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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006)

by Alison Bechdel

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EDIT: Abril, 2015

[Releyendo e a poquito. ¡Qué ganas de comprarlo en físico!]


Reseña Original: Enero 2015

Estoy un poco revolucionada, así que la siguiente reseña es un desvarío en pocos párrafos. Sepan disculpar.

"Not only we were inverts. We were inversions of one another. While I was trying to compensate for something unmanly in him. He was attempting to express something femenine through me."



Puede sonar absurdo decir que identificada me siento con esto, absurdo y cliché-- se me sale la voz infantil hablando soñadora, admitiendo esto. Pensé que había dejado las identificaciones en la adolescencia, que ya nada podría parecerme remotamente relativo a mi vida (salvo el ocasional personaje masculino que encuentro en alguna que otra ficción... si, suelo encontrarme en más hombres que en mujeres) y, sin embargo, lo que se dice y se muestra en esta novela gráfica es paralelo a mi propia vida (aunque sólo superficialmente la mayoría las veces).

Seguro esto que trato de explicar les debe haber pasado a las miles (de ahí lo cliché) de personas que se devoraron este recuento autobiográfico (y uso el verbo "devorar" porque se me hace la palabra ideal para describir mi experiencia con la vida de Bechdel y su padre... un sentimiento voraz, de no querer parar de leer, no querer parar de escuchar lo que la autora tiene para contar). Quien haya tenido padres ausentes/presentes, quien haya sentido descontento con los mandatos de género, cualquiera que haya buscado comparaciones en la ficción para aliviar o intentar explicar, a su propia familia (que, encima de todo, es precisamente lo que hace Alison Bechdel es Fun Home! Vaya casualidad!) va a devorar esta novela gráfica en una sentada.



Cualquiera va a ser capaz de verse en algún cuadro de esta no-ficcion ficcionada...pero no cualquiera tiene el talento para la poesía y la imagen que la propia Bechdel tiene. El refugio casi nostálgico (y quizás desesperado a veces) que la Alison adulta encuentra en las comparaciones que hace de sus padres con personajes de F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James; de ella misma en Colette y de su propia relación con el padre en James Joyce es sencillamente perfecto (sencillo y perfecto).



Y he ahí lo fascinante. El poder encontrar a sus seres queridos y querer entenderlos en los párrafos de otros (¿para sentirse cercana a lo que nunca pudo tener del todo?), es parte de su arte, su modo de luto, una declaración de cariño tardía.



Gran parte gira en torno a aquello que los hijos desconocen acerca de sus padres. Eso que cuando vas creciendo, vas suponiendo--presintiendo casi. Esos secretos que te duelen; ese descubrir que tus viejos son, al fin y al cabo, individuos, seres humanos que tienen una vida aparte de los hijos; cosas que, al entenderlas, el comprenderlas completamente es lo que te empieza a cambiar a vos, como hijo.

Bechdel sabe de esto. Por ello presenta dos visiones distintas: una ficción que abarca una cotidianidad un poco triste de ausencia paterna, y una dolorosa realidad. La primera, la vida en familia. La segunda, los padres más allá de los hijos. Las ficciones que ellos mismos inventaron en su descontento con lo que les tocó: el padre inmerso en sus libros, un homosexual reprimido (ante los ojos de la familia, la sociedad, pero no en la privacidad) y la madre multifunción, artista y ama de casa; ambos infelices, ambos ignorando a los hijos, a veces demasiado metidos en los sueños perdidos, los "tiempos perdidos".

Alison se ve en su padre, de algún modo se complementa con él.

Nosotros, lectores, probablemente nos reconozcamos en ellos también.


Me siento medio tarada, medio bastante incapaz de tratar de explicar lo que siento con esto que acabo de leer. Cualquier cosa que agrege ahora me va a parecer insuficiente, para nada a la altura y la fluidez de la prosa de Bechdel (ni que mencionar su talento artístico).

Así que voy a agregar nada más que es una de esas historias que te cambian un poco la vida.

