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Every panel had to become the shortest definition of itself. A picture with a twenty-five word caption may be worth only words. Getting started Before reading Maus , discuss with your students what they know about the Holocaust: Explore what books they have read on the subject, and what films or television programs have they seen.
Find out what they know about World War II generally. Discuss also the comic book form: What kinds of stories can you tell with a comic book? If you decided to tell a story about the Holocaust, what medium would you choose, and why?
What would be the advantage of that medium? Reading Strategies Because of the length and complexity of Maus , it is advisable to spread activities over several days. The questions here can provide the basis for lively classroom discussions. They are arranged thematically. However, it is likely easier to discuss Maus a chapter or a book at a time, and therefore questions are listed roughly in sequence.
Describe the faces in Maus. Are they iconic could be anyone or particular could only be Vladek? Why do you think Spiegelman drew the characters this way?
Hitler reduced Jews to vermin. Is Spiegelman doing the same thing? Generally, comics artists draw their works twice the size of the eventual published product. When the artwork is reduced by half, the resulting image is crisp and detailed. Spiegelman drew Maus at its actual size. Why do you think he did?
Look carefully at the frames the lines around the panels and the gutters the space between the frames. Where do you think the artwork is most detailed? Where is it roughest?
Is there something about those moments in the story that calls for a particular way of drawing? See page , book one. Most panels are contained in frames. What effect does a frame create, and what effect does a bleed create? Look at page , book one. Analyze the page, panel by panel. Assess your reactions to the page. Predict what will happen next.
More specifically: Look at the fourth panel. What does the jagged speech balloon mean? Why do you think that? Look at the next panel. Look at the very last panel. Why is there no frame? What details do you notice about that panel?
What feelings does this frame express? By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival - and how the Combined for the first time here are Maus I: By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival - and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents.
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This unusual book was first published in under the title "Maus: A Survivor's Tale. And Here my Troubles Began. Do you agree? Peter Kubicek. Ville-markus Nevalainen I do believe that Maus is something that everyone should read - the way it explores the holocaust is so real. It being a graphic novel and having …more I do believe that Maus is something that everyone should read - the way it explores the holocaust is so real.
It being a graphic novel and having animal characters might push some people away at first, but these elements are what truly create the story.
However, would like to point out that your dates are wrong. Part one was published , part two It won the Pulitzer in and the complete edition was published in Though these details do not matter that much. It is worth reading? Priyansha yes it is See all 30 questions about The Complete Maus…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
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Sort order. Nov 05, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: This burrowed it's way deep into my heart. This made me feel so much. This was an experience , not just a "read". This was real and I can't even explain how this affected me because it was the most emotional thing I've ever read. Not made-up emotion.
This was REAL and it affected me. He reminded me of my Grandfather, a little. I loved my Grandfather and I loved Vladek. His story, as told to his son Art Spiegelman, was one of the most powerful stories I've ever experienced. This w oh my god. This was a story about survival and deep love.
The love shown between Vladek and Anja mesmerized me and broke my heart seeing them go through so much cruelty and suffering. It is drawn masterfully in beautiful black and white.
Jewish people are drawn as mice, German people are drawn as cats, Polish people are drawn as pigs and people from the U. S are drawn as dogs. From Wikipedia: In a interview, Spiegelman noted that "these metaphors Art has a lot of guilt over having such an easy life when his parents went through a hell he couldn't even imagine. Despite this, you could feel the love radiating from the pages.
The love Art and Vladek had for each other. I loved the little funny moments in the novel, like when Vladek throws out Art's coat and gives him a "warm" coat, which Art hates because it isn't fashionable. Just the way Art draws his disapproving father made me smile. It was done with such warmth and love. Art's father was definitely a very funny man, even if he didn't mean to be.
I loved Vladek so much and in the last few pages, you are shown a picture of Vladek during World War 2. At that moment, I had to stop myself from crying because after reading his incredible story, I saw a picture of the actual Vladek.
And it instantly broke my heart. I felt so much love for him, it was unreal. This story is not a pleasant one but it is incredible. It's not easy to read at times but it's essential. It's about so many things. If you read this and it doesn't affect you, you are heartless. I recommend it to everyone. Even if graphic novels aren't usually your thing.
This is my favourite graphic novel now. There is no way that can change now. This was unforgettable and deeply moving. Read it. Don't miss out on something so emotional and powerful. I hope you love it like I do. View all 9 comments. Wonderful example of the power of a graphic novel! While it took long time of finally reading Maus , I knew that it was a graphic novel referring about the Jew Holocaust, but using mice Jews and cats Nazis as the characters, Again, the Jew Holocaust is not a matter to take in comical way, but then, I think that the graphic novel could plainly use human beings not necessarily too realistic, some cartoon style could work and the graphic novel will be the same as good, the same as relevant.
You know, as in the movie Life is Beautiful where the horrors of the Holocaust are there, but still there is space for some humorous moments, that they help as tension relief without meaning any disrespect to the tragic historic event.
