Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

Maus II A Survivor s Tale And Here My Troubles Began Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art the first volume of Art Spieglman s Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman a Jewish survivor of Hitler s Europe and his son a c

Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spieglman s Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father s terrifying story, and History itself Its form, the cartoon the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice , succeeds perfeAcclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spieglman s Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father s terrifying story, and History itself Its form, the cartoon the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice , succeeds perfectly in shocking us out of any lingering sense of familiararity with the events described, approaching, as it does, the unspeakable through the diminutive.This second volume, subtitled And Here My Troubles Began, moves us from the barracks of Auschwitz to the bungalows of the Catskills Genuinely tragic and comic by turns, it attains a complexity of theme and a precision of thought new to comics and rare in any medium Maus ties together two powerful stories Vladek s harrowing tale of survival against all odds, delineating the paradox of daily life in the death camps, and the author s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father At every level this is the ultimate survivor s tale and that too of the children who somehow survive even the survivors.

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  1. Art Spiegelman born Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev is New York based comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning comic memoir, Maus.

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  1. This second volume continues the powerful story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust.I haven t been able to stop thinking about the author and his dad s story It is horrific but at the same time it carries a message of hope and survival In this volume we find Vladek in Auschwitz and his experiences there are described in detail, however, amidst the atrocities the author is able to interject some humour here and there The author also explores deeper his relationship with his a [...]

  2. Since I d read Maus I about a year ago and Nadja Spiegelman s enticing memoir in the summertime, I was beyond ecstatic to find this second volume on the shelves of my local library.And since it s been quite a while, I was grateful that this volume had a quick recap at the start of what occurred before Art Spiegelman, a cartoonist born after WW II, is working on a book about what happened to his parents as Jews in wartime Poland He has made a series of visits to his childhood home in Rego Park, N [...]

  3. Fantastic conclusion I think I enjoyed this one even than the first The two stories of Vladek in the past and Vladek in the present really explore interesting topics of generational gaps as well as national differences Art s American sensibility versus his father s stinginess a result of his wartime survival is extremely understandable and well explored in this volume It s a harrowing story but so uniquely told and such a wonderful insight into one man s Holocaust survival, I would highly recom [...]

  4. This was even devastating than Maus I.Vladek Spiegelman s story is continued here In Maus I, we left Vladek and his wife Anja at the gates of Auschwitz In this volume, we are treated to an insider s view of daily life at a Nazi concentration camp.As with Maus I, the fact that it is written in comic book format does nothing to soften the impact if anything, it heightens it In the camp, the inmates are subjected to a slow, drawn out death sentence as the guards play with them like well, cats with [...]

  5. When I was a boy living in Germany, my parents and I visited Dachau concentration camp.It was horrible We saw the ovens, the gas chambers, the graveyards The visit drove home to me the magnitude of the horror that had been perpetrated there, and the madness of the people who had orchestrated it.Maus II is mostly concerned with Vladek s time in Auschwitz It reminded me of all things I had seen when I was a boy, but it also added a new perspective This graphic novel really drove home to me what th [...]

  6. 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.

  7. It s always nice when you completely understand why something has achieved its status A book of humor, horror, and above all, complexity Spiegelman tells his father s story as faithfully as he can, while remaining aware that he can t tell that story faithfully at all it ll always be clouded by the way he views his father I ve read plenty of books about the Holocaust academic volumes, memoir, fiction but this is the best at capturing just how random survival was, and how survivor both is and isn [...]

  8. I flew directly into this book after finishing Maus 1 because how could I not I needed to know the rest of Vladek s story from the time he and his wife entered Auschwitz I also needed to hear the rest of the story between him and his son, Art, with whom he had a stormy relationship And so, as I turned the first page of this book, I braced myself for what was to come, knowing it would be bad, though I was still unprepared for what amounted to diving into an open wound Reading this book left me ut [...]

  9. I can t even make sense out of my relationship with my father how am I supposed to make sense out of the Holocaust Art Spiegelman Maus, II And Here My Troubles Began continues with the painful story of Vladek Spiegelman from where Maus I left off but in a intense manner Maus, II And Here My Troubles Began is the completion of a masterpiece by Art Spiegelman The book delves further deep into the everlasting struggle that his family had to go through even after his parents surviving the Nazi deat [...]

  10. There are so many layers to this story Is it reality It it only our perception of Art s reality Is it biographical Autobiographical Fictional Historical Fact A representation of fact I don t know I don t care I love it anyway, no because, of its intangibility and abstract nature It touches my heart and makes me feel an emotional attachment to the horrifying story and to the factual history behind it, regardless of its classification There are many subtle clues towards Art s intentions with his w [...]

  11. Vol 2 Pulitzer prize winning book.Art Spieglman takes us deep inside in concentration campsd really shows us how life was day to day.This book is so hard to put down once you beginIt s so frickin sad we take the in horrors on probably the deepest of deepest levels, from a book about the Holocaust The graphic depictions are the most brilliant creation of all everything about these illustrations works their artistic design and purpose are flawless.

  12. I think the rating I gave this novel was too low I wish I could give this book as many stars as possible This book, and the book that came before it are so important They let us know about the struggles that the author s own father faced during the Holocaust We even got to how the father acted when Spiegelman asked his father questions to get information This story is such a different way of compiling the hardships of the author s father that it made it so much compelling I would recommend this [...]

