Story telling and characterization in fun home a memoir by alison bechdel

After my second read, which took place a month and a half later, I noticed her desolate humor more clearly.

A life stripped bare

Or at least she thinks he did: The illustrations allowed us readers to see how one would act, react and interact.

Her layouts are also well composed, the center of interest in each panel is always clear, with an exception to the panels where she is presenting the details of a location rather than a character.

The simplicity of her one colour washes and tones adds much more clarity to her compositions. This is a video of Alison demonstrating her rigorous drawing process. And this whole exercize of drawing parallels between fictional and real life tragedies and pivotal emotional beats becomes too trite all too soon.

As Bechdel transmitted her anguish on her journal, she quotes one tantalizing sentence that stands out from the bizarre letter she received from her mother. Well, let's see, it's, you know, all right, good, yes, nods head, hummphs into beard, pulls earlobe, raises eyebrows, waves hands in a vague direction, shifts about in seat.

Again I cannot get over her attention to detail. It made me think, it wowed me with its language, and it definitely provoked a lot of thought about family and sexuality and Whitney Atkinson My life is such a hot ass mess right now that it took me a week to read this even though I loved it.

Her father drags her in his obsession. It is dense, fraught with m Patrick I've known about Bechdel for some time, but I've never gotten around to reading any of her work. Then the matter is dropped, and a few weeks later, he is dead. It was extremely per There's an exquisitely awkward passage, after Bechdel comes out to her father, when he tries to do the same to her.

She often adds labels in her panels that note brands, names and other details.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

The purpose of the comedy in tragicomedies is to lighten the mood, and the little things that Bechdel adds to the illustrations have the power to do so. Darth J Hmmm Although the short comic-book structured novel does have its sarcastic humor, Alison Bechdel explains her firsthand account of growing up with the difficulty of living of finding her true identity.

Alison is a lesbian. While Alison remembered some special, tender times, she rem While perhaps not entirely surprising if she added up all of the signs and clues she might have noted subconsciously, the discovery still throws her for a loop. The story of Daedalus and Icarus runs throughout, connecting the opening frame of Icarian games with the closing image of the author as a child jumping into the arms of her father.

Bechdel was operating under the assumption that the book would be read by the same audience as her fortnightly comic strip, Dykes To Watch Out For, about the domestic lives of a group of bookish lesbians, which has been syndicated in several alternative American newspapers for more than two decades.

This is like a literary fiction novel tucked into a graphic novel. The illustrations also showed Mrs. That it was his last great wheeze. I can't recall ever having read a graphic novel before, so in that sense the entire experience of this book was new to me. Shortly thereafter, she found out that her father was gay.

Sara I went out and bought this book immediately after hearing a paper on it at a recent conference.

A Family Tragicomic details growing in a cold home where all the occupants isolated themselves in artistic pursuit.

I made my mother and my brothers objects in my version of this story. Was it an accident, or actually a suicide. That it was his last great wheeze. And for another, it leads to a peculiarly literal cul de sac.

In life and in death, Alison Bechdel's father was a mystery even to his family. She tells Oliver Burkeman of her 'crazy and compulsive' attempt to make sense of his story in a graphic novel. May 01,  · It's a lot easier to write about a dead parent than a living one. Alison Bechdel's new "comic drama," Are You My Mother?, makes this abundantly Home, her amazing graphic memoir.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel tracing her journey from young girl to young adult as she comes to grips with her own lesbian sexuality, her father Bruce’s (most likely) suicide, and his secret homosexuality or bisexuality that he kept hidden throughout his life.

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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/5.

Story-telling and Characterization in Fun Home Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is a memoir in which she recounts her childhood in rural Pennsylvania and her father Bruce, who dies unexpectedly.

The story is depicted in a graphic novel and addresses topics such as sexual orientation, gender identi.

Story telling and characterization in fun home a memoir by alison bechdel
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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel