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Review: Maus

December 16, 2014


Art Spiegelman had a strained relationship with his father so he didn’t visit him all that often.  He decided he wanted to get to know his father better so he started asking him about his past – about his life with Art’s mother and what they had to go through to survive World War II.  Spiegelman shares his relationship with his father and his parent’s story in his brilliant graphic novel, Maus I: A Survivior’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History.

Spiegelman portrays the Nazis as cats and the Jews as mice as he tells what his parents did to survive as the Nazis began their reign of terror.  The concentration camps were well known and Spiegelman’s parents did what they could to avoid them, all the while living on the edge of danger.  I can’t imagine how it felt to live that way but Spiegelman gives readers an idea of the anxiety they felt –  terrified and alone, not knowing who they could trust.

It’s hard for me to express just how much I loved this book.  It tells such an important story in a unique way.  It’s terrifying, heartbreaking, and compelling.  This is a must read for teens on up!

Maus I is just the first part of the story, though – it’s continued in Maus II: A Survivior’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began, a book I’m anxious to pick up.

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2014 4:04 am

    Survival at a time like that is unimaginable in peacetime but it did happen. Each story is unique

  2. December 16, 2014 6:15 am

    I’ve been aware of this book for a long time but your review has me adding it to my TBR list, Kathy.

  3. Beth F permalink
    December 16, 2014 6:40 am

    I read this one a while back and now I want to read it again. Isn’t it powerful?

  4. December 16, 2014 7:51 am

    This has been on my wish list for a long time… everyone seems to love it!

  5. December 16, 2014 8:52 am

    I agree these are great books, especially for kids!

  6. December 16, 2014 8:55 am

    I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book. It sounds incredible.

  7. December 16, 2014 9:57 am

    Kathy, not only I have never read a graphic novel, I’ve never even thought about reading one. Should I reconsider?

  8. December 16, 2014 10:29 am

    Oh I knew you would love it! Isn’t it amazing?! It is required reading for our Juniors Honors English and I love teaching it! You must get Maus II ASAP!

  9. December 16, 2014 10:50 am

    This does look like a really interesting book!

  10. Heather permalink
    December 16, 2014 11:13 am

    You finally read it!!! I am so glad you loved it. It remains my favorite graphic novel.

  11. December 16, 2014 12:43 pm

    I’ve had this one in my want-to-read list for a long time now. I’ve heard so many good things about it.

  12. December 16, 2014 1:45 pm

    I read both of these and really loved them. Such powerful graphic novels. there is a book, called Meta Maus or something similar, that has background info on the books and interviews with Art. My library has it and I’ve been meaning to check it out!


  13. December 16, 2014 1:46 pm

    I’ve heard really good things about this one. Glad it lived up to the hype for you!

  14. Literary Feline permalink
    December 16, 2014 1:51 pm

    I loved this one too, Kathy.

  15. December 16, 2014 2:20 pm

    Kathy, I’m glad you enjoyed this graphic novel as it is definitely on my list. It really does sound brilliant!

  16. December 16, 2014 4:11 pm

    I should read this one

  17. December 16, 2014 4:43 pm

    Anna loved these books.

  18. December 16, 2014 5:18 pm

    Glad to know you liked the book so much! I just checked and my library has both books :), so I’m adding them to my list for the library challenge for 2015.

  19. sandynawrot permalink
    December 16, 2014 6:31 pm

    I read them both and was so totally blown away that I got them as a set for Ryan last Christmas. SO powerful.

  20. Patty permalink
    December 16, 2014 8:51 pm

    Wow…somehow I have never see this one!

  21. December 17, 2014 5:36 pm

    If I remember correctly, Maus II goes into some personal parts of Art’s life? I read them both together so have a tough time separating them. Amazing story and such an incredible way to tell the story.

  22. December 17, 2014 11:24 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for good graphic novels for my son. This one sounds great! But maybe he’s too young? He’s almost eleven.

  23. December 18, 2014 4:28 pm

    Yes I believe I read these in the 1990s. I don’t usually read graphic novels but Spiegelman’s books were outstanding

  24. December 20, 2014 6:06 am

    I remember this one! I haven’t read it but I did read many reviews a while back about how good this books is. I must read this some day!

  25. December 20, 2014 11:45 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile. Glad you liked it so much.

  26. December 21, 2014 5:07 pm

    I hope you get to read Maus 2 soon. I love these books so much I’ve read them twice and would love to read them again. There’s something more in the pictures I discover during each reread.

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