Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fun Home By Alison Bechdel

"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 idly distant parent and a closeted homosexual who , as it turns out, is involved with is male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and nicely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart form assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned "fun-home", Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as a homosexual herself in late adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic- and redemptive."

This book is actually a graphic novel. Alison digs deep into her childhood and analyses her life from a fresh point of view. She ran a parallel life from her father and embraced her differences while he chose to hide them. After his death she postulates that he may have killed himself instead of being a victim of a tragic accident. her relationship with her mother isn't really ventured into as much as her father. And nothing is really mentioned of her brothers lives. This book was given to me by a friend because she read it for a women in literature class in college. While I did enjoy it I don't think I would read it again. It was worth reading but when I tried to re-read it I couldn't make myself do it. I found Alison's lack of actual incite into herself through her father disappointing and expected a lot more well entertainment from reading it.

4 comments:

Amber said...

I've been wanting to read this for a while. I've considered it for my lesbian book club, but wasn't sure of the reaction it would get because it is a graphic novel, which tend to be seen as lesser-than literature. I'm disappointed to hear that the insights were short-sided from Bechdel, but I still want to give this one a shot.

Amanda said...

I might check this one out for my graphic novel challenge this year. I'll have to see what some other people say. If all the reviews are sort of lukewarm like this, I might skip it, but it sounds interesting from the plot synopsis.

Amanda said...

For some reason, when you were saying Alison for the main character, I didn't catch that it was the same name as the author. I had no idea this was a graphic novel memoir. That makes it all the more interesting.

Nikki said...

Oh yes that was the main point of interest actually. It wasnt a BAD book it just didnt live up to the expectations I had for it is all, when I actually read a graphic novel I expect it to be amazing just because I tend to not like graphics. You cant lose yourself in a graphic novel like you can in a normal novel.