Winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize, Maus tells the story of Spiegelman’s parents during the Holocaust from the perspective of a son watching his father with all the frustration that accompanies it. All people are presented as animals as a representation of their nationality (for example, all Jews are depicted as mice, hence the name Maus which is German for “mouse”), an ingenious way to clearly show who is who in this story.
And Here My Troubles Began is the continuation of the first volume, subtited My Father Bleeds History, and is much darker than the first volume. The pictures are darker and the content is darker, but it’s presented in a way that make sit much easier to handle. Instead of inundating you with pictures of the Holocaust, And Here My Troubles Began is written like you are having a conversation with Vladek.
And Here My Troubles Began continues to be extremely easy to read, but, like My Father Bleeds History, although the pictures are small and in black and white, they still have an impact on you as the reader. Yet, in this volume, I felt like there were quite a few unanswered questions and moments where the story was left hanging, which is why I gave it a four.
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- Spiegelman, Art. Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began. New York, NY: Pantheon, 1991. Print. 136 pgs. ISBN: 9780679729778. Source: Library.