IMPERDIBLE. A veces gracioso, pero más que nada triste. La historia de Bruce (padre) y Alison (hija) se empieza desde la incomprensión y la soledad, para terminar con un cuadro desgarrador pero al mismo tiempo, ya no tan solitario (al menos no absolutamente.) y claramente, basado en el entendimiento que en un principio causó tanta separación.

Una representación de los padres que nunca llegamos a conocer del todo. ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
This is a very different kind of book, and the first graphic memoir that I have read. It tends to flow nicely, and the story is engrossing at times. Yet, I did not feel as though there was much insight gained. Overall, I could have taken or left it. Yet, there is quite a bit of depth to it regarding human sexuality and self-discovery. ( )
  TiffanyAK | May 1, 2015 |
Interestingly enough, I have never had the occasion to read Dykes to Watch Out For, Bechdel's arguably more famous work. I picked up Fun Home based on her reputation, however, and was immediately absorbed.

Fun Home is a painfully intimate look at Bechdel's father, and, I think more importantly, of her fraught relationship with him. There are no easy answers or waxing nostalgic in this piece, but a realistic look at a father-daughter relationship. At one point, her father, who is gay, recommends a book to her that delves heavily into homosexuality; Bechdel, also gay, once attempts to open a dialogue with him at this intersection of interests, but there is a generational barrier that she cannot quite overcome. Far from being what binds them together, they find that there is a wall between them that pushes them apart.

With intelligence and often brutal truth, Bechdel seamlessly quotes Proust and Joyce, drawing parallels between her intellectual education and her own maturation and exploration of her sexuality.

There is a conflation of gender performance and sexuality which, while perfectly acceptable, is not always true, and it is important to remember that this is a personal account of Bechdel and her father, and drawing generalizations from one person's biography and autobiography would be dangerous.

The art itself, while never quite reaching any transcendent beauty, is beyond serviceable, and often reveals more than the words themselves. The very cover shows her father and Bechdel sitting on the porch together, a close family portrait. Closer inspection, however, reveals that he is looking away from her and nowhere do they touch: a physical representation of the distance of their relationship.

Bechdel is honest, ruthless, but never bitter, as would be too easy to devolve into with an account such as hers, and while her realism often fades into what feel somewhat like flights of fancy regarding the parallels between her own life and the literary influences surrounding her, her prose is so well-written that it is hard to find fault. ( )
  kittyjay | Apr 23, 2015 |
First read June 2011, second January 2014 ( )
  winedrunksea | Mar 28, 2015 |
To be honest, I picked Fun Home up simply because I needed a book with a LGBTQ character for Bingo and this book fit. An in depth memoir of Alison Bechtel’s early years, this book made me feel rather sad. Growing up with disturbed and rather removed parents, her life seemed to be played out in various shades of grey, not much color or excitement to speak of. Although Alison eventually “came out” to her parents, this was far from the focus of the story. Her father at that time was dealing with the fact that his wife had asked for a divorce and his own poorly concealed homosexuality. Her mother seems to be very self-centered and turn everything back into how it affected her.

I found myself rather irritated with both the stories and the characters. I feel like the uncool kid that doesn’t get it, but this book left me feeling rather depressed, sad and blah. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jan 31, 2015 |
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Bechdel’s style is straightforward. Her detailed drawings strive to present what she remembers accurately and with detail. The book is black-and-white with a blue-grey watercolor wash that provides depth and adds to the feeling of memory.
 
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For Mom, Christian, and John.

We did have a lot of fun, in spite of everything.
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Like many fathers, mine could occasionally be prevailed on for a spot of "airplane."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618871713, Paperback)

In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail.

Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the "Fun Home." It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

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This book takes its place alongside the unnerving, memorable, darkly funny family memoirs of Augusten Burroughs and Mary Karr. It's a father-daughter tale perfectly suited to the graphic memoir form. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian house, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned 'fun home, ' as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic, and redemptive.--From publisher description.… (more)

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