Julia Callahan, February 8, 2008 (view all comments by Julia Callahan)
The follow up to the ever amazing and re-readable Maus, this book is about the contrast between how dark humanity can be and how hopeful it can be. An amazing tale of Holocaust survival, perhaps the best piece of writing on the subject to date. It's well worth purchase and constant perusal.
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venusinfauxfurz, January 22, 2008 (view all comments by venusinfauxfurz)
A beautiful and profound work of art. Spiegelman struggles not only with his guilt for living a life much less challenging than his father's, a Holocaust survivor, but also, in this second book, with how he deals with becoming a commercial success through his father's suffering.
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by The New York Times,
"One of the most powerful and original memoirs to come along in recent years."
by The Boston Globe,
"In part two of Maus, Art Spiegelman finishes his masterpiece....You can't help witnessing — even feeling — the act of private pain being transformed into lasting truth."
by The Wall Street Journal,
"The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust."
by New York Times Books of the Century,
"The reader...develops insights that are beyond the capacity of the characters; that is a mark of Mr. Spiegelman's mastery of narrative."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[W]ill forever alter the way serious readers think of graphic narratives....Full of hard-earned humor and pathos, Maus (I and II) takes your breath away with its stunning visual style, reminding us that while we can never forget the Holocaust, we may need new ways to remember."
by The San Francisco Examiner,
"The power of Spiegelman's story lies in the fine detail of the story and the fact that it is related in comic-strip form."
by Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose,
"Maus is a book that cannot be put down, truly, even to sleep. When two of the mice speak of love, you are moved; when they suffer, you weep. Slowly through this little tale comprised of suffering, humor, and life's daily trials, you are captivated by the language of an old Eastern European family, and drawn into the gentle and mesmerizing rhythm, and when you finish Maus, you are unhappy to have left that magical world..."
***WINNER OF THE 1992 PULIZTER PRIZE***
Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spiegelman's Mausintroduced readers to Vladek Spieglman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father's terrifying story, and History itself. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), succeeds perfectly in shocking us out of any lingering sense of familiarity with the events described, approaching, as it does, the unspeakable through the diminutive.
This second volume, subtitled And Here My Troubles Began, moves us from the barracks of Auschwitz to the bungalows of the Catskills. Genuinely tragic and comic by turns, it attains a complexity of theme and a precision of thought new to comics and rare in any medium. Mausties together two powerful stories: Vladek's harrowing take of survival against all odds, delineating the paradox of family life in the death camps, and the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. At every level this is the ultimate survivor's tale—and that too of the children who somehow survive even the survivors.
A boxed edition of the two paperback volumed of this 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.
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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