Maus I (Maus, #1) by Art Spiegelman

Maus I (Maus, #1)

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.


Details Maus I (Maus, #1)

TitleMaus I (Maus, #1)
ISBN9780394541556
Author
Release DateNov 1st, 1991
PublisherPantheon Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, History, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, World War II, Holocaust, Biography, Historical, War, Graphic Novels Comics
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Reviews Maus I (Maus, #1)

  • Regan
    2014-07-10
    4.5 Very very very powerful and I like that you see the relationship between Spiegelman and his father throughout.
  • Diane
    2013-04-11
    The Maus books were just as incredible as promised. I was deeply moved by Spiegelman's story about his father's experiences in Poland and Auschwitz during World War II. My ancestors are from Germany and my mother was a WWII buff -- our bookshelves at home were filled with hundreds of books about that war. When I asked her why she was so fascinated by that period, she said she was trying to understand how something like the Holocaust could have ha...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2017-10-22
    I am extremely moved by this book, it is as relevant and important today as it was when it was first published over 30 years ago, possibly even more so.Maus tells the story of Vladek Spielgeman, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. His son, Art Spiegelman, is an illustrator and wants to write the story of his father's experiences during World War II. The story is also of Art himself, the interviews and relationship with his father.The story altern...
  • Will M.
    2015-06-01
    This is one of those graphic novels that everyone is telling the world to read. Acclaimed as one of the best graphic novels out there. My take on it is that it was really enjoyable and informative, but not the best. While it was very enjoyable, I still had a few problems with it. Overhyped in my opinion, but still highly recommended for me. I honestly have no problem with the plot. Straightforward and informative. I'm a huge history fan, and the ...
  • Elyse
    2014-10-28
    Extraordinary.....If there was a Pulitzer Prize for the BEST ALREADY winners of the Pulitzer .....Art Spieglman's books would be a very high contender.Point is... The creation of Maus exceeds expectations... which you might have heard through the grapevine. Maus, Vol 1: "My Father Bleeds"....is painful, personal, brilliant ..,and needs to be experienced first hand...( as all his books do)....Then we might have a discussion still worse to come, is...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    2015-04-01
    I don't read much Holocaust Literature nowadays. In my teens and twenties, I read everything I could get my hands on on the Third Reich and the Middle Ages, as I had an abnormal urge to seek out the darkness in human souls. I was repelled and at the same time, fascinated by it - like people drawn irresistibly towards gruesome road accidents.As I matured, this urge to torture myself diluted, and I moved on towards more wholesome stuff. However, I ...
  • Maxwell
    2014-01-03
    Re-read September 5, 2015: I think I absorbed a lot more of the story and its power the second time around. It's really wonderfully crafted, and I can't wait to finally read the second volume because this one ends sort of abruptly. First read January 3-9, 2014
  • Arnie
    2012-10-12
    When I was a kid I read comic books (mostly Superman). The Maus books are the only graphic novels I've read and I consider them masterpieces (Mausterpieces?). Like Spiegelman's alter ego, I was a middle class child growing up in Queens (NYC), the son of Holocaust survivors and couldn't communicate with my father when I was growing up. He got it down perfectly. It was spot on and ranks among the best of Holocaust related literature.
  • Alicia Beale
    2007-05-20
    When I switched my major to English in my senior year, I had a lot of back classes to take, especially intro classes with freshmen and sophmores, though my last intro class was a night class with primarily older women, who worked full time jobs in Edison or the Amboys and a bushel of kids waiting at home. Basically, they were there to learn more about literature, sort of as a self-improvement class for the non-literary. The class was taught by a ...
  • Kruti
    2013-04-11
    Some books will leave a sour taste in your mouth. Some will uplift your spirits. Some will even touch your heart. And some…some have the power to rip your soul into tiny little pieces and leave nothing but a shell in its place.Who knew a graphic novel could hold such power? But that’s exactly what happened. Having finished Maus I: My Father Bleeds History, I feel like I just sparred against a two-tonne elephant with no means of escape. Each h...
  • Elizabeth Sagan
    2017-01-30
    It hits you like a truck going twice the speed limit...
  • Kelli
    2015-11-26
    Oh my! This book makes me want to read every interview with the author that I can find. One article I read credits this book (and two others) with changing the public's perception of comics and potentially starting the use of the term "graphic novel." I have read only one other graphic novel (the beautiful and brilliant Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast) so I am tremendously under-qualified to review this. I'm not sure wha...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    2018-01-01
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI didn't intend for my first book of 2018 to be so depressing, but MAUS is such a creative, important book. In MAUS, Art Spiegelman uses the medium of graphic novel to tell the moving, and sometimes hair-raising story of his father, Vladek: a holocaust survivor from Poland.Juxtaposed against scenes where a now middle-aged Art is chatting with his elderly father in his home in Queens are scene...
  • Ariel
    2014-07-13
    It just didn't do what I wanted.I had high expectations, my friends, I had high expectations. That might not be fair, but there you go.My biggest problem was the misused animals. The book is called Maus. The characters are mice and cats and pigs. BUT NONE OF THEM ACT LIKE MICE OR CATS OR PIGS. WHATS THE POINT? In conversation with my friend Barry* it came up that "It's just cats chasing mice. That's the extent of the metaphor." He disagrees, on t...
  • Owlseyes
    2011-10-03
    The story of a Jew's survival. Jews as depicted as mice and Germans as cats. A poignant story; really good, the character Vladek (the survivor): can you imagine him on a German prisoners camp, a freezing Autumn, birds falling from trees due to cold...and Vladek taking a shower at the river: to stay clean and warmy the day onward? or his wife (a mice too) complaining about rats!?...True facts underly the story.
