Incredible. Get the first one, too. Read them back to back. Absolutely incredible.
For being written in comic book style this was a wonderfuly written account of a Jewish survivor from Auschwitz
A touching and powerful tale of the Holocaust. This graphic novel is one far above the rest. Pulitzer Prize winner.
Groundbreaking graphic novel. Worth a look for both historical significance and entertainment.
Awwwww...them NAZI Bas@#^&'s (Cats!!) - just like the original, it's a class act of telling the Holocast story (at least a small part of it) through the artwork of Art Spiegelman. The Jewish victims portrayed by the mice, the NAZI SS and others protrayed by cats...by the medium of a Graphic Novel - wonderful!
This review pertains to both Volumes 1 & 2 of "Maus", or if you like, "The Complete Maus". This was the first graphic novel that I think I've ever read. It is at once both autobiographical, about the author's life as a young man, and biographical in detailing the lives of his parents in Europe just prior to WWII and throughout the holocaust. I found this to be immensely addictive; once I started reading, I found myself unable to stop and very disappointed when I reached the last panel. I wanted more! In Spiegelman's depiction of the holocaust, Jews are mice, Nazis are cats, and civilian folks (Germans / Poles) are pigs. There is an enormous amount of symbolism in the animals that the author selected. I've read a fair amount of holocaust literature and I still found this to be unnerving and disturbing. I initially thought the author would not be able to adequately convey the emotions and tensions from a print novel into a graphic novel, but I stand here humbly corrected. This is a greatly moving work of art.