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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
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Mar 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: queer-stuff, reviewed, not-for-the-sensitive, nonfiction

Reading this book felt... voyeuristic. It's an amazing autobiography in that respect - as much analysis as simple retelling, a careful layer-by-layer peeling-back and examination of Bechdel's childhood and her relationship with her father. I don't really know what else to say about it, other than the standard things - it's well drawn, well paced, of course. But there are things that made me uncomfortable to see on the page for more than one reason, things that made me feel I was reading the diary of a confused fifteen year-old rather than the mature reflections of an adult woman. To say that Bechdel effectively communicates her own conflicted emotions is a vast understatement; she takes the reader on an immersive tour of them until it's almost difficult to distinguish her emotions from our own.

Look at me; I'm babbling and I'm doing it pretentiously, too. The point is this: while this book is not a comfortable read, nor a particularly fast-paced one, it's an engrossing study in the development of one person and, I think, well worth your time.
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Reading Progress

March 16, 2010 – Shelved
Started Reading
January 23, 2012 – Shelved as: queer-stuff
January 23, 2012 – Shelved as: reviewed
January 23, 2012 – Shelved as: not-for-the-sensitive
January 23, 2012 – Shelved as: nonfiction
January 23, 2012 – Finished Reading

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