However, definitely the graphic format of this story makes possible for readers to be witness from the begining until the end and even further of the whole tragic and cruel process of what Jews endured and not many were able to get out alive from it during the World War II. A titanic graphic story constructed during years of artistic effort to show, with detail and authenticity, one of the darkest episodes of human history.
Your friends? If you lock them together in a room with no food for a week… then you could see what it is, friends! In this way, with boldness and courage, Maus exposes us with a harsh truth: Survivors from a war in most cases is just because plain luck. Even some survivors got such bad luck of dying after the war ended and by non-military personnel. War is a crazy thing any war and if you try to get some logic out of it, View all 40 comments.
The art style was a bit distracting at times, but I really enjoyed this! View all 3 comments. Mar 09, Steve rated it it was amazing. I speak of the horrific violence that persists to this day; that inflicted by cats on defenseless mice. Perhaps the most obvious clue that this is, in truth, the intended theme lies in the title itself: For those of you unfamiliar with German, this is their word for mouse. Beyond that, when you look carefully at the drawings, you see that the goose-steppers have distinctly feline features, while the persecuted Jews in the ghettos and camps have rodent-like proboscides and disproportionately small eyes.
Mar 9, Addendum: Aug 23, This still ranks as my top graphic novel of all time, but I just finished Chris Ware's Building Stories which gives it a pretty good run for the money. The suffering in that one may not be as extreme, but it's every bit as real.
View all 62 comments. Aug 07, F rated it it was amazing Shelves: View 2 comments. Jul 11, Councillor rated it it was amazing Shelves: Until just a few weeks ago, the only reason for why I read graphic novels now and then was because of people's constant recommendations about the beauty and the value of those kinds of books.
I will be honest; I am guilty of never believing those words. Most likely did I read graphic novels which didn't suit my personal tastes, but Art Spiegelman was capable of shattering my expectations and completely stunning me with the art of his writing and his illustrations.
But let's start at the beginning Until just a few weeks ago, the only reason for why I read graphic novels now and then was because of people's constant recommendations about the beauty and the value of those kinds of books. But let's start at the beginning. Maus is a collection of two graphic novels with autobiographical background about the author, Art Spiegelman, and his father's recollections about his experiences in the Second World War.
Spiegelman constantly switches between present and past, between the time when he writes down what his father tells him and the time when all the horrible events in the concentration camps took place.
But he doesn't only include information about his father Vladek Spiegelman's tale of survival; the personal and very conflicted relationship between Art and Vladek also turns out to be a central part of the story, including controversy about Vladek's second wife and Art's personal approach to the success he had as an author when the first installment in his series of graphic novels was published.
Obviously, memoirs or autobiographies always include potential to let their author shine in a bright light, to let them appear heroic and exemplary. You have to rely on what the author tells you about himself and the people surrounding him, on which layers of his own character he presents. Art Spiegelman did so in a very convincing way, pointing out not only the horrible crimes which were committed during the Nazi period, but also the flaws he and his father had themselves, as human beings with all their faults and mistakes.
Art and his father appear in such a realistic way that you can't help but care for them; something which never happened to me before in a book with autobiographical content. Of course, some parts of the novels were shocking, which you need to expect before reading something about such an important subject. Feelings of despair and fear overshadowed Vladek Spiegelman's recollections of his experiences during the Second World War, from his family's decline and his marriage to his transport to Auschwitz.
Perhaps the most memorable thing about those graphic novels is the way Art Spiegelman used animal heads in the place of recognizable human ones.
The completely black-and-white illustrations vividly underline the feelings Spiegelman wanted to express with his books. And still now, almost two months after finishing them, am I stunned. Do I need to mention that I'd recommend these graphic novels to everyone? View all 26 comments. Maus was more than I expected.
I knew it would be about World War II and the Holocaust with the charaters being anthropomorphic mice, cats, pigs, dogs, etc. What I didn't realize was it would expand even farther in to the specific lives of the Spiegelmans before, during, and after the war.
His experienc Maus was more than I expected. His experiences with his father are as much a part of the book as the stories he is trying to document. Another viewpoint of life under Nazi oppression is always riviting.
I have read and seen both fiction and non-fiction accounts of life during WWII. I have been to the Dachau concentration camp. These stories are important, but are not always easy to read or tell. I applaud Spiegelman for this creative approach that hopefully brings these stories to those who might not be inclined to read a big novel or watch a documentary. Basically everyone should read this or at least some stories of the war.
They say those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Jan 17, Leonard Gaya rated it it was amazing. One may dream: Back in those days, Hollywood was producing its most celebrated films, and Mickey Mouse had become the cutest little mascot on the silver screen. At that very moment, the Allied troops carried movie cameras into the concentration camps. The films that remain from that time —the ones that were shown during the Nuremberg trial— are tough to watch, haunting, almost impossible to put into words.
Art Spiegelman has managed to blend both pictures Disney and the Red Army file footage poetically, through flat, condensed and straightforward drawings. His old father, a bit soft in the head and speaking in a funny broken English, provides a deeply personal, honest, at times slightly Kafkaesque or Chaplinesque account of these dreadful years, of that constant fear and deprivation, so that we could make some sense of this inhuman, world-changing experience.
