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EPUB Ü Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic í In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late fatherDistant 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 I just re read Fun Home A Family Tragicomic for my class on YA Graphic Novels with strong girl characters A celebrated memoir, made into a Tony award winning musical One of the best comics projects of all time Meticulously wrought, with attention to every single detail in every single panel, this memoir reveals itself fairly early on as a dual coming out story of Bechdel and her father To say when these events take place would be the spoiler, in this storythan the fact of those admi I just re read Fun Home A Family Tragicomic for my class on YA Graphic Novels with strong girl characters A celebrated memoir, made into a Tony award winning musical One of the best comics projects of all time Meticulously wrought, with attention to every single detail in every single panel, this memoir reveals itself fairly early on as a dual coming out story of Bechdel and her father To say when these events take place would be the spoiler, in this storythan the fact of those admissions To say that it is an accomplished work of art and memorable story is not to say that any of the members of Bechdel s family are warm and inviting to the contrary, the often blisteringly candid tone with which she tells her story reveals that none of the Bechdels are easy to get along with well, her brothers are very peripheral to this story, which leads me to suspect they were not all that interested in being talked about in their sister s story , including Bechdel.Bechdel known also for the Bechdel test, an inquiry into how long a book film can go without women talking about men was first famous for her serialized and now lovingly collected Dykes to Watch Out For comic strips, which I read as a straight teenager in alternative rags as I grew up in conservative Grand Rapids, Michigan, my introduction to one warm and political and funny glbtq world Fun Home focuses on Bechdel s relationship with her father she has since produced a very different book about her mother, Are You My Mother which is also remarkable, insightful, accomplished.Fun Home is also very literary, as Alison and her Dad shared books with each other, so the literary references keep on coming, which as an English teacher type I loved The title comes from the fact that Bechdel s high school English father also worked part time in the funeral parlor he inherited from his own father, a funeral parlor they also lived in, making ironic the idea of a fun home, though it is also clear any home with this family would have been something less than fun But honesty begets admiration, not cuddles, as with Spiegelman s Maus and other comics It s not about making nice it s about making truth, and making it beautifully and clearly Amazing classic.Bechdel test interview with Bechel images so you can see how meticulous Bechdel is with the art, but she is as meticulous with the telling THIS JUST IN P BRYANT FAILS HIP GRAPHIC NOVEL TESTFun Home, a cripplingly hip graphic novel, is.Yes It s.YES Well, let s see, it s, you know, all right, good, yes, nods head, hummphs into beard, pulls earlobe, raises eyebrows, waves hands in a vague direction, shifts about in seat You know Don t get me wrong It was good Yes Cool, clever, really hip, I mean, really, as far as I can tell, my hipometer needs a new battery I think it was not the least bit funny, but that s not such a THIS JUST IN P BRYANT FAILS HIP GRAPHIC NOVEL TESTFun Home, a cripplingly hip graphic novel, is.Yes It s.YES Well, let s see, it s, you know, all right, good, yes, nods head, hummphs into beard, pulls earlobe, raises eyebrows, waves hands in a vague direction, shifts about in seat You know Don t get me wrong It was good Yes Cool, clever, really hip, I mean, really, as far as I can tell, my hipometer needs a new battery I think it was not the least bit funny, but that s not such a bad thing, andStares at ceiling.Has sudden thought.Hey, you don t think Alison Bechdel will read this do you, she s not one of those Goodreads authors who suddenly jump up like a damned jack in a box and scare the jesus out of you and tell you they devoted five years of hard graft to this work you ve justor less sneered at and damned with the faintest possible praise, I really hope not, that s not happened to me yet but I know it s happened to a few of you and it s not pretty, some of you were mildly traumatised, I saw it with my own eyes, you had to be led away to a quiet good place with a small cat to stroke.So Fun Room It was all sweetly sad and worthy, painfully so, all about Alison s father who was this closet gay or bi living the whole of his life in a small Pennsylvanian town So his temperament ran towards the dour and repressed and the sublimating everything into his house restoration and then lo shazam Alison figures this out and also double shazamthat she herself is gay, and then they become a lot closer and then stuff happens but not that much stuff I wantedstuff I m unreasonable.I read books for stuff, you know Reading Fun Home A Family Tragicomic put me in the same irritated and impatient mood experienced when reading Toni Morrison s The Song of Solomon in high school