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Maus: A Survivor's Tale (original 1980; edition 2003)

by Art Spiegelman

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Title:Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Authors:Art Spiegelman
Info:Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (2003), Paperback, 296 pages
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Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman (1980)

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I don't generally read graphic novels, but a fellow reader of the 1,001 Books to Read Before You Die recommended reading Art Spiegelman's "Maus: A Survivor's Tale" after I finish (and enjoyed) reading "Watchmen." I'm so very glad for the recommendation because "Maus" was just wonderful.

Spiegelman is telling the story of his father here, a Polish Jew who was interred in Auschwitz during World War II. This volume shows the hustle that allowed Vladek to survive the war's early years and the terror that he felt as his friends, neighbors and even family were hauled off to concentration camps. His fathers and the other Jewish men and women are depicted as mice while their captors and tormentors are depicted as cats.

Spiegelman's portrait of his father his powerful -- his father's character is evident after just a few panels and I could hear Vladek's voice in my head. I read this in a day, but it will stick with me much longer.... I will definitely be reading the second volume, which continues the story from his father's arrival at Auschwitz. ( )
  amerynth | Jul 15, 2016 |
An anthropomorphic take of a holocaust survivors account told through the narrative of the survivors son. They are mice, the nazis are cats. This is a wonderful graphic novel and makes the atrocities suffered by the Jews at the hands of the nazis at the very least approachable, in that it is able to remove itself from the actual historical event in the way of looking at it from the perspective of another world. ( )
  Davis22 | Jun 6, 2016 |
This is the story of Art but really it is his father's story. Art goes to his fathers house to record his story as he is planning to write a book about it. His grandfather Vladek was a part of the holocaust. The book goes through Vladek's experiences during the holocaust including becoming a Polish solider, leaving his son and wife (who had post pardum depression), being sent to Auschwitz, then being sent to Dachau, getting typhus fever, escaping execution, he then reunites with his wife, and they move to the US finally having Art. During the entire story Art and his father also have discussions that are obviously fueled by anger over the death of Arts mother.
  Ivary | Jun 6, 2016 |
Spiegelman's graphic novel depicts the interviews of his father who was a Polish Jew and survivor of the Holocaust. Much of the plot line describes Spiegelman's strained relationship with his father, Vladek, and the author's longing to know about his mother who committed suicide when she was twenty years old. The plot timeline alternates between the present and the past which immerses the reader into the struggle of Art to relate to his father and the past whose horror keeps Vladek from telling Art the family's history. In this sense, the reader can identify with Art who seeks to know himself. The novel speaks to father and son relationships and can be paired with "The Death of a Salesman" or "Fences." The novel is useful in studying literary devices such as metaphor, particularly, the representation of the Jews as mice and the Germans as cats. Other themes to discuss are racism, the effect of guilt, and the value of memories. The style of the images in the novel are also a primary source for examining the impression of visual text on the reader. Spiegleman specifically designed Maus to appear to be a diary and the style can be contrasted with the more comic book style used in "The Fade Out."
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  sgemmell | Apr 22, 2016 |
A graphic novel, winner of the Pulitzer in 1992. Story of the author's father Vladek, a Jewish survivor. A novel you cannot put down. Different than other holocaust stories. ( )
  Kristelh | Apr 4, 2016 |
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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 survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in “drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust” (The New York Times).

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek’s harrowing story of survival is woven into the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. This astonishing retelling of our century’s grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek but of the children who survive even the survivors. Maus studies the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.

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This book memorializes Spiegelman's father's experience of the Holocaust - it follows his story, frame by frame, from youth and marriage in pre-war Poland to imprisonment in Auschwitz. The 'survivor's tale' that results is stark and unembellished.

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