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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Paperback – 14 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; 01 edition (14 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224080512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224080514
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Bulging with literary allusions from Proust to Scott Fitzgerald, Fun Home is a book that demands to be read again and again." (Royal Academy Magazine)

"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)

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One of the most eagerly anticipated graphic memoirs of recent years, "Fun Home" is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Alison 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.

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