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Ing cats Mausis a haunting tale within a tale weaving the authors account of his tortured relationship with his aging father into an astonishing retelling of one of history's most unspeakable tragedies It is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma This was an excellent graphic novel that captures the fear the barbaric cruelty and nihilism of the Holocaust poignantly than many a text only book could The story is set half in present day USA where the main protagonist Vladek Spiegelman and his son Art are now living and half in Poland and Germany from the mid 1930s to the end of WWII Art wants to document the experiences of his parents before and during WWII and painstakingly draws out his father’s memoriesThere are no human faces in this book The Jews are depicted as mice the Nazis as cats Poles as pigs Americans as dogs etcThere is a split perception of mice as animals On one side they are portrayed in much of children’s literature are cute and non threatening and on the other as vermin to be exterminated Above all they are powerless in the presence of larger predatory animals such as cats Mice being slaughtered evokes sympathy in a way that the extermination of other ‘vermin’ such as rats never couldWhen the story begins Vladek is a successful businessman in Poland courting Anja Slowly the rumours of anti Jewish attacks by Nazis in Germany and Czechoslovakia reach them At first it is seen as a problem elsewhere but bit by bit the danger that the Polish Jewish community is in becomes apparent – but it is too late The story deals with the attempts at hiding and sending of children to supposedly safer places and then the rounding up of the Jews and the deportations to Auschwitz Vladek’s life in Auschwitz and then later in Dachau is told along with the luck and ingenuity that enabled Vladek to stay alive when so many around him perishedVladek is not a sympathetic character While he may have physically survived the Holocaust his personality has been forever damaged by his experiences He is unable to have a close relationship with his son or his second wife Instincts that enabled him to survive form a barrier between himself and everyone around him In some ways his mind seems to have never left Dachau Because of this the trauma of the Holocaust lasts well beyond the 1940s and impacts directly on the offspring – and further generations – of the survivors Art wants to understand the difficult man who is his father and writingdrawing this book is his way of doing thatThis is not a book to enjoy reading It is an important witness account that needs to be documented and read The black and white drawings colour only on the cover underline the seriousness of the content and the desperation of the world at that time and have a visceral impact on the readerI highly recommend this book – to everyone

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Maus I & II Paperback Box SetThe paperback boxed set of thePulitzer Prize winning graphic novel in its original two volume format re released to include a sixteen page booklet designed by the artist Acclaimed as the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust Wall Street Journal Maus is co I rarely read graphic novels or comics but found this a very interesting read The author has found a very clever way to write a feature length comic book novel telling an accessible mini history of his father's experiences during the WWII Holocaust in Poland his father and mother being survivors of the camps intermingled with a second current day story line illustrating his father's current domestic challenges and the author's own sometimes fraught relationship with himThe story is extremely easy to understand and follow when laid out this way even though I already knew most of this from a general historical perspective Showing different nationalities as different animals is a clever way to help keep the players straightI strongly disagree with the criticism leveled by other reviewers that try to assign some significance to the animals chosen for each nationality My own belief is that the only choice meant to convey any real meaning was that of showing Jewish characters as mice and Nazis as cats illustrating the relative power that the cats had over the mice and the fact that the mice were always being hunted and could not even safely walk on streets where there were cats The one or two French were shown as frogs the Americans were dogs and the Poles were pigs Those who believe the author somehow intended any of these to be broader comments on those nationalities for better or worse are just reading too much into it In particular showing Poles as pigs was not intended to be an insult and those who think otherwise are just looking for reasons to be offendedSome of the comic illustrations were very inventive At some points in the story the author's father is walking around in Poland amongst the general population outside the Jewish ghetto that is and acting as though he belongs there knowing that it will not be easy to tell he is Jewish if he acts like he belongs there; in effect he is masuerading as a Pole and the cartoons of these scenes show him with a pig mask over his normally mouse face showing that he is passing for a PoleCertainly nothing about the Holocaust is anything to laugh at and in fact in most treatments on the subject too much detail can sometimes overwhelm a reader The author suspends his father's narrative at regular intervals and cuts to their present day conversation where they talk about his father's domestic situation his health his personal frugality and other habits etc This is a mini drama all my itself that at times can almost be amusing and gives the reader a periodic break from the heavier part of the story You can also see how certain ways that his father behaves have been influenced by his experienceThis is a interesting way to learn about a part of history that too many these days seem to be strangely unaware of When I was growing up everyone knew about this It is easily read and understood and even at almost 300 pages I read it in less than a day

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Maus I & II Paperback Box Set kindle  Multimedia CD read ✓ join or create book clubs × ❴EPUB❵ ✹ Maus I & II Paperback Box Set Author Join or create book clubs – The paperback boxed set of thePulitzer Prize winning graphic novNsidered the first masterpiece in comic book history The New Yorker A brutally moving work of artwidely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written Mausrecounts the chilling experiences of the authors father during the Holocaust with Jews drawn as wide eyed mice and Nazis as menac Containing both volumes 1 and 2 of Maus A Survivor’s Tale The Complete Maus tells the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman’s experience of surviving in Hitler’s EuropeThe first and most important thing to make note of is that this is a completely true story It isn’t a piece of fiction based in the truth of Auschwitz it is a true account of Art Spiegelman’s father’s life during World War II It is a heavy and intense read but completely incredibleThe second important thing you need to know about this book is that it is a graphic novel It is masterfully drawn with plenty of narration which makes it easy to read even if you’re not a regular graphic novel reader The metaphorical representation of people is a massive part of this book Jews are drawn as mice Nazis as cats the Allies as dogs and Poles as pigs This is an incredibly effective commentary on stereotypes and highlights the absurdity of dividing people by nationalityThe brutal honesty about life as a Jew during the Nazi occupation is shocking and horrific but truly truly fascinating On another level the relationship between Art and Vladek is also explored and it really shows how the children of survivors can be so affected by the experience of their parentsMaus isn’t an easy or pleasant read by any means but it is powerful and it’s essential If you’re into graphic novels you MUST read this book If you’re into historical accounts and memoirs you MUST read this book If you read anything at all you MUST read this book