The Complete Maus (Maus #1-2) by Art Spiegelman



The Story

“No, darling! To die it’s easy… But you have to struggle for life!”

Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.

My Thoughts

★★★★ 5/5 STARS!

I can’t believe that this comic was first published in the 1970s, and this is the first time I’ve heard about it. I say comic too, because the art is not as detailed as a graphic novel. If you’re picky about the art aspect of graphic novels, then this book may not be for you.

Yet, what a great story. The message was so powerful. I thought I knew a lot about the Holocaust, but this comic honestly gave me a new perspective.
I caught myself gasping at times, because of all the unbelievable stories I read. And I would think to myself: “How could anyone brainwash an entire country into WANTING to kill Jews?” I want to punch some Nazis in the face now.

I think the element of the animalistic symbolism was also very powerful. It worked well with the idea that the Nazis were the ever-chasing cats and the mice were the ever-running Jews. Animals that are already conceived to have a relationship of prey and predator.

If you’re a lover of history and want to know more about the Holocaust, and in a different format, this book will shed some light!

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