Monday, October 28, 2013
For a graphic novel, this book includes a good deal of text. And that's in no way a criticism because Bechdel uses the text to tell her story in a very touching way. I was impressed with both the quality of the writing and with the quality of the images. I loved reading a graphic novel written by a woman as well - it was unique and insightful.
As far as being entertained, there were some moments when I felt like the story dragged. I had expected more about Bechdel's childhood in the "fun home" - her family's mortuary business, but the book largely focuses on Bechdel and her sexuality. It wasn't a bad thing, but it wasn't what I was expecting from the book either and I think it threw me off. A note of warning: the book does center largely around Bechdel's coming out and developing sexual identity and includes illustrations of sex acts that some readers may find jarring or offensive. I certainly don't recommend it to those who are put off by sexual content in books.
I think it definitely has its audience. If you're into feminism, coming out stories, twisted family relationships, and graphic representations, I think you'll be pleased. But I wouldn't recommend it to the casual reader who is interested in discovering graphic novels for the first time.
Posted by Julie G at 2:56 PM