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by Alison Bechdel

Category: Graphic Novels
Subcategory: Graphic Novels
Author: Alison Bechdel
ISBN: 0544002237
ISBN13: 978-0544002234
Language: English
Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (April 2, 2013)
Pages: 304
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Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama is a graphic memoir written and illustrated by Alison Bechdel. The book is a companion piece to her earlier work, Fun Home.

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama is a graphic memoir written and illustrated by Alison Bechdel. While Fun Home dealt with Bechdel's relationship with her father, Are You My Mother? is about her relationship with her mother. Bechdel interweaves memoir with psychoanalysis and exploration of various literary works, particularly Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year. In this brilliantly told graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning her complex relationship with her mother—a voracious reader and passionate amateur actor, a woman whose creative aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel’s childhood.

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Jun 21, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor.

Overview: From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be. Год: 2013. Издание: 1. ed. Издательство: Mariner Books.

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The Are You My Mother? book tour is from May to June 2012. Thursday May 10, Los Angeles Los Angeles Public Library, 7pm Format: On-stage interview with Deborah Vankin Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library 630 W. Fifth Street. Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.

A Comic Drama) By - Alison Bechdel Download or Read Ebooks for FREE Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf.

A Comic Drama) By - Alison Bechdel Download or Read Ebooks for FREE. From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time magazine?s №1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to b. lison Bechdel?s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf.

A Comic Drama, she delved into her relationship with her mother. In this book, Bechdel imbues the memoir with psychoanalysis. There are seven chapters in Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel graphic novel. She also explores a range of literary works, predominantly the work of Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse. The main similarity and connection between her two big works are the connection she had with her parents and lesbianism. Bechdel opens and introduces each of the chapters introduced with a description of a dream she had. Using psychoanalysis, she makes interpretation of the dream.

Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, her remarkable graphic memoir about her father, established itself immediately as a classic of the genre, being chosen as TimeMagazine's Best Book of the Year for 2006, while The Timescalled it 'a profound and important book'. Now Bechdel has written another memoir, equally rich and funny, about her mother

From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.
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Thabel
A story about a dead parent has a beginning and an end. A story about a living parent is quite a different thing, especially if you know the parent will be reading the story and you're invested in their response. With all that, I am astonished and in awe of Bechdel's courage - not just to reveal herself so intimately, but to do the same for her relationship with her mother.

This is not Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic 2. It's much more complicated and diffuse. Bechdel's story about her father felt complete and symmetrical. This is much more distant and intellectual with the trailing off nature inherent to a story about two living people who continue to interact. Again and again we return to the image of Bechdel reading in this book . . . reading books about psychoanalysis, reading old correspondence between her parents, even reading transcripts of telephone conversations between her mother and herself (she would type what her mother was saying during the calls). She relates to her mother through reading and this central image tells us more about the brokenness of the relationship than anything else. Her mother, in return, will tell her about stories she reads in the New York Times that make her point instead of saying directly what it is she wants to say. There is little that is tactile or intimate about their relationship. The reader winds up thinking their way through the book in the same way that Bechdel has thought through her relationship with her mother.

In Fun Home, Bechdel used literature, concepts of sexual identity, and even mythology to explore and illuminate her relationship with her father. In this book, despite the forays into the work of Virginia Woolf (which, while interesting, seem to fit least easily into what is going on), she uses mainly the language and insights of psychoanalysis and therapy to explore the ways in which her mother has hurt and empowered her. And while this book lacks none of the detailed hyperfocus on her own particular past that one would expect, it comes across as a much more universal story than Fun Home . . . about the ways in which our mothers, in general, hurt and empower us - even if the specifics of our relationships with our mothers vary from hers.

Despite Bechdel's willingness to dig deep into her own emotions, the intellectualized nature of her relationship with her mother kept me at a distance for most of the book. The book engaged my brain quite deeply (there are a few exceptions that are moving, such as the scene about midway through the book when, as a young woman, she hangs up on her mother during a telephone conversation). Then, in the last few pages, it felt as if everything came together emotionally and I was moved to tears. Rather than being a deficiency in the book, I feel as if this was close to what she must have intended. To think, and think, and think . . . and then suddenly to feel so intensely.

What a gift.
Agalas
When you purchase this on kindle, there is a cryptic message that says it includes ComiXology, but it doesn't really explain what it is. It doesn't give you the choice to decline. Finally I figured out that ComiXology is an app that is supposed to enhance viewing of comic books. You can also read this book on Kindle. After downloading the ComiXology app on my tablet, I discovered that many of the scenes don't actually show up. Only certain colors or lines appear. (see attached photo)

I love the book and the illustrations, but do not like ComiXology. My review would be 5 stars if ComiXology worked, or if I had the option to just purchase the kindle version.
Xtani
First off "Are You My Mother" is nothing at all like "Fun Home." So if you've come looking for that same type of feeling when reading, just go and reread "Fun Home." If on the other hand, you're looking for a book that will make you think and rethink and give you some insight into Bechdel's life, then pick this one up. And then read it and then reread it again to let things sink in. And then reread it a few more times to see what you missed.

Unlike "Fun Home," which focused primarily on Bechdel's relationship with her father, "Are You My Mother" is focused primarily on Bechdel's examination of herself. Yes, her relationship with her mother plays a crucial role in the book, but more than anything it's a starting point for Bechdel to examine her life, the decisions she's made and how she got there. In many ways this book is an examination of self, of the inner psyche and how it functions. Bechdel takes us on a nonlinear journey of her life, how her mother has impacted decisions she made and impacted how Bechdel feels about herself--seemingly overwhelmed with the world around her, and it's also Alison's search for those that she wanted as a mother (hence the title), those that would provide her with the love and the encouragement that she so desperately wanted and needed.

Bechdel depends heavily on psychology in this book, sometimes a bit too heavily, to analyze her dreams, her relationships, and the paths that she's taken in life. At times it almost feels like we need a psychology textbook next to us to understand some of the terms and definitions she tosses us and at other times it feels like we are reading a textbook and sometimes overwhelming in cases. It's the one reason why I marked the book down to four stars is that I often felt like I was getting lost in a psychology class that I didn't sign up to take. And yet...the psychological elements in the book provide insight into how Alison sees herself, which is what book is really about. It's her journey, perhaps even a healing process, to help her understand herself and the world that she lives in. In many ways the book reminds me of "Stitches," another artists attempt to use a book for healing.

Bechdel's artwork is still powerful and beautiful. Continuing to use the pen and ink and blue gray inkwashes she used so effectively in "Fun Home," Alison adds a new twist with using red ink washes to give in greater depths to the images that she draws. Her characters come to life, often seemingly to move of their own free will and in the scenes when Alison plunges into deep waters it feels like we're there with her. And I've always loved how she has the ability to capture facial expressions, especially with the young children in the books. You can feel the joy, the confusion, and the sadness coming off of the pages.

This is probably one of the most complicated books I've read in a long time. It's one that I had to stop every so often and go back and reread pages to see what I missed. And it's going to be a book that's going to be difficult to recommend because the psychological analysis is going to make people uneasy as we plunge into Alison's mind to see how she sees the world. And yet I'll recommend it anyway and it's one that has a permanent spot on my shelf.
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