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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison…

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006)

by Alison Bechdel

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O hype da crítica é 100% justificado.

Clássico-instantâneo. ( )
  Ritinha_ | Aug 26, 2015 |

An incredibly written memoir in graphic novel format. ( )
  LJMax | Aug 21, 2015 |
Probably one of the best graphic memoirs out there. The illustrations and text work together to create powerful storytelling.

Bechdel centers her story around her relationship with her difficult father, whom she loved despite his rages and eccentricities. Growing up with him as a father led to an unconventional childhood: first, in the family funeral home, where seeing dead bodies and playing with coffins with just another day. Then, in a rehabbed manor house thatt her father meticulously restores, not with his family's comfort in mind, but with aesthetically pleasing (and often impractical) furniture. Father and daughter clash: He, an impeccable dresser wants his daughter in fashionable clothes; She, more happy in boots and mismatched tops and bottoms. She comes to understand her in a different light as an adult, when it's revealed that he's been having affairs with teenage boys, and suddenly, his eccentricities start to finally have an explanation.

This shocking revelation, which Bechdel comes to know after her own coming-out in college, comes on the heels of family upheaval, culminating in her father's death by bread truck. This leads to a question that haunts Bechdel throughout her life: was his death an accident or suicide? It's interesting that Bechdel insists it was suicide, yet her artwork suggests otherwise. She's a fan of psychology and its theories on the subconscious -- I wonder if she's aware that her frequent drawings of the moment of her dad's death don't promote any indication of suicide? (They show him crossing the road, deep in thought, his vision blocked by the yard-work debris he is holding, corroborating the truck driver's claim that he crossed the road, was startled by something like perhaps a snake, and jumped backwards into the path of the truck.) So there's an interesting contrast between what Bechdel says and what she draws. All people who recall memories are unreliable narrators in a way; what we remember is so often tied up in emotions, and this is especially true for Bechdel. Perhaps she wants to believe he committed suicide as a way to reconcile why her father stayed in his small country town all his life, married a woman, and had children despite being in personality what Bechdel describes as an "aristocrat." Being gay herself, she may be perhaps projecting her own thoughts and feelings into what her father felt and thought as he lived a double life. Here, Bechdel does well to invoke references to Proust, with that author's metaphor of the two paths, and Joyce's "Ulysses," especially that delightful line about one character thinking about what the other character is thinking what they're thinking.

Reliable or not as a narrator, Bechdel brings a raw openness to her story that is compelling. ( )
  StoutHearted | Aug 12, 2015 |
Reread this about halfway through "Are You My Mother?" I just couldn't stand reading all the references to this book without having it fresh in my head. It's a perfect book and I hope she writes more, but I really miss Dykes To Watch Out For. (Yes, I get to say that. I bought *new* copies of every DTWOF book.) ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
Fun home is an autobiographical comic about the author's relationship with her father. They ways they were close and the ways they were distant. They way they orbited each other and complemented each other and contrasted each other and pushed each other away. It's deeply introspective and thoughtful and the art is lovely. ( )
  TPauSilver | Jul 4, 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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