Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Book rating: 04 Paperback Mariner Books

By (author) Alison Bechdel

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  • Publisher: Mariner Books,US
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 15mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 0618871713
  • ISBN 13: 9780618871711
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,475

Product description

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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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. "

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By Maria Guajardo (GABY) 01 Jul 2014 4

Lately I've been reading a few graphic novels and comics, very simple and light. But Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is another level. Family drama. Death. Suicide. Homosexuality. This graphic novel tells the story about what is was to the author, Alison Bechdel, growing up in these circumstances.

It wasn't what I was expecting, I read the spanish edition and the cover is very bright. Maybe that's why I expected something light. But I get why it's considered a great graphic novel! It's very realistic...it must have been hard to write about her life. I read the first chapter and didn't really get me at first, but a few days later I started reading it again because I was curious and finish it in only a couple of hours.

Totally recommended to anyone who wants to read a realistic and deep graphic novel. I'd like to read more from this author.

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"A revelation ... feels like a true literary achievement, something with characters who baffle and disappoint and break hears the way people do in life and in the best of prose."

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In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship...