Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
A fresh and brilliantly told memoir at a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a household funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.
This breakout book by Alison Bechdel can be a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel’s sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, it is a story exhilaratingly best for graphic memoir form.
Meet Alison’s father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer from the family’s Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a higher school English teacher, an icily distant parent, along with a closeted homosexual who, as it so happens, is associated with his male students and a family group babysitter. Read the rest of this entry »
FUN HOME A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC may be the latest work through the highly skilled, insightful, neurotic and wry-humored pen of Alison Bechdel, well known for her “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strip. (One in the longest-running queer comic strips, “Dykes to Watch Out For” is finished 20 years old, is syndicated in countless papers, released in over 10 books, and it is available online with the author’s website.) FUN HOME is Bechdel’s graphically rendered account of accelerating up in rural Pennsylvania inside the 1960s and 70s which has a particular consentrate on influences of her father`s life and death.
Beginning with a few of Bechdel’s earliest memories of her father, readers meet a person who was a smart, emotionally distant yet volatile, narcissistic perfectionist who struggled with secrets. Trapped from the town not simply of his youth but that regarding his ancestors for a lot of generations, Bechdel`s father worked inside family business, a funeral home (known inside family because the “Fun Home”) established by her great-grandfather inside the 19th century. In addition to his fascination with local background historic preservation, Bechdel’s father would have been a closeted gay (or bisexual) man who stood a string of affairs, primarily with younger men, throughout his life. Read the rest of this entry »