"It's a miracle he survived...But in some ways he didn't survive." 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.
Captivating art, deeply moving story: the reputation of this graphic novel is legendary. I just want to comment on the quality of the book: the paper is thick and glossy paper and the printing is clean and sharp. This is a joy to hold in ones hand! I emphasize this because I have bought a couple of books on Amazon (Pachinko, Illuminations by Walter Benjamin) that have been printed to thin greyish paper that looks and feels terrible. No such problems with this book! Highly highly highly recommend!!
Couldn't sleep an entire night after reading this chilling nonfiction account of a holocaust survivor. The book is again, a reminder to humanity not to overtly identify itself strongly with extreme ideas and not to allow even a spark of ill will or hatred against any particular group to breed in our minds, at the least for the fear of aother holocaust that can again loom over our world horizons, if we do.
Must read as it's definitely a huge lessons learned by humanity.
Maus is not just another great graphic novel, it’s a memoir. Both historically and personally. It portrays the tale of survival of a Jew alongside the bittersweet tale of a father and his family. The style of art presented here is very simplistic but very dark with the presentation of the shameful barbaric days of Hitler, the “jew-killing” days. The whole novel/story is presented in such a beautiful way that any reader would find himself in the shoes of both the son and the father, or at least can relate to their sentiments.
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.
‘Maus’ in a way reminded me of the Nadia Murad’s book “the Last Girl”.Both were survivor stories and both were war stories too. Both wars were based on Racism, isn’t most of them are based on that?
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.
I could write thousands of words expressing my feelings and they wouldn't be enough. This book took me on an emotional journey and made me feel things I thought I wasn't capable of feeling. I laughed, smiled, cried, bawled and at times, just sat in awe, holding the book in my hand. The horror of the Holocaust juxtaposed with a man's relationship with his father who survived it; this is a tale that will resonate for generations. It is the most human thing I have ever read and dare I say, one of the most honest accounts of one of the darkest periods in human history. 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.
This is a wonderfully written account by a son about his Polish Jew father, who survived WWII Holocaust by his sheer presence of mind, wits and at times pure luck! The book was also about the author, who was born after the War, struggling to come to terms with his father’s later days’ habits that were shaped during the Holocaust days! The persecution of Jews during WWII must have been the darkest chapter in human history - it is convenient for the laypeople to get carried away by our leaders’ rhetoric even during our times - the foreword of the book that quotes Hitler “The Jew are undoubtedly a race, but they are not human”, says it all!
Gripping with unthinkable details of atrocities of camps and reminder of the indomitable human spirit to survive by any means necessary...This book was published, admired and wept upon way before Schindler's list was released to the world as a movie.
The books highlights the plight Jews underwent in Germany. and the scenarios which look very innocent that started these events. This book is definitely going to have a lasting impression on me. The book is sprinkled with humor by the author to lighten up the content he is dealing with. really loved it. will read it again in a year or so.