  13. I am struggling to write a cohesive review for the second book and final chapter to this saga The brilliance continues while the story becomes even difficult to read It is tough to describe This heartbreakingly challenging father son relationship becomes the focal point of this book and it is masterfully drawn and examined in every frame Laid out on these pages is the guilt felt by a son who does not understand his father, but who knows his father has endured and survived the unimaginable A co [...]

  14. The conclusion to the powerful story of Maus A son is collecting his father s horror stories from the Holocaust Told as mice vs cats I still can t imagine what these people went through The art tells the story, it s grim art for a grim story This also shows how difficult it is to come out of a survival mode mentality Vladik is still a surviver.I hope the world never sees anything like this again.This is a classic book and yes, it deserves to be on the top of the Best of Graphic Novel lists Power [...]

  15. This second Maus book finishes up the story of Vladek and Anja Spiegelman s experiences in Auschwitz and Birkenau at the end of WWII Maus is the German word for mouse and Art Spiegelman the son and author chose to portray the Jewish people in his cartoon as mice because of a disparaging German newspaper article in the mid 1930s which belittled Mickey Mouse as the most miserable ideal ever revealed and upheld the Swastika Cross as the highest His Nazis are therefore cats Interestingly, he will so [...]

  16. this was interesting to me because it wasn t just the story of a man who survived auschwitz it was the story of son artie telling the story based on a retelling from his father s memory, which does not always seem to serve correctly it is subtitled a survivor s tale but this brings to mind the problem of who is the survivor is it that the father is a survivor of auschwitz or is it that the son is a survivor of his father in the end the subtitle seems purely ironic because no one seems to have co [...]

  17. Reread March 2015 for schoolI cannot get over how powerful these book are I ll be doing a video review soon so stay tuned for that.

  18. Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexIn this volume the author balances detailing the relationship that he has with his father, with describing the atrocities that his father lived through He notes that he s not sure Vladek did survive Auschwitz, not in a way that s important The fourth wall is also broken, and we learn how much the author struggled to tell this story, and how uncertain he was that he would be able to do it justice.It s clear from the notoriety that this volume gained, he t [...]

  19. Well once you start this book you cannot stop or at least those are my sentiments The book really carries on where the first left off at the gates of Auschwitz no wonder now they are collected in a single volume and as harrowing as the first volume was this is even so really the two books should be reviewed together to preserve the passion and horror of the story This is not a book to be taken lightly which considering it is really little than a comic speaks greatly of the power the story and [...]

  20. Indiferente ningu m pode ficar Conforme aconteceu com o 1 volume, depois de lido este 2 , fico com a sensa o de que a Hist ria vivida e a criatividade jogam um com o outro de forma magistral na elabora o deste livro Neste 2 volume, sempre lido de dentro para fora, com uma intimidade absorvente, continuado o relato tr gico da persegui o Nazi aos judeus, indo, agora, mais al m na sua barb rie e complexidade liter ria Tal como no volume I, os detalhes hist ricos e autobiogr ficos continuam muito pr [...]

  21. Kako oceniti velicani Maus Arta Spigelmana, prvog stripa dobitnika Pulicerove nagrade, konstantno hvaljenog kao jednog od najboljih i najvaznijih grafickih novela Ulazeci s takvim preporukama u citanje stripa uvek je prevrtljiva stvar i, barem u mom slucaju, rezultat je blago razocaravajuci Prvo, Maus nije los strip daleko od toga, ima naravno svojih dobrih strana Prica je poprilicno jednostavna, otac prica sinu o svojim dogadjajima za vreme holokausta, ali ona je toliko puta vec ispricana u raz [...]

  22. This is so brilliant The Jews are mice, the Germans are cats, the French are frogs, the Poles are pigs and the Americans are dogs The drawings are black and white which evokes the bleak and stark Holocaust experience Smartly conceived and wonderful in it s I hesitate to use the word execution.Art Spiegelman recounts the story of his father and mother s imprisonment and near death experiences in 1940 s Poland and Germany Vladek father is frugal in the extreme and as we move through his concentrat [...]

  23. If this novel was only narrating the experience of a concentration camp survivor it would have been a different sort of a read Art Spiegelman drew Part I of his father s story as one that is interspersed between everyday conversation and squabbles, and a relationship between father and son that is most definitely strained.Part II takes the same template further, but digs much deeper into their personal relationship For one, I never thought that a survivor might feel guilty of having lived throug [...]

  24. No se me ocurre nada para decir, me dej sin palabras este segundo tomo.Me conmovi tanto esta historia En momentos dejaba de leer y me quedaba mirando la foto de RichieuNada, lo ador.Book 1

  25. A hard one to give to much of a review beyond my thoughts on part 1.A little bit reflective on the creation process and a bit meta but still a hard hitting book.

  26. Note This review is pretty much the same as what I wrote for Volume 1 Using the comic book format to tell the story of the author s parents surviving the Holocaust seemed like a strange way of going about it Now that I finished the book, I can t imagine how it could have been done better Depicting Jews as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs, French as frogs and Americans as dogs really seemed weird But now upon reflection, it s amazing how much that facilitated conveyance of the emotion behind [...]

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