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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
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Jun 15, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: american, dreamy-adolescence, queer, graphic-novels, memoirs-and-bios, non-fiction
Read in June, 2009

Wow, what a gorgeous graphic novel & story. I haven't read many graphic novels (or even traditional novels, for that matter) that are so rich in symbolism or so tightly crafted. As full of literary allusions as this story is, maybe it wouldn't appeal quite as much to someone who isn't a total book-nerd. But I loved the way Bechdel uses Joyce, Proust, Camus, Colette, etc to build her own story about her relationship with her father, family and home. She's trying to negotiate a space between illusion and reality in order to understand these two halves of her own self. Which is, I suppose, especially important to do if you're someone living in the margins -- and might be the key to why she survived as a queer person living in a "straight" world, while her father sadly didn't. This book was just really amazing.
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