September 27, 2006

Booklog: Fun Home

Filed under: booklog — ted @ 5:03 pm


Fun Home
Alison Bechdel
Read: 9.24.06
Rating: Excellent

I agree with the general tenor of reviews I’ve read on Library Thing: this book is lovely — quite the masterpiece. Fun Home is one of finest combinations of literature and art I have ever encountered. Bechdel’s simple, elegant drawings allow the reader to enter into her family and their house, and her use of “mixed media” gives the comic an authentic, historic feel.

Most impressive to me is the way Bechdel weaves literature and mythology into her book: comparing her father to F. Scott Fitzgerald, and telling her story of sexual discovery through literature. For some people, life and literature are deeply intertwined: this, contrary to much of what we’ve been told, is cause for celebration, not shame — and this is something Bechdel understands deeply.


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