Maus I

A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History
Spiegelman, Art (Paperback - 1992)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Maus I
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A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.
Authors: Spiegelman, Art
Title: Maus I
a survivor's tale : my father bleeds history
Published: New York : Pantheon Books, 1992, c1986.
Characteristics: 159 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,23 cm.
Notes: Previously published as: Maus.
Local Note: 1
Additional Contributors: Spiegelman, Art (Maus.)
ISBN: 9780394747231
Branch Call Number: GN MAU
Statement of Responsibility: Art Spiegelman
Subject Headings: Children of Holocaust survivors United States Biography Comic books, strips, etc. Spiegelman, Art Comic books, strips, etc. Holocaust survivors United States Biography Comic books, strips, etc. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Poland Biography Comic books, strips, etc. Spiegelman, Vladek Comic books, strips, etc.
Topical Term: Children of Holocaust survivors
Holocaust survivors
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
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The earliest I can return Maus is on Wednesday, August 13th. I apologize. I'm out of town and will immediately bring back the book upon my return.

Mar 11, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I feel like I'll need to re-read The Complete Maus a few times to fully appreciate it. As a straightforward description, Art Spielgelman's story is his own father's story of surviving the Holocaust. Though good stories are never that simple. Some moments are heartbreaking; some are deadpan funny. And still others are strangely disquieting, like for example the author trying to figure out how to say what he wants to say while he's saying it to the reader. (Art Spielgelman is, after all, a character in Maus and is more or less the hinge of the whole tale as he gathers his father's recollections.) Another factor that contributes to the book's brilliance and certainly to its unconventionality is the use of animals to portray the different races, e.g. Jews as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs. This changes the conversation on racism some though I think it was a nice touch given the medium.

I recommend that any fan of graphic novels have a look at this one. But have patience. It may be slow going before Maus really connects.

Nov 18, 2013
  • kwehner1987 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was the first graphic novel that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. I am interested in the history of the Holocaust and this puts a really unique spin on it. Very intense and touching for a story that is told using animated mice!


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