- Capa comum: 232 páginas
- Editora: Mariner Books; Edição: 1 (1 de junho de 2007)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0618871713
- ISBN-13: 978-0618871711
- Dimensões do produto: 15,2 x 1,7 x 22,9 cm
- Peso de envio: 399 g
- Avaliação média: 4 avaliações de clientes
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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Inglês) Capa Comum – 31 mai 2007
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"Fun Home" is an entertaining and poignant autobiography of Bechdel's childhood. Her family owns a funeral home in a small town so her father works as an English teacher, her mother an actress. They buy a charming fixer-upper which her father lovingly devotes much of his spare time to restoring to grandeur often enlisting Alison for assistance. Much more, this is Alison's story of growing up as she starts to realize she is a lesbian, her coming out as well as learning that her father was a "closeted" gay man. Her father dies after being hit by a car and Alison wonders whether this was an accident or suicide, unable to fully express himself and his true sexual orientation. It is also about the unspoken bonds between Alison and her dad after she tells her parents she is gay --- she can never quite come to ask him about his sexual orientation and he never directly broaches the subject with her before his death. The illustrations only serve to enhance the development of the Alison and her family and deepen the emotional engagement with their struggles. There are moments of sadness, but more moments of joy and discovery to be found in this exceptional autobiography.
Fun Home is Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir of her life growing up. Fun home is what she and her brothers called the family-owned funeral home her dad ran. This was the first adult graphic novel I’ve read. (And by adult, I mean for grown-ups, NOT porn.) I was really surprised how drawn into it I was. I didn’t realize that characters could be so defined in the graphic format. I really felt for Alison, having to grow up with such distant, detached parents. Her pain and confusion over her father’s death jumps off the page.
The only way that Alison and her father relate to one another is through a mutual love of books and reading. Fun Home is peppered with literary references and comparisons that went completely over my head. Once again I’m pulling the “I was an accounting major so I didn’t read any classics in college card”. If you have, you may enjoy the references and Alison’s book will have even more meaning for you. However, I still liked this book a lot anyway.
There were a few nude drawings in this book, when Alison figures out she’s a lesbian and starts having relationships with women. However, Alison is a talented illustrator and they looked like works of art in my opinion. If the scenes had been described using words, they would have been much more graphic. I am applying Justice Potter Stewart’s “I know it when I see it” test of obscenity and this ain’t it.
As far as the homosexual themes in the book goes, yes this is a memoir written by a lesbian about her relationship with her gay dad. It’s a gay book. But isn’t one of the great things about reading learning about people who are different than you? Reading helps one develop a deep sense of empathy. Maybe you might even learn that people you once thought were evil are not. Maybe that’s a scary thought for some people and they would rather live in their insulated bubbles. I’m glad I’m not one of those people. However, I should thank the students at Duke for alerting me to this book’s existence.
Put Fun Home on your list of challenged books that must be read!
2. The story was so mixed up and repetitive that you don't get to relate to the author's journey.
3. The references to all the works of literature were sophomoric at best.
4. My most important reason for disliking this book is the author's total lack of sympathy for her father. As a gay woman she should have had an inkling of how difficult it must have been for him to be gay in his time. Yes he wound up being abusive, but it was a result of having to repress his sexuality and his gender identity. I get it that not everyone in that time repressed themselves in that way, but she expressed zero sympathy for him. Of course, she shouldn't accept the abuse, but at least understand where it came from.
5. There is no hard evidence that her father committed suicide, but she persists in assuming this. My sister committed suicide, and I was angry at her for it, but my predominant emotion was sorrow that she was in such emotional pain that she felt she had no other option. The author expresses little sorrow at her father's death. It's weird to read. This whole suicide part of the story just doesn't wash. Most people deny suicide, but this author insists on it. Weird as I said.