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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison…

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006)

by Alison Bechdel

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Those poor, stupid Duke students. Don't know what they're missing. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 9, 2017 |
Bechdel beautifully interweaves her family story with the fictional narratives that guided her throughout her adolescence, and which continue to instruct each of us in our struggle to understand ourselves and our fellow humans. She touches difficult subjects with sensitivity for each person in the story. She does not judge or blame others for their faults, and she acknowledges her blind spots. The relationship she had with her father is illustrated in all of its complicated beauty, allowing the reader to empathize with someone who, in the hands of another writer, we might have blindly despised. This is memoir perfection. ( )
  woolgathering | Apr 4, 2017 |
"I suppose a lifetime spent hiding one's erotic truth could have a renunciatory effect. Sexual shame is in itself a kind of death"

These two sentences at teh end of Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir sum up the theme of this funny, sad and ultimately poignant memoir of growing up iwth a not-so-closeted gay father and an indifferent mother, all the while living cheek by jowl by the family funeral home. Bechdel struggles with her own sexual identity, but finds tat her story is overshadowed by the high drama of her parents' lives. This was a great read. ( )
  etxgardener | Apr 2, 2017 |
This is the second graphic novel that I have read. It is very well done. This is exactly as titled, a tragicomic. The memoir is about family and it's secrets, about identity, serial and overall, about the tragedy of having good to hide one's self hood, about mental illness, and so much more. I felt honored to read such an open, forthright account of one woman's family. I personally believe that without humor life would be unbeatable, so I appreciate the manner in which this author tells her story! ( )
  hemlokgang | Mar 21, 2017 |
Review to come, sooner or later, hopefully, and hopefully sooner. ( )
  bookczuk | Mar 19, 2017 |
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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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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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