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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison…

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006)

by Alison Bechdel

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4Q 4P A/YA. This has been on my too read list for ages and I can't believe it kept passing this gem off! Alison Bechdel is a great story teller who gives readers an inside look into her childhood. Chronicled as a graphic novel we see the distant relationship with her closeted homosexual father, her distant mother and off beat life style. She has sleepovers at her grandparent's funeral homes and grapples with her own identity. Impressed by her honesty and strong voice, I couldn't put this down! The art in this book is simple and clean yet concise, added an intimacy to the story. A must read for Graphic novel readers or anyone who enjoyed memoirs and stories about family dynamics. ( )
  Tvickrey | Apr 14, 2014 |
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Alison Bechdel tells the story of her family and childhood through the lens of her father, guided by a cornucopia of literary references and connections. The story is told asynchronistically, jumping back and forth through time as Alison adds a new layer of analysis to her upbringing. The vocabulary and sentence structure is indicative of Bechdel's literary education and equally matches the intricacy of each drawing. Often times I felt that she was trying to hard to make connections between her life and the lives of those she read about, but the story is fairly aware of this, which helps to alleviate staunch triteness. I wanted to love this book because I like Alison Bechdel, but I can't say I loved it.
  feministgiles | Apr 14, 2014 |
I enjoyed every minute of it! ( )
  CaliSoleil | Mar 5, 2014 |
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  m2snick | Feb 19, 2014 |
Fun Home is an extremely well-done graphic memoir about the author's childhood and her complicated relationship with her father, who seems to have lived his life as a closeted gay man. Bechdel's own experience discovering her preference for women brings a complicated and understanding perspective to the contradictions in her father's life as he lives in his small hometown as husband, father, schoolteacher, and part-time funeral director. Her storytelling prowess and ability to bring literary allusions to bear on the aspects of her tale take this book to a level decidedly above many of its peers in the graphic novel category. ( )
  phredfrancis | Feb 8, 2014 |
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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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