In the first chapter: Old Father Old Artificer, as she self reflects on her early years, she tries to make sense of her life (home, dysfunctional family and herself) in a light of her adult perspective. Bechdel was very accurate in elucidating her childhood reaction to things. Her writing seemed very nostalgic and bittersweet. A mood which remained consistent throughout the book. "It was a discomfort well worth the rare physical contact, and certainly worth the moment of perfect balance when I soared above him" (pg 3). According to what she felt at the time, obviously resonates in her words which helps the reader understand her more. Her thoughts. Her personality. Her feelings. As she dives into what she thrives to understand, the deeper she gets.
Here's a video of a "Reading and Discussion by a Graphic Artist: Alison Bechdel" where she shares her early influences and creative process to her work. I enjoy sharing videos of her because it clearly reflects on what type of person she is and also because you get to hear her voice and tone.
Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Print.
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