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After reading this one in near succession of the first book it was just as enjoyable, though a not quite at the same level as the first book. One issue I had to this follow up was the misplaced personal issues Art Spiegleman was trying to come to terms with the passing of his father and the completion of this book. It does well in conveying the hopelessness many of the Jews faced at the end of World War 2 and the hope they were trying to hold on to after the war ended. It was good and I would definitely recommend its purchase especially with the first book. I would like to see a possibility of a third book one day where Art writes a story leading from his youth to the point leading up to him writing the first two books while addressing the emotions he was feeling with the passing of his father and the emotions of dealing with it.
This is the graphic novel sequel to Maus and picks up where that book left off. Vladek continues to tell his son Artie about his time in the concentration camps and life after the holocaust. It has forever changed Vladek. This was a good read.
Virginia says: The Maus series is unique in that it tells one man's story of surviving the Holocaust, while also giving the reader a glimpse of how the survivor's life has been affected by the experience. This volume is the second part of the series, and while excellent, I was not as emotionally moved by it as the first part, which had me crying my eyes out. This volume seemed to devote more pages to Art and Vladek's relationship than to Vladek's story.
If you liked Maus I, you will definitely love this sequel. It continues the tale of a survivor's view of probably the worst genocidal event in history.
But I do have one complaint. On one page, near the end of the book, there is a HUGE splotch of some kind of dried gray substance. Ink, perhaps? But I had no other choice but to squint and bring my face closer to make out what was going on.
Besides this one flaw, I enjoyed reading this and I highly recommend it. Especially to anyone who is a history fanatic.
Haunting, you'll find certain parts that keep coming back to you. Don't let the artwork fool you, this is no children's book. This work is honest, and perhaps because of it, is very emotionally affecting. I've had to read it more than once to really appreciate it.
An excellent cartoon presentation of the Holocaust. Both Maus I and Maus II help you to understand what the Holocaust survivors lived through, why some survived and how it affected them after the Holocaust. Very quick reading.