Spiegelman, a stalwart of the underground comics scene of the 1960s and '70s, interviewed his father, Vladek, a Holocaust survivor living outside New York City, about his experiences. The artist then deftly translated that story into a graphic novel. By portraying a true story of the Holocaust in comic form--the Jews are mice, the Germans cats, the Poles pigs, the French frogs, and the Americans dogs--Spiegelman compels the reader to imagine the action, to fill in the blanks that are so often shied away from. Reading Maus, you are forced to examine the Holocaust anew.
This is neither easy nor pleasant. However, Vladek Spiegelman and his wife Anna are resourceful heroes, and enough acts of kindness and decency appear in the tale to spur the reader onward (we also know that the protagonists survive, else reading would be too painful). This first volume introduces Vladek as a happy young man on the make in pre-war Poland. With outside events growing ever more ominous, we watch his marriage to Anna, his enlistment in the Polish army after the outbreak of hostilities, his and Anna's life in the ghetto, and then their flight into hiding as the Final Solution is put into effect. The ending is stark and terrible, but the worst is yet to come--in the second volume of this Pulitzer Prize-winning set. --Michael Gerber
This is the book my daughter needed for a high school class, and I then read it as well.
Those stories need to be added to ones like Maus to show that these things can, and will, happen if we don't take steps to stop them.
Art Spiegelman tells his father's story of being forced into Concentration Camps during the Holocaust.
Not exactly PC but a highly moving personal story about the Holocaust in a graphic novel format.Published 13 days ago by Osbert Ponder
I originally read this in college, have read it several times since, and bought this copy for my teenage son. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Vana
The award winning tale of a son's discovery of his father's past extraordinary life. Told through the eyes of cartoon mice that represent Jews, we follow Vladek Spiegalman's during... Read morePublished 22 days ago by David A Villarreal
How do you interest 6 graders in the Holocaust? Yep, a little heavy for 11/12 year old kids but they can skip pages, put the book away and start again after they have spoken to an... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Bama Boy
Vladek, a Polish Jew, was just starting out in life. He had a wife and a son, and his father-in-law had helped to set him up with a factory that was gaining success and making... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Luciano
A truly iconic text, Maus is rapt and relevant, irreverent and bitingly accurate, continually refreshed for each new generation of readers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Adams
After hearing only amazing reviews, I finally decided to pick up Maus I. This is only my second graphic memoir, and I'm still new to comics in general, so I don't have much to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Crystal S.