both books feel like major wank offs to the writers cumulative reading endeavors To put it in less crude terms, both books overflow with self conscious references to classic literature both use The Odyssey in a major way However, this is not a review of The Song of Solomon, so I suppose I will set aside that grudge for now.This is Reading Fun Home A Family Tragicomic put me in the same irritated and impatient mood experienced when reading Toni Morrison s The Song of Solomon in high school both books feel like major wank offs to the writers cumulative reading endeavors To put it in less crude terms, both books overflow with self conscious references to classic literature both use The Odyssey in a major way However, this is not a review of The Song of Solomon, so I suppose I will set aside that grudge for now.This is how I feel any person, no matter how mediocre his her life might be perceived, can be made into a great story The key to this is good writing, and although Bechdel s writing is ORNAMENTAL, it s not engaging She doesn t make me care about her, and I care only a little bit about her dad, whom the book focuses on The constant literary references Joyce, Camus, Proust, Wilde, etc do not impress me and they do not enrich the story she is telling Bechdel continuously draws parallels to anything and everything literary Comparing the map in The Wind in the Willows to a map of her local terrain is one thing comparing her first act of performing cunnilingus to entering Homer s cave of Polyphemus made me groan out loud Bechdel also uses dictionary definitions as an ongoing motif, a cliche that ALWAYS annoys me orgasm or gaz um what is an orgasm what does it mean in the context of my own life Let s examine this word and blah blah blah blah bitchy paraphrasing I will say I have never been a fan of Dykes to Watch Out For or Alison Bechdel s drawing style in general and my enjoyment of a comic, as is typical, is largely derived from the visual component , so it is unfair to complain about that here it s a matter of taste However, if the facial expressions were rendered differently, and if Bechdel shook out the masturbatory references and word definitions, she might have sold me But no Having never felt much inclination toward the graphic novel genre, I accepted a copy of Fun Home by Alison Bechdel on loan only because a coworker promised that I could finish it in one hour and forty minutes almost precisely the amount of time it would take to travel from the office to my home in Connecticut, where I had plans to spend the weekend.One hour and fifty five minutes later, when my mom pulled in her mini van, I was close to the end, but not there yet I m a slow reader But Fun Hom Having never felt much inclination toward the graphic novel genre, I accepted a copy of Fun Home by Alison Bechdel on loan only because a coworker promised that I could finish it in one hour and forty minutes almost precisely the amount of time it would take to travel from the office to my home in Connecticut, where I had plans to spend the weekend.One hour and fifty five minutes later, when my mom pulled in her mini van, I was close to the end, but not there yet I m a slow reader But Fun Home is also a book that demands patient, meticulous study I examined every illustration, looking for the visual details that Alison, a cartoonist, has tucked in, here and there Hidden like easter eggs, there are amusing details meant to be discovered on particularly grim pages Alison can also make the most simplistic details Road Runner on the TV period cars recurring appearances of the Sun Beam Bread logo realistic, melancholy, and heartrending all at once.And the story itself, the misery and the humor of the characters, the events, and the time period, must be thoughtfully digested The book is divided into seven chapters, each based on a different theme in the author s childhood and young adult life Each one on its own could be a personal essay about overcoming an unusual hardship, but the episodes are tied together by recurring moments the scene in which Alison learns her father s deepest darkest secret over the phone the stack of literature on homosexuality that grows and grows on her nightstand in college her father writing letters to her mother from his bunk during the war and references to classic literature that are carefully, artfully implemented and never daunting.As a memoir, Fun Home is beautifully arranged and as honest and unapologetic as they come Alison writes and draws as if she is still putting together the pieces as she does so, and closes the book with the impression that the story is not over Which of course, it is not, since the author, her two brothers, and their mother, all survive the father they never had and then lost Fun Home illustrates the fact that we never truly escape the legacies of our parents and never completely outgrow our childhood experiences Alison wrote a note in the Advance Readers Edition, which I read, in which she notes the actual documentary truth as recorded in diaries, letters, clippings and photographs from her childhood was almost always richer andsurprising than the way she had remembered a particular event In Fun Home, Alison does not just explore the far reaches of her memory She revisits it as if seeing it all happen again, literally, graphically, for the first time