Author: Alison Bechdel
Pub Date: 2006
Genre: graphic novel, memoir
Bechdel creates a candid portrayal of her family life: fearlessly revealing all humorous idiosyncrasies and morbid compulsions. Oh, and topped with a sprinkle of pretentious literary allusions.
Bechdel's graphic novel, in ways, comes across as a cathartic remembrance of her dead father. It opens with her as a young child and ends with her as a young child, her growing up and discovery of Family & Self all interwoven within the pages. She presents her child neuroses in matter of fact dialogues: her counting compulsion in elementary school, or the post-modern crisis where she believed that all creation is perspective (thus forcing her to include an "I think" prior to any written statement) in her teens.
Her story is also interwoven with literary allusions, which seemed a bit overdone, and quite honestly took away from the story in many ways. It struck me as a psychological defense mechanism -avoiding the messy feelings of such trying life moments by presenting your life as a comparative lit assignment.
Fun Home was not terrible. It just lacked emotion for me, nor was I engaged enough with the author as much as I anticipated I would be.