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Fun Home (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Alison Bechdel

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Title:Fun Home
Authors:Alison Bechdel
Info:Jonathan Cape (2006), Edition: Second Printing, Paperback, 240 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (2006)

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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 |
Well drawn and well written memoir of the author's preteen to college years. Growing up in the same small Pennsylvania town her dad grew up in, they live in the big old house her father has perfectly styled--everything must be perfectly perfect, style, taste, looks, etc.

The author realizes she is a lesbian, and after coming out to her parents while she is away at college, she learns more about her father. Yes, he is a small town lawyer/house restorer/funeral home director (the Fun Home) who came back when his mother was sick. Yes he teaches occasional classes. Yes he is obsessed with architectural style and design, and gardening. Yes he always had young male students around when Alison and her brothers were young (babysitters, workers). Yes he went to court for buying a 17-year-old beer. Her father is bisexual/homosexual himself--and seems to think she has known.

Very interesting book about finding yourself, and then learning that things you thought were true were actually quite different. ( )
  Dreesie | Jan 28, 2017 |
A moving, sad, funny look at graphic novelist and cartoonist Alison Bechdel's life. The GN illustrations and format are perfect for this story. So well done, and sprinkled throughout with brilliant literary connections. Focusing on family, in particular her difficult relationship with her father, and her exploration of her own sexual orientation, this is an amazing book. ( )
  Berly | Jan 11, 2017 |
Heartbreaking graphic memoir. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 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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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:09 -0400)

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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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