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Fun Home

A Family Tragicomic

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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
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"Such a beautiful book."
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This book was on a suggested reading list for a course I took at university, when I saw it on MA I figured why not buy it and see what it is like. It is such a great graphic novel. Bechdel tells the story of her growing up and relationship with her father in a realistic manner, jumping around in her memory as opposed to telling a linear story. The story is well-written and the art is simplistic. Great for anyone who enjoys graphic novels, memoirs or a good weekend read!

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A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books. This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, it's a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, 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 his 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 adolescense, the denouement is swift, graphic -- and redemptive.

Author Biography

ALISON BECHDEL has been a careful archivist of her own life and kept a journal since she was ten. Since 1983 she has been chronicling the lives of various characters in the fictionalized "Dykes to Watch Out For" strip, "one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period" (Ms.). The strip is syndicated in 50 alternative newspapers, translated into multiple languages, and collected into a book series with a quarter of a million copies in print. Utne magazine has listed DTWOF as "one of the greatest hits of the twentieth century."
Release date NZ
June 5th, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
Illustrations, unspecified
Imprint
Mariner Books,US
Pages
232
Dimensions
154x229x14
ISBN-13
9780618871711
Product ID
6084151

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