Books Completed: 77
Completion Date: March, 2009
Publication Date: April 18, 2009
Reason for Reading: Graphic Novel Challenge, New Author Challenge
In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail. Distant 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.Chris, Nymeth, and Vasilly all wanted to hear my thoughts on this book, so here goes!
It is sort of fitting Nymeth wanted to hear my thoughts because she was actually one of the reasons why I added this book to my wish list! The reason that I own it, though, is because I won it from the New Author Challenge hosted by Literary Escapism.
Vasilly asked two questions:
What did you think of Fun Home?
- When I read books like this I am always left wondering: What is wrong with the human race that people can write such depressing and revealing accounts of themselves and people flock to the bookstores to buy them? Does it make us feel better because we can always find an aspect of their life that is worse than ours? And, along the same lines, what makes people write such revealing books about themselves? Is it for their five minutes of fame, or some deep psychological issues? Like, really, why did I find myself reading a book about some random woman that created a graphic novel about her childhood, her relationship with her parents, her fathers' sexuality, her sexuality, and on and on... What is it about our culture that we need to tell everyone everything? Even if we are not writing books about it, look at the popularity of sites like Facebook, Twitter, or one of the various blogging programs. I write a post and I might say something about my personal life, several people read it and comment on it... But, why? What has changed in even the last ten years that people feel the need to be so impersonal. To hang their 'dirty laundry' out for everyone to see... It boggles the mind, really...
As to the actual question, I am not really sure what I thought about this book. I have actually being staring at the question for a few minutes trying to decide what I wanted to say. (That and my computer fan is making a weird noise that is just about driving me crazy!) The truth is, I remember what the book is about and I remember what happens in it, but I don't think the book is going to have a lasting effect on me. It was good. It was just not fantastic. I didn't find myself caring for the characters, it was more like I was just reading the book to read the book. I hate saying stuff like that because I am really not heartless... Anyway, this book is about Alison and her slightly dysfunctional family, but then, aren't most families dysfunctional nowadays? Okay, I did like this book, don't get me wrong!
Have u read any strips from Bechdel's "Dykes to Watch For" series?
-This answer is easy: Nope! Not because I don't want to, but because I never thought about actually doing it.
Not one of my better reviews... Did I mention the noise my computer is making is driving me crazy? I am going to go see if I can find some air and maybe that will shut it up!