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
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 6 days 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 12 days ago by mamelotti
My son had to read this and another Maus book for a college class, and said that they were two of the best books he had read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Denise Ragsdale
Not exactly PC but a highly moving personal story about the Holocaust in a graphic novel format.Published 2 months 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 2 months ago by Vana