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Maus II by Art Spiegelman
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Jan 24, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, graphic-novels, historical-fiction, memoir
Read in January, 2009

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 becomes a person in flesh (one that cannot forget, in a way similar to the main character of Elie Wiesel's Night).

Five stars and a must read.
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10.29% "...after maus i, i couldn't wait to read this..."
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100% "...wow..."

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