Oh my goodness. My heart. This book is so touching, so emotional, so real. I can‘t believe I waited as long as I did to read it. Just... wow. A story that needs to be remembered. Everyone should read this at least once in their lives.
Oh my gosh, what to say about this one. Spiegelman has created a heart-breaking story based on his father's experience surviving Auschwitz. I could hear his father voice and think he did a wonderful job. I'm using this to tick off the graphic novel prompt for my #readingwidelychallenge. This was my first graphic novel and it was a great introduction. I would highly recommend this one.
Today was my day to commute and I was so engrossed in this today I almost missed my stop. Oh my heart.
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Art uses his illustrations not just to tell the story of the holocaust but to tell the reader about his relationship with his father. It is this relationship that has book one ending on a traumatic note. In his representation the Jews are mice, the Poles are Pigs, and the german are cats. This makes for one crazy and scary farm yard. The black and white illustrations keep the stark subject dreary and fear inducing. +16 #TBRread
Do you like graphic novels? Until this year, I had never read one, at least as far as I can recall! I needed to fill the graphic novel prompt on my reading challenge, which I‘ll talk more about in an upcoming video, so I read A Fire Story and loved it. I will definitely read more in the future! From this pile, I‘ve also read Jane, the Fox, and Me but The Last Unicorn and Maus are high priorities on my TBR list.
Comics beyond their limits. How to extend the digging power inside you of a sharp narration with the visual trenchant representation of outside reality. And vice versa. Sadness, horror, fun, delight, disbelief are some of the opposite emotions this text arise in the reader.
It's hard to stop reading with such an enthralling story. It's not just about the Holocaust or WW2: the novel touches what it's like to live through the weight of a story that isn't yours. Every panel, even if all the characters had dainty mouse ears, felt genuine and autobiographical: weaving the horrible past we all know well with the worn present that, actually, holds equivalent amounts of truth of who Art, Vladek or Anja Spiegelman are.
Definitely a challenging read, but I like the graphic memoir format for tackling such intense subject matter.
“Marvel is a division of Disney and its chairman, Isaac Perlmutter, is a longtime personal friend of Donald Trump, donated to [his] campaign and serves Trump as an “unofficial and influential advisor.” Spiegelman‘s intro made reference to this fact and tied the origin of Marvel with its thin-veiled allegories about fighting fascism to the contemporary moment, comparing Trump to...Marvel villain Red Skull and dubbing him Orange Skull.” 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
There is a storm coming which means I must sit on the porch, listen to the thunder, and read a book. It‘s the only time it‘s bearable to be outside in the summer in the south lol
I found these books very challenging to read, but absolutely worth it. Think I tagged the wrong book - this is from volume 2. I loved that the history is combined with the author‘s experience dealing with his father and the frustrations inherent in their relationship.
As a military brat growing up in West Germany, we vacationed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. I had no idea it was a displaced persons center after the war.
This was assigned for my grad class in YA lit. It is a book I‘ve been meaning to read, & I knew I should. I should‘ve been excited to read it because I love graphic novels, but I am so burnt out on WWII books that I kept putting it off. I shouldn‘t have. It is an amazing work, & it uses the genre perfectly. This would have been too much, too hard in a memoir or novel format. The art makes us able to bear witness to atrocity. It is remarkable.
Book recommendations for #HolocaustMemorialDay
Sometimes you need to be reminded. You need to re-confront the details of the Holocaust so it doesn‘t get compartmentalized into the “that was bad” part of your brain and left there. This book is full of so much humanity - good, bad, and a whole lot in between.
We read Maus aloud in my 7th grade ELA class. Three students read the same part every day from beginning to end. I got them each a trophy. #TeachersOfLitsy
There's a goodreads group/podcast called "I Read Comic Books" (ircb) that does a monthly book club pick based on a theme, and this month's is a nonfiction comic and is Maus part 1. The book has been on my list for a while but I know it's gonna hurt. Still.... i'm glad I have a reason to read it. #comics #ircb #bookclub
Sad, poignant graphic novel (read as a teen many years ago) about the horrors of World War 2. Strangely enough using animals in place of humans works very well and made me feel much more for the main characters... Possibly because my brain distances me automatically from really processing the effects of the Holocaust on human victims. Been a long time since I read this but actually teared up.
I was very skeptical at first with these being graphic novels but wow was i wrong. I will never understand the hardships and shear pain that was inflicted upon the Jews during that very dark time in our history. These novels are so much more than just the graphic type. It gave you a look into the times and into the lives of so many amazing character's and their fight for survival. Two thumbs up for these for sure...👍👍
Heartwarming and heart wrenching, Speigelman so vividly brings to life the tension, desperation and desolation of his situation, it's so personal and real. The strife, humiliation and torture he endured and his resilience pure determination to survive maybe escape.to find his wife Anja after years of this.was profound. And touched me deeply.This was so good but so hard to read
Highly recommended. I'm speechless.
LOVED THESE GRAPHIC NOVELS!!! If you are a history buff especially WW2 then read these true account of a survivors story , cats are the Nazis and the mice are the jews, it's so good read it you will see!!!
It's hard to say I enjoyed it considering the topic of the book. This graphic novel is not only about what happened during the holocaust, but it explores the aftermath. The scenes with Vladek and his family were just as raw and tense as the rest of the book. You can feel the author trying to come to terms with his own issues through the writing of this book.
Not easy reading, but what book about the holocaust is?
Good morning Littens ☀️ you still can participate our discussion on Maus below 👇🏻
Under this post put you final thoughts for the book. Was it worth for reading?
Tag a person to whom you will recommend this book
We will announce our next date and read over the weekend.
Stay turned ❤️
When they are returning from the Catskills near the end of the story, Art gets very mad when his father takes a racist attitude toward an African American hitchkiker. How does this incident illustrate the different meaning the Holocaust holds for Art and for his father?
Why do you think Spiegelman draws the characters of his book as animals? Do you think this, and the cartoon format in general, is an effective way of dealing with the subject matter?
Rise and shine Littens ☀️ it‘s Aug. 8 time for our discussion about Maus.I would not ask you our first traditional question “did you like it or not” this time, because even if you don‘t like it,you still feel a good amount of sympathy to those who went through Holocaust.
Let‘s start with Art and Vladek relationships.Through those 👆🏻 panels which open the book that was your first expression about this family?How did it change through the book?
Why should you read Maus “the greatest #graphicnovel ever written” and discuss with us on August 8? Reason #4️⃣ more reasons in feed ??
Spiegelman,having survived a nervous breakdown got a gig in the underground comix scene. An assignment was 3page #comic,and he decided to unpack his parents' Holocaust. His father had survived Auschwitz;could he tap Dad's experiences, despite their differences?
"All I knew was: This is unfinished business,"
So this is the first time I‘ve ever made a tbr list for the month. This is ambitious for me, but I‘m working less and 120 degree weather keeps me indoors. I‘m hoping to surprise myself.
My first ever Graphic novel. I loved it. Critics have classified Maus as memoir, biography, history, fiction, autobiography, or a mix of genres. In 1992, it became the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize (the Special Award in Letters).