Maus

Maus

A Survivor's Tale

Comic Book - 2003
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Acclaimed as 'the most affective and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust ' ( Wall Street Journal ) and 'the first masterpiece in comic book history' ( New Yorker ), Maus is the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist, coming to terms with his father's story. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. An astonishing retelling of the twentieth-century's grisliest news, Maus studies the bloody paw-prints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2003.
ISBN: 9780141014081
Branch Call Number: YA COMIC
Characteristics: 296 p. : ill. ; 24cm.
Additional Contributors: Spiegelman, Art

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kwsmith
Mar 24, 2017

As a young man, Art interviews his elderly father who slowly recounts his terrifying experiences living in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the second World War. This classic graphic novel features a compelling story and wonderful characters, but I'm not a fan of the slightly jumbled art style.

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maroon_chicken
Jul 06, 2016

An amazing book— beautifully drawn and written.

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Venetia_Kvalic
Jun 23, 2016

For year 12 English

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Cas22
Mar 28, 2015

Graphic novels (i.e. comic-style books) are not a genre I normally read. However, as this book is on the 2015 VCE English reading list and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, I thought I’d give it a go. The artist and author, Art Spiegelman, interviews his father, Vladek, about his experiences as a Polish Jew and victim of the Nazi regime during World War 2. The result is a stark and unsentimental re-telling of the appalling brutality of the Nazis, the immeasurable suffering of their victims, and the courage and determination of people like Vladek to survive. The black and white graphics are grim and confronting particularly as all the characters are given the faces of animals e.g. the Jews are mice and the Germans are cats. However, I’m not sure this device really adds anything to the novel. As well as telling Vladek’s story, the author also gives us glimpses into his relationship with his father as he records and writes this memoir. It is not an easy relationship. In the end I’m very glad I read this book but I can’t say it was an enjoyable experience.

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starwalker
May 22, 2014

This graphic novel is a must-read! A piece of art as well as a lesson on history, intergenerational issues, relationships and trauma.

SCBS31 Jun 13, 2012

Maus is amazing, poignant, and worth buying.

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fmaack
Oct 20, 2011

Really great. Even if you don't ordinarily read graphic novels, you will love this book. This really set a high standard for graphic novels. Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.

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redwallflower
Jul 04, 2011

This is great - a must read!

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jasonkeats
Nov 25, 2010

This book is a fascinating tale. Don't be fooled by the graphic novel format, it really is worth reading.

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SebastianStan
Sep 23, 2010

Great book, creative ! ;) comic form, about the holocaust for anybody interested in world war 2

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Alanreviews
Nov 03, 2017

Alanreviews thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

SCBS31 Jun 13, 2012

SCBS31 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Dr_Inferno
Mar 25, 2012

Dr_Inferno thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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JenMarquis
Aug 14, 2009

JenMarquis thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Alanreviews
Oct 26, 2017

Other: Grotesque imagery.

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Alanreviews
Oct 26, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Can get emotional, funny, angry, sad.

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Alanreviews
Oct 26, 2017

Violence: Hanging, torture, suicides, and killing. It takes place during the holocaust.

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Alanreviews
Jan 27, 2018

Look at what Mala did! Vladek shows 2 open salt cans.

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