Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History PDF


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  1. Regan Regan says:

    4.5 Very very very powerful and I like that you see the relationship between Spiegelman and his father throughout.


  2. Carol (Bookaria) Carol (Bookaria) says:

    I am extremely moved by this book, it is as relevant and important today as it was when it was first published over 30 years ago, possibly evenso Maus tells the story of Vladek Spielgeman, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust His son, Art Spiegelman, is an illustrator and wants to write the story of his father s experiences during World War II The story is also of Art himself, the interviews and relationship with his father The story alternates between the present day interviews and shif I am extremely moved by this book, it is as relevant and important today as it was when it was first published over 30 years ago, possibly evenso Maus tells the story of Vladek Spielgeman, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust His son, Art Spiegelman, is an illustrator and wants to write the story of his father s experiences during World War II The story is also of Art himself, the interviews and relationship with his father The story alternates between the present day interviews and shifts into the past through Vladek s recollections The illustrations are straightforward and in a black and white style I highly recommend this book, it is a powerful and emotional story I am starting the second volume right away FINAL NOTE below is what I found to be one of the most powerful scenes in the book


  3. Diane Diane says:

    The Maus books were just as incredible as promised I was deeply moved by Spiegelman s story about his father s experiences in Poland and Auschwitz during World War II My ancestors are from Germany and my mother was a WWII buff our bookshelves at home were filled with hundreds of books about that war When I asked her why she was so fascinated by that period, she said she was trying to understand how something like the Holocaust could have happened Now I m an adult and I often read books ab The Maus books were just as incredible as promised I was deeply moved by Spiegelman s story about his father s experiences in Poland and Auschwitz during World War II My ancestors are from Germany and my mother was a WWII buff our bookshelves at home were filled with hundreds of books about that war When I asked her why she was so fascinated by that period, she said she was trying to understand how something like the Holocaust could have happened Now I m an adult and I often read books about atrocities around the world Even though they are depressing and soul crushing, I guess I m also just trying to understand how people can do such horrible things.But I digress Despite having already read a great deal about WWII, one of the things I especially liked about the Maus books was hearing how Spiegelman s father managed to survive His father was gifted at quickly mastering skills and being able to talk his way out of tough situations Those abilities helped him and his wife to survive the concentration camp Most reviews of Maus comment on Spiegelman s choice to draw the races differently Jews are mice, the Germans are cats and other Poles are pigs I liked the minimalist drawings because it kept the story moving and the focus wason the words and the meanings.I think this is a significant memoir of the Holocaust and would highly recommend it


  4. Will M. Will M. says:

    This is one of those graphic novels that everyone is telling the world to read Acclaimed as one of the best graphic novels out there My take on it is that it was really enjoyable and informative, but not the best While it was very enjoyable, I still had a few problems with it Overhyped in my opinion, but still highly recommended for me I honestly have no problem with the plot Straightforward and informative I m a huge history fan, and the topic of Nazis in general was nothing new for me This is one of those graphic novels that everyone is telling the world to read Acclaimed as one of the best graphic novels out there My take on it is that it was really enjoyable and informative, but not the best While it was very enjoyable, I still had a few problems with it Overhyped in my opinion, but still highly recommended for me I honestly have no problem with the plot Straightforward and informative I m a huge history fan, and the topic of Nazis in general was nothing new for me It s been a while since my last read of this certain part of history This graphic novel was a good way to refresh my memory It s still very unsettling that the Nazis were this abusive back then The way they tortured the Jews and such was very inhumane I know that somewhere in the world today, people are still being abused like this, if not worse Such a shame, and quite unthinkable how some people could be this cruel.The characters were not as amazing as I wanted them to be Some weren t developed enough I seem to have this problem with most of the graphic novels that I read I m not sure if it s the graphic novels itself, or the way the author describes them The whole character thing is a huge problem for me to be honest, because i m a reader who heavily depends on the characters for enjoyment I like a well written set of characters The plot thankfully made up for the not so great characters Artie and Anja were really enjoyable, but the other ones felt a bit dull.Oneproblem that I encountered would be the artwork I m very choosy when it comes to the artwork I know this aimed to provide a historical feeling, but it didn t work that much for me I didn t like the rough drawing and the way it was presented It could ve been done better Not a huge problem, but still something that bugged me from time to time.4 5 stars It s a solid 4 for me Hopefully the next volume would continue to be this good, or be even better I m going to rate the compilation of the two volumes separately after reviewing the second one Great way to introduce history to aficionados and also beginners Highly recommended


  5. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Extraordinary..If there was a Pulitzer Prize for the BEST ALREADY winners of the Pulitzer..Art Spieglman s books would be a very high contender.Point is The creation of Maus exceeds expectations which you might have heard through the grapevine Maus, Vol 1 My Father Bleeds.is painful, personal, brilliant..,and needs to be experienced first hand as all his books do.Then we might have a discussion still worse to come, is Vol 2 My Trouble Begins