This visual masterpiece is a refutation of this sentence. And it has left me both moved and dumbfounded. Uno splendido romanzo? In fondo le dimensioni delle vignette di Spiegelman fanno davvero venire in mente i fotogrammi di un film 35 mm.
Spiegelman disegna gli ebrei come topi, i nazisti come gatti, i polacchi come maiali. Animali parlanti per esprimere condizioni umane profonde difficili da esprimere altrimenti Esopo, Fedro, La Fontaine.
Una storia straziante? Che sorpresa la parte moderna, che regalo.
View all 11 comments. Apr 02, Svetlana rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the narrative present, Art Spiegelman author is interviewing his father Vladek about his experiences as a Polish Jew and a Holocaust survivor. The narrative past depicts these very experiences from the mid s to the end of the Holocaust in Spiegelman has utilised different species of animals to portray different nationalities and races - Jews as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs and French as frogs.
I was actually inspired to read this after visiting a war museum with my friend. Though I had a lot of fun that day, the Holocaust Exhibition was one of the most harrowing and tragic things I have ever seen. During the exhibition, I realised how ignorant I had been to the extent of brutality, inhumanity and pain that was inflicted on Jews during WW2.
And we knew that from here we will not come out anymore We knew the stories - that they will gas us and throw us in the ovens. This was And here we were. It was both insightful and addictive with its illustrations and style of storytelling. Nervous, compliant and clinging, she has her first nervous breakdown after giving birth to her first son.
She killed herself by slitting her wrists in a bathtub in May  and left no suicide note. She is French and converted to Judaism  to please Art's father. Spiegelman struggles with whether he should present her as a Jewish mouse, a French frog, or some other animal—in the end, he uses a mouse.
An aunt poisoned their first son Richieu to avoid capture by the Nazis four years before Spiegelman's birth. Shortly after he got out, his mother committed suicide. Spiegelman said that when he bought himself a German Volkswagen it damaged their already-strained relationship "beyond repair".
The discussions in those fanzines about making the Great American Novel in comics inspired him. The tale was narrated to a mouse named " Mickey ".
His father gave him further background information, which piqued Spiegelman's interest. Spiegelman recorded a series of interviews over four days with his father, which was to provide the basis of the longer Maus. He got detailed information about Sosnowiec from a series of Polish pamphlets published after the war which detailed what happened to the Jews by region.
The same year, he edited a pornographic , psychedelic book of quotations, and dedicated it to his mother. He moved back to New York from San Francisco in , which he admitted to his father only in , by which time he had decided to work on a "very long comic book". Will Eisner popularized the term with the publication in of A Contract with God. The term was used partly to mask the low cultural status that comics had in the English-speaking world, and partly because the term "comic book" was being used to refer to short-form periodicals, leaving no accepted vocabulary with which to talk about book-form comics.
Every chapter but the last appeared in Raw. Spiegelman was relieved that the book's publication preceded the theatrical release of the animated film An American Tail by three months, as he believed that the film, produced by Steven Spielberg 's Amblin Entertainment , was inspired by Maus and wished to avoid comparisons with it. Though Pantheon pushed for the term "graphic novel", Spiegelman was not comfortable with this, as many book-length comics were being referred to as "graphic novels" whether or not they had novelistic qualities.
He suspected the term's use was an attempt to validate the comics form, rather than to describe the content of the books. Pantheon later collected the two volumes into soft- and hardcover two-volume boxed sets and single-volume editions. It also has interviews with Spiegelman's wife and children, sketches, photographs, family trees, assorted artwork, and a DVD with video, audio, photos, and an interactive version of Maus.
In support of the African National Congress 's cultural boycott in opposition to apartheid , Spiegelman refused to "compromise with fascism"  by allowing publication of his work in South Africa. By , Maus had been translated into about thirty languages. Three translations were particularly important to Spiegelman: French, as his wife was French, and because of his respect for the sophisticated Franco-Belgian comics tradition; German, given the book's background; and Polish.
Poland was the setting for most of the book and Polish was the language of his parents and his own mother tongue. The Polish translation encountered difficulties; as early as , when Spiegelman planned a research visit to Poland, the Polish consulate official who approved his visa questioned him about the Poles' depiction as pigs and pointed out how serious an insult it was.
Publishers and commentators refused to deal with the book for fear of protests and boycotts. Demonstrators protested Maus's publication and burned the book in front of Gazeta's offices. Bikont's response was to don a pig mask and wave to the protesters from the office windows. Based on Vladek's memory, Spiegelman portrayed one of the minor characters as a member of the Nazi-installed Jewish Police.
An Israeli descendant objected and threatened to sue for libel. Spiegelman redrew the character with a fedora in place of his original police hat, but appended a note to the volume voicing his objection to this "intrusion".
Spiegelman, like many of his critics, worries that "[r]eality is too much for comics