A Survivor's Tale

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THE DEFINITIVE EDITION: The Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel acclaimed as "the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust" ( Wall Street Journal ) and "the first masterpiece in comic book history" ( The New Yorker ).

A brutally moving work of art--widely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written-- Maus recounts the chilling experiences of the author's father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats.

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale, weaving the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father into an astonishing retelling of one of history's most unspeakable tragedies. It is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1986, 1991.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679406419
Characteristics: 295 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,24 cm.


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May 03, 2018

This graphic novel tells an interesting and sad story of the Holocaust. The graphics and story line evoke a lot of emotion for the reader.

Jul 06, 2016

An amazing book— beautifully drawn and written.

Jun 23, 2016

For year 12 English

Mar 28, 2015

Graphic novels (i.e. comic-style books) are not a genre I normally read. However, as this book is on the 2015 VCE English reading list and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, I thought I’d give it a go. The artist and author, Art Spiegelman, interviews his father, Vladek, about his experiences as a Polish Jew and victim of the Nazi regime during World War 2. The result is a stark and unsentimental re-telling of the appalling brutality of the Nazis, the immeasurable suffering of their victims, and the courage and determination of people like Vladek to survive. The black and white graphics are grim and confronting particularly as all the characters are given the faces of animals e.g. the Jews are mice and the Germans are cats. However, I’m not sure this device really adds anything to the novel. As well as telling Vladek’s story, the author also gives us glimpses into his relationship with his father as he records and writes this memoir. It is not an easy relationship. In the end I’m very glad I read this book but I can’t say it was an enjoyable experience.

May 22, 2014

This graphic novel is a must-read! A piece of art as well as a lesson on history, intergenerational issues, relationships and trauma.

SCBS31 Jun 13, 2012

Maus is amazing, poignant, and worth buying.

Sep 23, 2010

Great book, creative ! ;) comic form, about the holocaust for anybody interested in world war 2

Jan 02, 2010

I don't enjoy graphic novels as a rule, but I thought this was an excellent one. I was a fan of it right up until the ending- it ended very abruptly. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to read the rest of the series.

Aug 14, 2009

A well-written but heart wrenching graphic novel.
Complete with actual photos taken during WW2.
Very rich historically and very informative.

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