Of course, I had to read both... This one some how isn't as terrifying as the first. But it's probably because I can't even fathom how bad it was. Can you truly understand what hell on earth is like? Watching people die from pure exhaustion, walking over corpses, smelling their bodies burn. And constantly realizing that you're probably going to be next. If you don't come up with a plan, you're just like everyone else. Dead.
Stephen King you can keep all your horror stories to yourself. This is one of the scariest books around because it's real. This happened. People just “disappeared“ never to be heard from again. Family members taken away, people asked to pick a side with no knowledge of what each side meant. Hiding, starving, barely surviving in cramped terrifying conditions. What happens when the scariest monster you can think of is real?
I was worried about how those stark black and white illustrations crowding the page would effectively convey such an intensely personal history but it was perfection.
I remember this being around the house when I was a kid, & I know I flipped through it occasionally but I didn‘t decide to sit down & read the whole thing until it was banned earlier this year. (My library clearly needs more copies cuz it‘s been on hold since then!) I didn‘t remember this being a dual timeline story. Grounding it in the ‘present‘ really helped me connect with it by showing 2 such different generations‘ takes.
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After a school in Tennessee banned the book, I went out and purchased my own copy.
First graphic novel I've ever read (My husband teasingly would ask, "How's your comic book?", to which I would reply, "Oh,my Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel? It's amazing!").
With Jews depicted as mice & Nazis depicted as cats, this heartbreaking memoir about a son's quest to document his father's experience in Nazi occupied Poland deserves all the accolades.
This has been languishing on my TBR for years and I finally picked it up due the ridiculous banning in TN. Spiegelman‘s work is powerful and it‘s important to hear his father‘s story. The book is not only about the Holocaust though. It‘s also about the author‘s relationship with his parents, especially his father. I can‘t recommend this graphic novel enough.
Finished this and handed it to my 13 year old son. Hopefully it is something we will both enjoy.
I think I liked this better this second time around; I was paying better attention. Although the current day story in Part II didn‘t focus as much on Art‘s father and his 2nd wife, but there was still plenty happening in the “current” day with Art, his wife, and his father. We had a few more nationalities in part II, all drawn with/represented by different types of animals. Cont in comments.
I read this in 1999, 2014 and then again last month after that backward school district banned it. I never mentioned Maus II here though, so a late post. In brief, it‘s brilliant, surprisingly powerful yet again, and one of those books you can‘t help wishing everyone would read. What caught my attention this time is how secondary the actual story is, the Auschwitz story, and how much is about his relationship with his father, and his art.
A few years back, I made a change to only read #OwnVoices books when the topic is the Holocaust. Surprisingly, I hadn‘t read this one yet. When it was banned in 8th grade classrooms in TN, the state right next door, at the same time it appeared on Maya‘s curriculum, I knew it was time. We‘ve been discussing it this week, and the many parallels to my husband ms family history. Spiegelman recounts his family experience from his father‘s POV ⬇️
When I saw the news that this book was being banned I had to check it out. After reading it in a couple hours, I don‘t see why it was banned. The people that banned this book must forget that teens hear and see worse on tv and from their peers. This is part of our awful world history and it needs to be taught, not banned. I hope this book gets into the hands of the students where it is being banned!
The censorship of books is disconcerting. If you don‘t want to read something don‘t, but don‘t abrogate my right to so so. No earth shattering observations here but needs to be said. The only way a book can hurt me is if you hit me over the head with it. Apologies to those I didn‘t tag
Impressive. I ordered this as soon as I read the article about it being banned.
The fact that this is “banned” blows my mind (except it doesn‘t, because almost nothing can shock me these days). Graphic novels aren‘t usually my thing, but this is worth a read. It‘s heartbreaking but it‘s important that we hear true accounts of these atrocities lest we forget…
I bought this because it‘s been banned and I‘d never read it. I was never into graphic novels, but this is a wonderful, difficult, heart wrenching book.
My book video this week is a little bit different than usual - I combined the Teens & Adults into one video so I could talk about books that have been recently banned/challenged! This one is really close to my heart! ❤ Please give it a view and a like! I would really appreciate it! 💕 📖
Teens & Adult Book Recs: Recently Banned/Challenged Books:
My son has The Complete Maus so I was able to read the 2nd part of the story today. Matthew, who read this in the 8th grade and is now 22, and I had a discussion about why people would want to ban this. He may not be a reader but even he knows that banning books is stupid and that it backfires.
The 2nd part was just as good as the first and I still believe everyone should read this.
I read an interesting article with Art Spiegelman addressing the Tennessee school board decision. He had a few good points: 1. People want a “warm & fuzzy” Holocaust version of events. 2. The school board wants to promote a version where the Americans were the heroes and use that message as their focus on WWII 3. This was never about nudity (it‘s a mouse) or profanity but the resistance of facing the dark and evil side of humanity. #Defiance
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spiegelman‘s second volume focuses on his father Vladek‘s time in the camps. It‘s a brutal read, and as with volume one, we also glimpse the aftereffects. Surviving is a lifelong challenge. I can‘t stress enough how essential these books are to better understanding what so many innocent people experienced. It‘s within the pages of banned and challenged books, that empathy flourishes.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ When a book is ignorantly removed from a county in your state, the obvious move is take it from your shelf and crack it open. It‘s clear why this won a Pulitzer. Spiegelman recounts his family‘s experiences in the years/months/days leading to Auschwitz. This draws from his father‘s experiences and life after surviving the unimaginable. The black and white art and metaphoric animals are so effective in conveying the fear and brutality.
Love to see so many people buying Maus in response to attempts to ban it
I finally got around to reading these. I've had them awhile, but haven't made the time to read them. I'm glad I finally did. The people wanting to ban this book clearly haven't read it. Typical 😓 I think it's completely fine for 8th grade. What do they think is going to happen if kids read it? Are they going to sprout tails and start listening to the rock n roll music? I mean come on...
It's important kids learn about the Holocaust.
This is one solution to book banning ! People have to rise up! https://www.jta.org/2022/01/28/united-states/the-great-maus-giveaway-is-on-as-bo...
I'm so incredibly weary of the times. As soon as I see a copy of Maus in an indy we'll be adding it to our library for sure!
A report on the Maus debacle from someone who read the school board meeting minutes. Spoiler alert: these are the people who never did the assigned reading in the first place.
I read both books during a history course in college. Our final project was a 3 page paper on the books and the symbolism used in it. I turned in a 15 pages paper, and could have wrote more. I will continue to recommend this book to everyone and anyone. #bannedbooks are usually ones everyone needs to read.
A look at the current climate of book banning.
1 & 3) Absolutely; the tagged book is the perfect example. I doubt I would have read it but for the TN school board banning it.
2) I don‘t recall books being banned when I was a kid. Maybe that wasn‘t a thing where I grew up. My mom was and is a big reader so she‘d give me books that kept me reading well beyond what would be read by others my age. So I am fortunate censorship was not a part of my childhood.
1. Absolutely! I remember when the 3d HP book was being released, the series was getting banned & even burned (I lived in the south at that time.) That‘s exactly why I picked up the series.
2. My parents never restricted my reading. I read what I want. I don‘t really remember discussions of banned books. Of course, I also lived in my own little bookish world and was blissfully unaware of most things.
If you want to keep up!
In light of a TN school district‘s decision this past week, we‘re talking banned books. 🚫
2. I remember in elementary school doing a class wide project free will and control in The Giver. I still have my copy somewhere.
3. Tagged and stacked.
#SundayFunday Have a great day, don‘t forget to tag me, and go forth and read banned books!
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.