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
For those who don't actually know about Maus, this will change your perspective on graphic novels and metafiction. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Gina D.
I want to thank my son teacher for giving him other options for the summer reading...Published 11 days ago by Kathy Smiley
Strong and emotional. One of the very best portrayals of real life during WW2Published 16 days ago by Tom C.
One of the best novels I've ever read, let alone graphic novels. Storytelling is superb.Published 28 days ago by Ron M.
Interesting book. Would recommend it for a person who has trouble reading books with lots of words! Condition of the book was perfect too!!Published 1 month ago by Diah Broady
I have heard quite a bit about Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History throughout the years I have been following booktube channels and book blogs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mamelotti