Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fun Home

I picked up Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home on a whim. I had heard good things about it and even purchased it once before as a gift for someone else. As Todd and I were wandering through the Village the night of his birthday, we were pulled in by the siren call of a used bookstore. You all know I can barely resist used bookstores even with all my defenses up. This particular night I was weakened by several alcoholic drinks and the excuse of buying Todd an impromptu used book birthday present. I also walked out of there with a couple of things for myself, of course; so much for his birthday being all about him!

I comfort myself with the fact that at least I spent my money on good books. Bechdel’s account of her slightly bizarre childhood is an incredible read. It’s also told in graphic novel form. This is my first ever graphic novel, and what a great one to lose my G.N. virginity to! Bechdel explores her own sexual awakening, her family’s dynamic and father’s homosexuality, life in a funeral home, and much, much more with humor and heart. Her black and white artwork is so rich that she can be succinct with her words. She chooses all the right ones and gives her readers a real treat. I loved this book and have added her The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For to my wish list.


Tina said...

I think I'm going to have to pick this one up. I'm waking up to my g.n addiction. :)