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)
Release DateNov 1st, 1991
PublisherPantheon Books
Number of pages159 pages
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, History, Nonfiction, World War II, Holocaust, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Maus I (Maus, #1)

  • Regan
    4.5 Very very very powerful and I like that you see the relationship between Spiegelman and his father throughout.
  • Diane
    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...
  • Will M.
    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 ...
  • Maxwell
    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
  • Elyse
    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" 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
    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 ...
  • Arnie
    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
    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
    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...
  • Owlseyes
    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
    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...
  • Rowena
    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...
  • Ariel
    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...
  • Denisse
    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...
  • Kelli
    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...
  • Dannii Elle
    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...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    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...
  • Krista Wright
    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.
  • Laura
    An incredible book. It also feels quite timely, which is sad and scary.
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexI was pleasantly surprised, at how much I enjoyed this account. Most of this volume describes the family's life leading to the the Holocaust. Hearing the story told to the author through his father, who is dealing with the hardships of aging, humanized the characters beyond their experience as victims. This was an important part of the story, because most Holocaust accounts that I've read haven't focused ...
  • Daniel
    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...
  • Mel
    I feel like it's such a bad thing to give a book that tells the story of such a horrible time such a bad rating, but honestly this was just not worth reading.There are so many movies and books about World War II that you really need a good or ground breaking idea to put out an original new thing. This one was such a very accurate retelling of what had happened during World War II which I am very familiar with. Not only is it a huge topic at schoo...
  • Danuta
    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...
  • Jake Doyle
    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...
  • Pramod Nair
    “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...
  • Chris
    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...
  • Isabela
    So good!!!
  • Roberta Frontini (Blogue FLAMES)
    É sempre impressionante ler histórias que se passem nesta época, e fico sempre arrepiada por ver como as pessoas estavam dispostas a fazer certas coisas. :( Gostaria que a arte tivesse sido um pouco melhor. Não deixa de ser um livro que vale a pena ler :)
  • Φαροφύλακας
    Κάποια φίλη μού έλεγε μια μέρα πως δεν αντέχει πια να δει άλλη ταινία για το Ολοκαύτωμα των Εβραίων, πως δηλαδή γυρίστηκαν πολλές και φτάνει.Σ' εμένα λειτουργεί διαφορετικά. Ο Β Παγκόσμιος Πόλεμος είναι μια ιστορική στιγμή που με συγκλονίζει: όλη ...
  • Laura Leaney
    The experience of reading the story of Art Spiegelman’s father – of his marital history, his family, and his capture by the Germans – in comic book form was fascinating. I’m no expert in graphic novel reading, but Spiegelman’s illustrations appear to subtly comment on the more profound issues facing both the son and the father. I read some of the negative reviews by other readers, and I understand the adverse reaction against a Holocaus...