separate editions, and now they are on my shelf of classic favorites that have moved me profoundly and changed me fundamentally.

After historical study, movies (Schindler's List et al) and novels (Sophie's Choice etc.), I felt I had had enough of Holocaust stories. I would never forget, as goes the dictum, but these tales were too unnerving and painful to read. What more could I learn?

The difference with Maus is not only the graphic novel format (although this does mak
Alexander Ayala
Historias como estas, que solo buscan contar algo que sucedió y terminan marcando y gustando demasiado.
"A narrativa mais comovente e eficaz alguma vez escrita sobre o Holocausto."
- The Wall Street Journal

Através de desenhos - em que as personagens são animais - o autor conta a história do seu pai desde a juventude até à sua deportação para Aushwitz.

Li cerca de cem páginas, em trezentas, e custou-me tanto!
Como tanto me custa escrever uma opinião honesta sobre o que li.
O tema do Holocausto nazi perturba-me, comove-me, revolta-me, assusta-me... e por isso gostava tanto de gostar deste livro! Mas nã
Barry Pierce
I really, really loved this. It's a fascinating and fresh portrayal of a (yet another) victim's experience of the Holocaust. I loved the meta aspect of this as well, the actual presentation of how the novel was written is fascinating.

However, my one criticism is that I feel Spiegelman didn't use the whole mice and cats metaphor as well as he could. This novel would have had the exact same impact and tone if he just drew everyone as humans. I feel like the anthropomorphism was... pointless. Ther
Dylan Williams
This graphic novel was great, really, really, really, really great! The story although unique, is exactly what you would expect from a holocaust story - It's heart breaking and extremely sad.

My favourite part of these books was the way it jumped between past and present to not only show how things were before and during the war, but also how it has effected the lives of the characters in post-war america. On top of that I also loved how confronting a lot of the graphics were. This story is unapo
Jul 26, 2014 Ananthu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the risk of sounding preposterous, here's what I scrawled after I turned the last page:

Frightfully gutted to say anything.
I yield; I can only leave silence in my wake, for I find no words to wrest out of me. But, but, wait, wait.....Powerful? Poignant? Heart wrenching? Devastating? Or, or... I don't know! I don't know! Just...just read it goddamitt!

Art Spiegelman’s parents wanted him to be a dentist. I’m sure that would have provided him with a much more stable income but he wouldn’t have won a Pulitzer Prize.
Or created one of the most innovative and emotional pieces of literature I have read for a long time.

Maus was first published in the magazine Raw which he and his wife started in 1980. It tells the story of Spiegelman’s father, Vladek, and his life as a Jew in Poland before and during the Second World War. The concept behind the novel
Poet Gentleness
Sep 10, 2015 Poet Gentleness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE above 14, graphic novels' lovers and those interested in Holocaust memoirs
Recommended to Poet Gentleness by: Lilo
In honor of those who have perished and suffered in WWII.

It hurts to write a review about MAUS, it closes the throat and brings tears to the eyes, but it doesn't freeze the fingers, so reviewed it must be.

MAUS is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. So brilliant, I'd say any review is not worth of it.

It's not what one would expect from a graphic novel. It's not an easy read as all those which recount the Holocaust.
This is not a book, not a story, not even a graphic novel. With a silent dialogue
This year marks the 25th anniversary of "Maus, A Survivor's Tale," by Art Spiegelman. Originally published in two volumes, the first completed in 1986, and the second in 1991, "Maus" was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 1992. The Pulitzer Committee frankly stated they found the work difficult to classify. "Maus" remains the only comic strip to be so honored.

Naturally, simply referring to "Maus" as a comic strip or comic book raises the hackles of those who find the term graphic novel more app
Two genres I thought I was completely finished with -- holocaust books, and graphic novels (although technically this was probably more of a memoir).

This is up there with Night and several other powerful Holocaust books I read that actually impacted me, back when I wasn't yet too jaded for the genre. I think it helped that it wasn't just another Holocaust narrative -- it was equally the story of Art Spiegelman's quirky, cantankerous father and Art's complicated relationship with him. And the pic
No matter how much holocaust literature you have read before, no matter how repetitiousness might be those narratives, everytime you come across another one, you flinch with shock and horror to discover to what depth human in-sensitiveness can fall.
There can never be enough about holocaust. Even if you capture every survivour's memory in the form of books, movies and documentaries, gather every piece of shoes or spectacles that have been left unburnt and put them in museums, restore every part o
4.5 stars - Spoilers

Loved it. I think I learnt more about the Holocaust from Maus than I did at school.

-The illustrations were nothing brilliant, they were simple black and white drawings — though that suited the tone of the story.

-At first I wasn't impressed with Spiegelman using animals to represent different religions and nationalities, it seemed a bit insulting and demeaning to Spiegelman's dad and other Holocaust survivors. By the end, I thought it was a great way to characterise everyone.
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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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  • Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
  • Maus II : And Here My Troubles Began (Maus, #2)

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