Maus, Vol. 2: And Here My Troubles BeganMaus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman

I gave this book 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads

Something about part two feels a little out of balance. In Maus I, the story is just allowed to be, but in Maus II it feels like a conclusion is trying to be drawn. Maybe that conclusion isn’t about the war or about his father’s life, but about him coming to grips with his relationship to his father and it feels forced. That said, the story itself is a fitting conclusion and still excellent, I just wish whatever extra bit was shoehorned in there had been left out, even if I can’t adequately identify it!

Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds HistoryMaus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman

I gave this book 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads

As indicated by anyone ever, this book is awesome. I can’t believe it took me this long to read it. I love that it is a memoir of the author and the autobiography of his father, that it is both modern and historical, that it doesn’t attempt to be the whole of the holocaust, but the power of a single story. I love that the author occasionally breaks the fourth wall and even lets you get a glimpse of the process of creation. It’s beautiful. I couldn’t put it down and immediately rolled into book two.