Fun Home : : a Family Tragicomic
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Deconstructing Yourself submitted by jaegerla on April 16, 2011, 10:55am This is really something. It's a great touch how she incorporates so many author's works into her life story. Like using literary analysis on your own memoir.
Intertextuality submitted by prlhw on June 18, 2012, 5:36pm There are a ton of great references in this book to other awesome works of liteature, and Alison does a wonderful job weaving them all together to tell her and her father's story. Truly an amazing book!
Great submitted by nicole on June 18, 2013, 4:00pm So many great book references. The first page has a copy of Anna Karenina drawn partially into a frame, and the entire story reflects a lot of themes from that book as well. That sort of reference is constant and I got nerdily excited every time I picked up on one.
Growing Up Gay
submitted by Jen Chapin-Smith on July 23, 2013, 9:53am
Alison Bechdel, most famous for her comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" tells her coming-of-age and coming-out story in this first of two graphic novels. "Fun Home" (which is short for "funeral home," as her parents ran the town's funeral home) tells the story of her parents' unhappy marriage and all the homophobia and other problems Alison and her siblings dealt with as children.
Most of the book takes place in a small town in the 1950s and 1960s, with the occasional trip to New York City. This includes a visit to Greenwich Village shortly after the Stonewall uprising. Bechdel re-creates the famous image of the window on which the Mattachine Society wrote a plea for peace.
As she comes out, Alison learns far more about herself and her family than she ever wanted to know. The plot includes quite a few unexpected twists.
While it's called a "tragicomedy" the book is mostly sad, with the occasional joke. So, be prepared for a few tears.
Family is complicated submitted by Judeyblu on July 29, 2016, 9:18pm The memoir is the basis for the award-winning Broadway show.
Big Reputation submitted by Meginator on August 24, 2017, 9:21am I came into Fun Home expecting something a bit different than it was, probably because of its reputation. It's a fine graphic memoir and I'm glad that it has touched many people so deeply, but I couldn't really relate to Bechdel's struggles, even the ones that I shared. I can appreciate the artistry and the deep personal introspection that went into creating this work and admire Bechdel's creativity and craft; this is a beautifully drawn book and the illustrations are fundamental to understanding the story. Overall, this book was not for me but I recognize its potential and importance.
Interesting submitted by satz on July 3, 2018, 12:33pm This was a really complex and interesting book. It was cool how the author depicted her own life experience through other literary works. This book is one that deserves a second read.