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The Complete Maus Hardcover – November 19, 1996
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“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.”
From the Back Cover
It is the story of Vladek Speigelman, 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. 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.
Top customer reviews
When I was considering purchasing it, I looked at the number of pages that were listed for the edition and guessed that it included both parts of the story. So I bought it, it arrived fine, and I am now writing to confirm that yes, this edition includes I and II.
Amazon should look into this and remove the "(No 1)" from the listing's title.
What the author Art Spiegelman has done in his Pulitzer winning graphic novel is to convey to us the life and time of what it was to live as a Jew in Nazi Germany. This book describes the travails of Valdek Spiegelman as to how he lived in Poland under the terror of Nazi rule.
In this graphic depiction of living the terror of Nazi rule in Eastern Europe we see the ever increasing pressure of Nazism extinguishing the Jewish culture. Spiegelman depicts the Jewish population as being of the mice population and the Nazi's as the depiction of cats.
This story tells of the horrors and deprivations endured by the Jewish community. Suffering the increased pograms that deprived the Jews of a normal life, we see the mistreatment to the Jewish population. Spiegelman also interweaves the thoughts and life of Vladek Speigelman as a rather older man recollecting the events of the Holocaust of Eastern Europe in the 1940's.
Vladek as an older man trying to make his way in living the life of a senior American citizen in Rego Park Queens, NY tries to put his experiences of the Holocaust behind him. He is rather unsuccessful in doing this. His son wants to get the full story of all these past experiences and finds a fearful maze to negotiate in getting a true and full story. This story is both sad and very poignant and its ending is very much anti-climactic!! Spiegelman weaves an excellent graphic novel which begs for an encore. I do believe one is coming to us down the way. Great read!! Well deserving 5 stars!!
Just occasionally you read something that hits all of the right notes and it doesn’t matter if the medium is a comic book. Considering the subject matter I really don’t know how to put what I feel about the book into words it wouldn’t be “fun” “enjoyable” or “a pleasure to read” but I think it is fair to say that the entire story is almost profound and left me both with a feeling of great unease (on account of what happened to the participants) and fulfillment upon reflection of what an interesting tribute the effort as a whole is