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

by Art Spiegelman

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | August 12, 1986 | Trade Paperback

Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History is rated 4.4286 out of 5 by 7.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 9.13 × 6.56 × 0.46 in

Published: August 12, 1986

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0394747232

ISBN - 13: 9780394747231

Found in: Comic Books and Strips, General Humour

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I read this for a book report for school. If like myself, you are not a big history fan, I would not recommend doing this because I found myself stressing over reading the book and not enjoying it at all. Perhaps if I had read the book on my own time, I would have enjoyed it more. I did appreciate how well written it is though. Spiegelman really cut down the holocaust and simplified it which is great for younger audiences to understand.
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An ASTONISHING Tale.. "Maus I" is a powerful and awe-inspiring experience. I have never read anything quite like it, I have to admit. It's really hard to comprehend the term "page-turner" until you read this very unique and intense tale of surviving one of the most terrible times in history. Written in comic book form, Art Spiegelman tells the tale of his father's hardships and survival in the Holocaust. Vladek Spiegelman (his father) was a POW, but managed to sneak out of one of the camps that held him, only to later have him and his whole family thrown into terrible death camps. Uncertain of what tragedies they would endure or when they may be the next to be sent to Auschwitz, Vladek was always certain that they would make it out alive, no matter what obstacles were thrown in their way. This is a survivor's tale, as well as a tale of how a son tries to patch up a damaged relationship with his father. The account we are given is absolutely horrifying, but at the same time triumphant. I literally could not put this book down once I started it. It's a very fast and easy read. This is a great advantage because this makes it easier for those who do not read a lot to be able to read it without any problems. It's an important tale that needs to be told and it is one that needs to be read by as many people as possible. The Holocaust is something we should never forget and it's something that needs to be taught to everyone. This book is a great way to get people aware of the situation who may not know a lot about that terrible time. The comic book structure and style really makes the story work. While this is something I could've read in plain text or in a regular novel, the drawings help you experience just exactly what is taking place. It makes it easier for you to want to continue reading without forcing you to strain yourself. The style and structure also insures that more people will give it a chance and read it. "Maus I" is an important tale of survival, hope, hardships and family. It's a tale worth being told, that much I can assure you. If you have never read this before, I strongly recommend that you pick it up sometime and give it a chance. It is an easy and fast read that will give you an experience like none you have ever encountered. It may be a sad and terrible tale to hear, but to know that somebody can survive such a horrendous scenario like the Holocaust and come out of it alive just goes to show you how strong a person can be, both inside and out. It is an important tale that deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.
Date published: 2009-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just "Wow" So this sat in a box for about 2 years, which then moved to my dresser where it sat for another 7 months where this weekend I glanced upon it and said "I should read that" and that is precisely what I did. Honestly I don't know why I didn't read it sooner. The Nazi's are the cats, Jews the mice and it seems pigs and dogs are the other populations in the story. This innocently illustrates a Polish jewish couples struggle through Hitlers Germany from pre-poland invasion and how through careful thought planning and the occasional stroke of luck they survived, even being sent to Aushiewitz (spelling?!) and emigrating to America. It spares the brutality of some of the things that happened but tears at the heartstrings with the "human" elements of the story. The triumphs, the betrayals and those times of straight survival not to mention a strained father-son relationship. I have yet to read part II but I am sure that it will be just as enthralling as the first.
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought the comic today and within 2 hours was finished and will be on my way back to buy the second copy first thing tomorrow. It is so well written and true to life that I couldn't put the it down. If you really want to know how bad it was for jews in WWII read this comic or the Anne Frank story they are very similar. Just makes you think, what would you do in this situation? Would you be strong enough to survive? To out live your children (in some causes) to loose all your family? I am glad we in Canada do not have to make such tough choices in our daily lives...
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW!! THIS IS A BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK AND TOLD THE HISTORY OF MY RELEGION AND HOW HARD IT WAS BACK THEN. ALTHOUGH IT SCARED ME SOMETIMES, I LOVED THIS BOOK, AND RECOMEND IT TO EVERYONE OF EVERY RELEGION!
Date published: 2005-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "A Quiet Triumph" -Jules Feiffer This book is indeed one of the top books that I have in my collection. I many times find myself picking the book up after maybe watching a TV show or a movie about the war. I really enjoy the way it mixes the present and the past to make sound like the author used the exact words of his father's tale. It makes me feel as if the horrific things in the story have happened to me and not to Vladek and his family. It also moves me when I see some of the pictures and gives me more of an idea of what Art's father is really talking about. It also delights me to see the creativity he must have to think up having the jewish people be mice and having the germans the Disgusting people who killed the mice were cats. It give this book a nice ironic twist to it. I Love this book and I soon hope to own Part 2 of the story. I rate this book 9 out of 10.
Date published: 2001-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT!! AS SAD AS THE STORIES ARE ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. I BOUGHT THIS BOOK WHEN I WAS IN GRADE 7 FROM A SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDER OUR TEACHERS HANDED OUT. WHEN I READ IT THEN, I LOVED IT. ABOUT A YEAR AGO, I DECIDED TO READ IT AGAIN, AND I THINK THAT BECAUSE I WAS OLDER I TOOK IT TO A DEEPER MEANING AND IT EFFECTED ME MORE AND I UNDERSTOOD IT BETTER AND I STILL THINK THAT IT IS A WONDERFUL BOOK. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN HISTORY ESPECIALLY THE HOLOCAUST, IF ANYONE KNOWS ANY OTHER BOOKS ABOUT IT I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT THEM KAYLA
Date published: 2000-02-06

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

by Art Spiegelman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 9.13 × 6.56 × 0.46 in

Published: August 12, 1986

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0394747232

ISBN - 13: 9780394747231

From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

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.

About the Author

Artist and writer Art Spiegelman is a teacher at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the creator of Maus, a graphic novel that depicts his father's struggles in Hitler's Europe, and which earned Spiegelman a Pulitzer Prize.

From Our Editors

A unique and powerful tale of a Holocaust survivor seen through the art and words of his son, America's leading avant-garde cartoonist

Editorial Reviews

"Maus is a book that cannot be put down, truly, even to sleep. When two of the mice speak of love, you are moved, when they suffer, you weep. Slowly through this little tale comprised of suffering, humor and life''s daily trials, you are captivated by the language of an old Eastern European family, and drawn into the gentle and mesmerizing rhythm, and when you finish Maus, you are unhappy to have left that magical world."--Umberto Eco
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