- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK; 1 edition (2 October 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780141014081
- ISBN-13: 978-0141014081
- ASIN: 0141014083
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 1.7 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Art Spiegelman is a contributing editor and artist for the New Yorker. His drawings and prints have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Maus, which was also nominated for the National Book Critics Award. He lives in New York.
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This story is about the Holocaust, about Jews and their persecution, and about survival and survivors. At least it was meant to be.
But it is not just that. It is something more. It is the story of a father and a son. It chronicles a few months in the lives of the duo as the father nags at all the things and all the people around him, and as the son keeps on getting embarrassed and irritated by his father. That is what this book is: the tale of a father and his son. At least that is how it turns out to be.
And this is the absolute beauty of this book. Given the subject matter, it could have been a dark and dry story, but the Animal Farm of Spiegelman was easy to wade through because it kept me engaged in the horrors depicted without making me feel blue by overshadowing them with the father-son duo's banter.
I've read and watched other works on the second World War and on the Holocaust, and all of them have been difficult to digest because of the harsh realities they describe in their plain manner. Meanwhile, Spiegelman adopted a fresh approach in not only the narrative (father-son dynamic) but also in the medium he chose - that it be a comic, that too with anthropomorphic characters.
As for the publication, the paper is thick, semi-gloss and the print is fine. Font and pictures are clear. Bought for ₹494 from Amazing Buy. No complaints regarding quality and delivery.
Must read as it's definitely a huge lessons learned by humanity.
I can’t describe in words how much impact this book has left upon me. This is a must-read for any human, let alone graphic-novel readers.
I have been a big fan of comics while growing up (who isn’t?”) and I thought shifting to the non graphic medium was more mature.Well,I was wrong, obviously.The books of Alan Moore and Frank Miller have showed me that Comics were a spectacular medium when it wanted to be. The Japanese ‘Junji Ito’ was a revelation and now I am constantly digging Graphic novels.
Maus is drawn in black and white and the tone fits the story so well. By making the protagonists and antagonists faceless (well, they have faces but he has ingenuously drawn Jews as mice and Germans as cat) he tells us that everything becomes non personal and generic during the time of war, especially the pain, but it is not so. Every guy is fighting his or her battle through the war and each guy’s suffering has its own shades of blue.
Pain is looming as a pallid gloom all over them, omnipresent and stifling. It is like there is a thick towel draped over their faces. They have to breathe and see through it and the towel stinks after some time.
Read Maus to understand how a war feels like,how hate feels like,how sectarianism feels like,how it feels like to fear for your life every second of the day.
A great book in short.
Told through tiny squares on a page, Maus creeps into the recesses of your mind and your heart and when it is finally over, you find yourself more than what you were before. It has taken its place as one of my favourite and dearest stories ever. I hope everyone who reads, experiences this monumental piece of work at least once in his or her life. It is an epic story, told on such a small scale that one forgets that one watches history unfold before them in a manner that was hitherto unknown.
Read this, please. Just read it and later on, find yourself changed.