“Fun Home”, by Alison Bechdel

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Graphic Memoir, published 2007, available from Amazon.

I tell people I don’t like comics or graphic novels, but really that’s not true. Tintin, Asterix and Pogo were among my best friends growing up, and as an adult I’ve stumbled over several graphic novels and loved them. But for some reason I have continued to bypass that section of the library and book stores.

Fun Home just blew that bit of bullshit clear out my intellectual attic window.

I’m not going to bother to review it. Nanna Prawn says all that needs to be said over at Tipsy Lit. Go on over, have a read, and then … don’t do what I did; do what I’m going to do. Don’t take it out of the library. Just buy a real paper, hardback copy of the book. It’s what you’re going to want to do anyway.

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About Belladonna Took

Into my second half-century and still trying to figure out what to be when I grow up. Born South African, naturalized American, at constant risk of losing my balance and landing ass-first in the Atlantic. A wife, a mom, a daughter and sister, kind of a grandma. Until recently a full-time dog rescuer, now more concerned with rescuing myself. User of dog hair as accessory, decor and garnish. Technical writer, strategic thinker, occasional entrepreneur. Voiceless poet and storyteller. Born again Christ-follower and former missionary schoolteacher chewing on some uncomfortable questions. Ignorer of rules, challenger of assumptions, believer in miracles. Skeptical libertarian, equal opportunity despiser of politicians and assholes. Gonnabe gardener, wannabe beekeeper, Monsanto-hating tree-hugger. Morbidly obese chocaholic, with a horse I don't ride because I might break him, and if not he would probably break me.

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    • I loved it, but was disappointed by the next one I tried, by Neil Gaiman. I talked about it a bit on my new book review page, which is on my blog. Take a look! And if you have any graphic novels you’d like to recommend, I’d love to hear about them! Thanks for stopping by…:)

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      • Have you tried Persepolis? About a young Iranian girl growing up. There is Apparently also a good film version but I’ve not seen it. Also try Maus by Art Spiegelman

        I’ve read one Neil Gaiman book which seems to be extremely popular and was disappointed… Wasn’t sure whether to give him another chance, but by the sounds of it I shouldn’t opt for a graphic novel if I do 🙂

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        • I believe I’ve read all Gaiman’s novels and loved all of them, except “Stardust”. That one started well but I rather got the impression he ran out of interest or time and just sort of zipped through it. But I was well and truly drawn into “Neverwhere”, “Coyote Blue”, “American Gods” and “Anansi Boys”, and I thought “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” was charming.

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