_Maus II_

With the second graphic novel, Speigelman pulled out all the stops. He had already experienced the success of Maus, and he even addresses it in the book.

His character is conflicted about the book and his success, and of course the whole Holocaust.

But he Goes There. The first book was disturbing, but this second one went right into the camps and describes it. I found it really hard to read. I couldn’t do it straight through. It was just too tough to contemplate.

I certainly wouldn’t want a younger child to read this book without some adult interaction. The issues are just so disturbing.

I really appreciate that Speigelman didn’t try to tell us a moral at the end of the story, that he just told the story. He just told what he could about what happened.