  6. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    I don t read much Holocaust Literature nowadays In my teens and twenties, I read everything I could get my hands on on the Third Reich and the Middle Ages, as I had an abnormal urge to seek out the darkness in human souls I was repelled and at the same time, fascinated by it like people drawn irresistibly towards gruesome road accidents.As I matured, this urge to torture myself diluted, and I moved on towardswholesome stuff However, I decided I would make an exception with Maus becaus I don t read much Holocaust Literature nowadays In my teens and twenties, I read everything I could get my hands on on the Third Reich and the Middle Ages, as I had an abnormal urge to seek out the darkness in human souls I was repelled and at the same time, fascinated by it like people drawn irresistibly towards gruesome road accidents.As I matured, this urge to torture myself diluted, and I moved on towardswholesome stuff However, I decided I would make an exception with Maus because of one important reason it is a comic, or to use theaccepted terminology nowadays, a graphic novel.The comic is a seriously underutilised narrative format Like the fairy tale and the animated movie, Disney has corrupted it and confined it to a corner where it can only babble and make baby talk It is heartening to see it breaking out of that straitjacket and maturing in books like The Complete Persepolis and the this one The Jews are undoubtedly a race, but not human Adolf HitlerDehumanising the enemy is the first step towards eliminating them which is what Hitler tried to do with Jews and nearly succeeded In this book, Art Spiegelman tells us a story from that dark era a very personal one, that of his father yet distances us emotionally brilliantly by using Brechtian techniques The Jews are portrayed as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs and Americans as dogs.The story is delivered brutally, pulling no punches However, changing the characters into animals accomplishes two things by taking away the individuality, we are forced to look at the big picture and the race differences are emphasised so as to be insurmountable a Jew and a Gentile are both human beings, but a mouse can never become a cat So even when we are caught up in the story, the political subtext is never forgotten.A brilliant, brilliant work.BTW, a bigger review is up on my blog


  7. Maxwell Maxwell says:

    Re read September 5, 2015 I think I absorbed a lotof the story and its power the second time around It s really wonderfully crafted, and I can t wait to finally read the second volume because this one ends sort of abruptly First read January 3 9, 2014


  8. Arnie Arnie says:

    When I was a kid I read comic books mostly Superman The Maus books are the only graphic novels I ve read and I consider them masterpieces Mausterpieces Like Spiegelman s alter ego, I was a middle class child growing up in Queens NYC , the son of Holocaust survivors and couldn t communicate with my father when I was growing up He got it down perfectly It was spot on and ranks among the best of Holocaust related literature.


  9. Ariel Ariel says:

    It just didn t do what I wanted.I had high expectations, my friends, I had high expectations That might not be fair, but there you go.My biggest problem was the misused animals The book is called Maus The characters are mice and cats and pigs BUT NONE OF THEM ACT LIKE MICE OR CATS OR PIGS WHATS THE POINT In conversation with my friend Barry it came up that It s just cats chasing mice That s the extent of the metaphor He disagrees, on the whole. he actually quite enjoyed this we re b It just didn t do what I wanted.I had high expectations, my friends, I had high expectations That might not be fair, but there you go.My biggest problem was the misused animals The book is called Maus The characters are mice and cats and pigs BUT NONE OF THEM ACT LIKE MICE OR CATS OR PIGS WHATS THE POINT In conversation with my friend Barry it came up that It s just cats chasing mice That s the extent of the metaphor He disagrees, on the whole. he actually quite enjoyed this we re budding reading again, I never want to stop buddy reading with this boy , but regardless he saw my point of view I feel that there was great potential to use the animal characteristics to do interesting and inventive things, but basically they re just humans that look like animals.I have a few other issues I don t like the way the son treats the father that won t make sense unless you ve read this, sorry , and I haven t really been able to feel emotionally attached to anything apart, of course, from the normal sense of sadness that comes from thinking of the holocaust It s not terrible, by any means The illustrations are interesting, the story is interesting, and I flew through it I very much look forward to reading Volume II, but this just wasn t good enough Barry


  10. Kelli Kelli says:

    Oh my This book makes me want to read every interview with the author that I can find One article I read credits this book and two others with changing the public s perception of comics and potentially starting the use of the term graphic novel I have read only one other graphic novel the beautiful and brilliant Can t We Talk about Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast so I am tremendously under qualified to review this I m not sure what I expected when I picked this up but what I got Oh my This book makes me want to read every interview with the author that I can find One article I read credits this book and two others with changing the public s perception of comics and potentially starting the use of the term graphic novel I have read only one other graphic novel the beautiful and brilliant Can t We Talk about Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast so I am tremendously under qualified to review this I m not sure what I expected when I picked this up but what I got was a deeply moving story of one man s Holocaust experience that was masterfully written and drawn by his son Deceptively simplistic, the drawings allow the reader to be in the storyto see life as it was and then the changing conditions, the confusion, the horror, the bunkers As father and son meet and talk, the drawings seamlessly transition from present day into the past throughout the book, giving a sense that those memories were always near to and part of him I found it amazing how a well placed line or dash on the face of a mouse could convey age, joy, sorrow, defeat The drawings were incredible I m certain there are treasures to be found with each reading of this incredible tale.More than a story of atrocity and survival, this story reveals much about the author s relationship with his dad An old fashioned man whose entire history is heartbreaking and his son are divided by cultural and generational differences, estrangement, and misunderstanding of one another, yet they share the devastating loss of Anja and the need to understand her suicide The author s father, Vladek, is presented in a way that seems unquestionably authentic with character traits both endearing and frustrating Vladek s syntax and word choices make it so the reader can actually hear his accent, feel his escalating anger at times, understand the disconnect between father and son What a touching tribute to his father that Art Spiegelman has created in this presumably honest portrayal I cannot begin to imagine the atrocities the elder Spiegelman had endured, nor do I imagine it was easy to live with this man I fell in love with page 133, on which Vladek tells Artie he will be famous like Walt Disney There is so much conveyed in those few frames I was a junior in high school when this book was published We were required to read Night by Elie Wiesel which I re read and reviewed recently but up until now, I had not heard of Maus This was recommended to me by our librarian When I saw the cover I honestly thought she had lost her mind I stand humbly corrected I am running to get the next book, which is the conclusion I cannot effectively put into words how ingenious this book is 5 stars


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Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler s Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father s story and history itself

  • Hardcover
  • 159 pages
  • Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
  • Art Spiegelman
  • English
  • 28 March 2019
  • 0394541553

About the Author: Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman born Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev is New York based comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning comic memoir, Maus.