Review: MAUS I/II by Art Spiegelman

JaneFan from The Bookworm’s Hideout completed the WWII reading challenge by reading Maus I and Maus II by Art Spiegelman.

On Maus I, she says:

Volume one is very emotionally intense, as it deals with the beginning of the Holocaust, and the aftermath of Artie’s mother’s suicide decades later. We see how, during the early days of the holocaust, many Poles “sold out” the Jews, turning them in for the money. Bribes, betrayal, starvation, mercy killings, poison, suicide run rampant in this time.

On Maus II, she says:

Overall, volume two did not seem as compelling and dramatic as book one. The pace was faster, with more jumps from past to present. The wartime portions felt rushed, and the ending was sudden and felt incomplete somehow. I got the impression that Art felt forced to finish the story. There seemed to be less artistry in the words and images. There was some great factual information in volume 2 about the end of the war though.

Read her complete thoughts here.

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Reviews: THE COMPLETE MAUS by Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman, graphic novels about the Holocaust, is a popular selection among WWII reading challenge participants.  Here are excerpts from the latest round of reviews; click the links to read their complete thoughts.

J.T. Oldfield from Bibliofreak says:

Part of what makes this story so  interesting, besides the animals and treating a horribly scary subject with cartoonish delight, making it a sort of comic noir (anime noire?), is the brutal truth Art writes and sketches.  And I don’t mean just the brutal truth of the Holocaust, but the necessary ways of survival in the Holocaust.  Sharing vs. not sharing, helping vs. not helping, friends vs. self, and countless other conflicts come up time and again.

Sumthinblue from Bookmarked! says:

I thought that having read several Holocaust-themed books this year would steel me for the impact of Maus, but I highly doubt anyone can read this book without being stirred. The starkly drawn figures in thick inky strokes are arresting in their simplicity, and the candidness of the tone used throughout the books only underscore the threads of emotion palpable beneath the surface.

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Reviews: MAUS I and MAUS II by Art Spiegelman

maus 1A few participants have posted their thoughts on Art Spiegelman’s graphic novels, Maus I:  A Survivor’s Tale:  My Father Bleeds History and Maus II:  A Survivor’s Tale:  And Here My Troubles Began.  Here are some excerpts [click the links to read their full reviews]:

Becky from Becky’s Book Reviews says this about Maus I:

The book addresses the question of if parents ever really understand their children and/or if children can ever truly understand their parents. Can stressful tensions–ongoing issues and conflicts–ever be resolved peacefully? The drama is just as much about healing as it is the Nazis. And I think that is one of the reasons it’s so powerful, so resonating.

On Maus II, Becky says:

If you thought the first one was heart-felt and moving, wait until you get to this one. Everything is more intense. The sorrows and griefs are even deeper; the actions even more troubling. For here we get to the heart of the story. The darkest place of all.maus ii

Christina from Jackets & Covers says this about Maus I:

This was my first foray into the world of graphic novels, and Maus has impressed me to umpteenth degree. I’ve always had this impression that graphic novels are more comics than novels, but Maus has so many layers and so many intricate details in it (for example, the mice wear masks as they trying to slip by unnoticed). Spiegelman tells the story of his father and mother in a bold and radical way, by taking a medium I thought was for the Sunday funnies to new artistic heights by taking on such a momentous topic as the Holocaust.

On Maus II, Christina says:

And Here My Troubles Began continues to be extremely easy to read, but, like My Father Bleeds History, although the pictures are small and in black and white, they still have an impact on you as the reader.

Finally, Christina from Reading Thru the Night says:

What’s unique about these graphic novels is the type of narration. Spiegelman moves between the past and the present, his relationship with his dad and his dad’s relationship with history. All of this is done seamlessly and evokes strong emotions for all parties involved.


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