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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison…

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006)

by Alison Bechdel

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There's a lot of I would love to say about this graphic memoir. First off, I must say I adore how the author decided to represent her father through the use of several different literary characters and authors that she believed her father saw himself as a part of. Admittedly, it was a little confusing at times, and it's quite obvious that Alison took her studies very seriously with the English language and the studying of worldly literature by the means of analyzing and interpretation. She came to many conclusions that I would have not come to myself.

The art, while at first, seemed rather simplified, actually slowly became more appropriate for this kind of story. The characters as they are drawn, don't seem to express very much emotion, but the intentions of Alison telling this story, was not to spill her emotions on the pages. Her intentions were to take all of her memories, diary entries, and stories told to her by someone, and place her father in the eyes of some sort of literature discussion group. Yet, it is clear when she expresses sadness and pieces of regret, it is also clear that she did not let these emotional tidbits control her thinking or largely affect her at all, if that.

As we know, this is a story focuses on her father. Other family members are mentioned, but it's not their time for this round. The relationship her father has with the family is complex, strained, and a lot of times absent. He wanted his children to be extensions of himself while he delved into his passions (restoration of their old Victorian-styled home, as one example); in other times, he wanted them completely devoid of his "other life" that didn't come to surface until much later in her life. Alison explains how she was given clues and hints to this secret nature, especially more so when she revealed that she, herself, was a lesbian. However, it was until just a few months before his death, did she learn of the truth and was only able to get out so much of her father before he died. While unfortunate, Alison also saw it as a chance to learn and strangely enough, build a connection with her father that she couldn't see before.

While we are limited to her brothers and mother with their thoughts, it does eventually come to surface that Alison and her father did have something in their familial relationship; there was an understanding between them. They just didn't come to this result until just before a tragedy fell upon them. ( )
  ShayLRoss | Mar 16, 2016 |
This book has already had a lot written about it. I should have read it years ago. In the world of graphic memoirs, it doesn't get much better than this. Frank, bitter, beautiful, and occasionally disturbing, this is the strange story of Bechdel's relationship with her father and the family home in which she grew up, told one plainly drawn panel at a time. Another comic that's not for kids, but might just be essential reading for everybody else. ( )
  beserene | Feb 28, 2016 |
Graphic Novel/Adult - Really emotional and interesting autobiography via graphic novel. Details the author's relationship with her father, a closeted gay man, her family dynamics, growing up in a small town and ultimately coming out as a lesbian in college. An in-depth look at her past and how her father's untimely death affected how she viewed all of her memories about him. Highly recommended. ( )
  chessakat | Feb 5, 2016 |
The author looks back on growing up with a distant father who was obsessed with restoring the family's Victorian home. Her lesbian identity develops over the years but it isn't until she outs herself to her parents as a college student that she learns her father has been gay all along. The book is her way of reconciling the father she knew as a child with the man he turned out to have been.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
An affectionate memoir of the author's life with her late closeted homosexual father and her eventual discovery that she was a lesbian. The medium of the graphic novel is used to great affect in the painting of a slightly unusual family and is presented with great wit and intellect. The fusion of memoir and comic book is inspired, and it succeeds in being one of the most notable examples of its kind. ( )
  hickey92 | Jan 24, 2016 |
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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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