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Maus, II by Art Spiegelman
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Jun 13, 12

bookshelves: 2012, graphic-novels
Read on June 12, 2012

Maus II somewhat picks up where Maus I left off, detailing Vladek's, Spiegelman's father, time in Auschwitz. From his capture to the end of the war we're shown Vladek's intelligence, resourcefulness, and how he protected thoe who could, most especially his wife Anja. But so much more than that occurs in this novel. Aside from Vladek's story, we see more and more of Spiegelman's. Throughout we're shown how writing this graphic novel affects him and the relationships he has with the people around him, as well as his difficulty in reconciling his image of Vladek - from the miserly man he's always known to the man his father once was.

This second book is heartwrenchingly beautiful and incredibly intense. I read the entire thing in one sitting and all I can say is I suggest, recommend, and hope you do the same. Here Spiegelman shows us the good in people, and that nobody is truly a good person - everyone's just doing their best to get by.

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