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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

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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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (2006)


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I really loved this. I've heard of Alison Bechdel and I've heard of Fun Home, but I really had no idea what it was about other than a vague idea that it was about her rocky relationship with her father, which I had always assumed meant he was homophobic. I had no idea he was gay himself. ( )
  kyuuketsukirui | Jul 13, 2017 |
Another book club pick, another kind of ‘meh’ book for me. It’s only the second (I think) graphic novel I’ve ever read, and while I think I like the concept of graphic novels, I’m not sure. Given that this is supposed to be one of the best ones, and I just found it to be okay, I’m guessing maybe they just aren’t for me.

The topic of the book is very interesting: it’s about Ms. Bechdel’s relationship with her father, who died when she was 20. He presented himself as a straight man, but throughout this novel we find out more and more reasons to believe that he was gay, or possibly bisexual. He also ran the family funeral (‘fun’) home as a part time job. Meanwhile, Ms. Bechdel deals with her own childhood challenges, such as not liking ‘girlie’ clothes, and eventually realizing that she is a lesbian.

The graphics are really well done, and I feel like I understand the story Ms. Bechdel is telling. I also appreciate how many literary references she includes. But one thing that bothered me a bit and led to this three-star rating was the language. It seemed overly flowery, and took more works than necessary to tell the story. I recognize that is a specific style choice, but it’s one that I don’t usually like. I found it kind of perfect that in the very beginning she talks about how her father loved restoring their home to this really ornate building, while her preference was more sleek lines, metal, modern. In terms of this book, I felt like her words were the ornateness, and I was looking for something more sleek. ( )
  ASKelmore | Jul 9, 2017 |
This book was on the ALA list for top challenged books in 2015. I read this book for one of my MLIS classes. The book was alright. There was a lot of violence and graphic images shown. ( )
  Calabrom2 | Jul 6, 2017 |
I didn't look to see what this was about before I grabbed it. I remember adding it to my TBR list years ago when a professor of mine mentioned it, so I grabbed it when I saw it. It's about a lesbian's relationship with her parents, not knowing her father was pretty much gay for most of her life until shortly before he dies, her coming out, his death, etc. It's not something I'd normally read and I won't say I'm in love with it, but it's okay. I think the author did a fairly reasonable job and maybe in another life it may even be a favorite of mine. It's well written. It's just not my book of choice in this life. ( )
  Sarahliz2182 | Jul 1, 2017 |
Fantastic. A gay daughter writing about her gay father. Sex, death, coming out, literary allusions and a "fun" (funeral) home. It's better read than described. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 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.

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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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