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Maus I & II Paperback Boxed Set Paperback – Oct 19 1993
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“The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust.”
—The Wall Street Journal
"The first masterpiece in comic book history.”
—The New Yorker
“A loving documentary and brutal fable, a mix of compassion and stoicism [that] sums up the experience of the Holocaust with as much power and as little pretension as any other work I can think of.”
—The New Republic
“A quiet triumph, moving and simple—impossible to describe accurately, and impossible to achieve in any medium but comics.”
—The Washington Post
“Spiegelman has turned the exuberant fantasy of comics inside out by giving us the most incredible fantasy in comics’ history: something that actually occurred . . . The central relationship is not that of cat and mouse, but that of Art and Vladek. Maus is terrifying not for its brutality, but for its tenderness and guilt.”
—The New Yorker
“All too infrequently, a book comes along that’s as daring as it is acclaimed. Art Spiegelman’s Maus is just such a book.”
“An epic story told in tiny pictures.”
—The New York Times
“A remarkable work, awesome in its conception and execution . . . at one and the same time a novel, a documentary, a memoir, and a comic book. Brilliant, just brilliant.”
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Volumes I & II in paperback of this 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.See all Product Description
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Through the seemingly absurd decision to use animals in place of people - Jews are mice, for instance, while Nazis are cats - Spiegelman manages to avoid coming across as heavy-handed, exploitative and melodramatic. The reader never feels that they are reading an educational tome with badly drawn people better suited for school than compelling entertainment. Instead, through the use of universal cartoon imagery, the emotional tug of the story is successfully conveyed.
Two threads are woven throughout. The first deals with the Holocaust directly, from the years before Jews were taken to the camps and then to release. The second thread deals with Spiegelman's relationship with his father many years later, and that relationship's ups and downs as the author tries to get the oral history he needs to tell the tale of "Maus." All of the pain, confusion, death, turmoil and horror of the Holocaust comes home, as does the autobiographical tale interwoven throughout of the author's relationship with his father - who is also the central figure of Holocaust survival.
Modern editions of this book ("Maus" was originally published in serial form) are generally produced very well. The two-book slipcase offered here is sturdy and attractive to look at. The pages are printed on thick, glossy stock. The black and white artwork really shines, every stroke visible and vibrant. Mine has been read multiple times and still looks great.
"Maus" is compelling reading that requires no great love of comics to enjoy. History lovers, those interested in the Holocaust, and people who like stories about family struggles will enjoy this. Readers will quickly forget they are reading a comic, instead becoming wrapped up in the story Spiegelman has to tell. A highly recommended buy.
I've read Maus I and II several times since then, and each time it surprises me with its understated power. It's an almost magical combination of words and images that coalesce into two--almost three--parallel stories: that of Vladek Spiegelman's survival and eventual liberation from Auschwitz, and his relationship with his beloved, slightly unstable wife Anja, who committed suicide after the war; and that of the progress of Vladek's relationship with his grown son Art, the author of these books. By recreating his parents' world, before and during the Holocaust, Art Spiegelman attempts to understand how those experiences shaped his father, and tries to come to terms with his own frustration in dealing with Vladek now, a stubborn, bitter, ultimately fragile old man.
Spiegelman's cartoon images are brutal--not, for the most part, because they're horrifically graphic, but because the angular line drawings, the opaque shadows, and the humanoid animals lend a creepy surrealism to the stories.Read more ›
I love reading stories about History, or any historical fiction really. I’ve always taken a particular liking in reading about World War II and that’s the main reason I decided to pick up this graphic novel. I have to say that I really enjoyed it.
The two main Characters are Art and Vladek. Art is trying to understand his father better by writing a graphic novel on how he survived the Holocaust. They both have a difficult relationship and Art believes one of the reason why that would be is because of the way the war affected his father. I loved reading about their interactions and witnessing how Art was slowly getting to know his father better as he narrates his story.
The story is written on two time-lines. First, we have panels about Art and his father Vladek talking about the war and trying to establish a relationship and there also are other panels where the reader can read about Vladek trying to survive the war. I loved that I could see these two perspectives.
The panels are totally in black and white. I really liked this because I think it adds more power to the heavy themes the story conveys. Also, the characters are represented under the forms of animals: Jews are mice, Germans are cat, Americans are dogs, etc. I think this concept was really original.
For someone that does not read a great amount of graphic novels, I really enjoyed this one and I am giving four stars to both volumes. I recommend this book to anyone that wants to read more about history or would like to get more into graphic novels :)
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Heartbreakingly good read. The story of the writer and his father is both uncomfortable and genuinely upsetting at the same time. A must read.Published 18 months ago by Simon Shead
I enjoyed this graphic novel and the service that came along with my order!Published 19 months ago by Michael Perry
A fascinating tale about the holocaust written from the son of a holocaust survivor.
The story is well written with animal characters uniquely representing ethnic cultures and... Read more
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