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Fun Home : A Family Tragicomic - Alison Bechdel

Fun Home

A Family Tragicomic

Paperback

Published: 14th September 2006
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"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 the 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 adolescence, the denouement is swift . . . graphic . . . and redemptive.

"It is a pioneering work, pushing two genres (comics and memoir) in multiple new directions, with panels that combine the detail and technical proficiency of R. Crumb with a seriousness, emotional complexity and innovation completely its own... A comic book for lovers of words! Bechdel's rich language and precise images combine to create a lush piece of work - a memoir where concision and detail are melded for maximum, obsessive density" New York Times "Bechdel's memoir offers a graphic narrative of uncommon richness, depth, literary resonance and psychological complexity ... shares [much] in spirit with the work of Mary Karr, Tobias Wolff, and other contemporary memoirists of considerable literary accomplishement" Kirkus Reviews "The recursively told story, which revisits the sites of tragic desperation again and again, hits notes that resemble Jeanette Winterson at her best... She's made a story that's quiet, dignified and not easy to put down" Publishers Weekly "One of the very best graphic novels ever" Booklist "A brilliant, bleakly hilarious memoir in comic-book form" Time

ISBN: 9780224080514
ISBN-10: 0224080512
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 14th September 2006
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 14.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1