  • Donna
    2016-04-25
    I am speechless and in awe, but I'm going to try to write something coherent here. I was spellbound when reading this book. It represents the best of what anyone can hope for in a graphic novel. The illustrations and narrative text formed, in essence, an audiovisual presentation of experiences so personal and unapologetically honest that sometimes I couldn't believe the author included them since they cast his father and himself in an unfavorable...
  • Dannii Elle
    2016-05-19
    This is such an important and emotional story that brings a new dynamic to the well-documented World War 2 stories of the incarceration and mistreatment of the Jews, at the hands of the Nazi soldiers. As Spiegelman himself explains in the introduction, he wanted to bring meaning back to the stories that had lost all of their horror due to their notoriety. This story would be a powerful one in any format, but the short speech, the simplistic and y...
  • Rowena
    2013-02-08
    So so sad. What a truly shameful part of our history the Holocaust was. To think that a group of people would be treated so abysmally for no good reason just hurts my heart. Despite the fact that this was a graphic novel that had the characters portrayed as mice (Jews), pigs(Poles) and cats (Germans), it did not lessen the disgust I had against the Nazi system that condoned, encouraged and justified this mistreatment of Jewish people; Jews were g...
  • Krista Wright
    2015-12-20
    Wow. This is a very powerful book--more so than anything else I've read in a long time. Absolutely amazing storytelling. I need a quick break before jumping into the next volume, because it's just so dark. But I definitely recommend this to everyone, even if you don't normally read comics or graphic novels.
  • Denisse
    2015-07-10
    Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #40 A graphic novel. A very realistic story. Not just for the Nazi information but the personal story of the author’s father. He didn’t ease off anything, not their relationship, not with his father’s thoughts and that gives the story a special detail. The novel is very direct and powerful, and the characters portrayed by animals (mice, cats, pigs) sound very human. You might not found that much of new i...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    2015-06-23
    2.5 starsI guess i'm just really not in the mood for serious topic-ed books this summer. I went into this knowing it was so popular, and being on the topic of the Holocaust, I was expecting to be really moved by this. But I didn't like the way that the narration was done-- it follows the son of a Jew asking his father to recite the tale-- and strangely I found myself enjoying the parts that weren't about the 1940s flashbacks more than I enjoyed t...
  • Jennifer
    2016-12-31
    2017: I appreciated this just as much as last year. This second reading really drove home for me the loss of his mother's narrative (she committed suicide years before Spiegelman wrote this book, and his father burned her war journals in a fit of depression one day). Looking forward to finally reading the second part. 2016: 4.5 stars. This really gives you an idea of what a roll of the dice surviving the Holocaust was, and the relationship betwee...
  • Daniel
    2009-06-07
    I know I'm not breaking any new ground by calling Art Spiegelman's "Maus" amazing -- easily one of the best Holocaust memoirs ever published. But, as if that isn't achievement enough, "Maus" also is much more than that: a nakedly honest portrayal of the strained relationship between artist-writer Art and his elderly father Vladek, neither of whom has gotten over the loss of Anja -- Art's mother and Vladek's wife -- to suicide years before. (The f...
  • Chris
    2009-10-04
    There has always been a debate about the impact and importance of cartoons and comic books. The debate pretty much boils down to the misconception that comic books simply tell adventure stories. This misconception irgnores several importnat things, the most important is that all fiction has its highs and lows. In literature, for instance, you have Austen and Twain, and then there is Radcliffe, who while a good writer, simply tells a story. This m...
  • Kandice
    2009-03-17
    Spiegelman does the most fantastic job showing us his parent's story in a truthful way. I cannot stand his father Vladek, or Spiegelman himself for that matter, but maybe that's part of the point. People are people and should be treated as such. Even is they are assholes. I am pretty close to this subject since I work in a synagogue and we have a group called New Life Club, comprised of Holocaust survivors and their children. They meet for a cate...
  • Jake Doyle
    2015-09-02
    I thought this book was very interesting, and so did many other people. From what I've seem from other reviews, many people were thinking the same thing I was when they were reading the book. They thought this book was a very depressing and a look at the Holocaust like we've never seen. They also talk about how the author isn't afraid to censor what his father says and how grotesque the story may be, it all happened. The type of readers that migh...
  • Danuta
    2012-01-26
    I have a real, real problem with this book. It's a powerful piece, and tells the story of one family's experiences of the Holocaust in grim and gripping detail. it's also an amazing exploration of the relationship between a father and son. I'd love to give it 5 stars. And yet... I couldn't give a decent rating to a book that depicted black people, Muslims or gays as pigs, and I can't give a good rating to a book that depicts Poles as pigs. The bo...
  • Calista
    2017-09-22
    This is a powerful story. It doesn't seem like these horrors could be possible and yet they are. This is a black and white comic with mice as Jews and cats as Nazis. I can only hope that this history remains a reminder of why compassion toward all people is so very important. When we lose our compassion, we lose our humanity. It is also a reminder of the darkness people are capable of and the strength of the human spirit. This is not a fun story ...
  • Laura
    2017-02-22
    An incredible book. It also feels quite timely, which is sad and scary.
  • Pramod Nair
    2015-06-05
    “It would take many books, my life, and no one wants anyway to hear such stories.” - Vladek Spiegelman.‘Maus, I’ and ‘Maus, II’ are two books that shatter one of the myths about the Holocaust; the myth that the monstrosity of Holocaust is beyond the realms of artistic imagination. Art Spiegelman refutes this through a brilliant and brutal depiction of the horrors of Holocaust in a comic book that will honestly shock the reader. ‘Mau...