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Good-bye, Chunky Rice (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Paperback – May 9, 2006
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YA-Chunky Rice is an anthropomorphic turtle who follows his urge to move on, leaving behind lovesick Dandele, a bug-eyed mouse, and a dreamy longshoreman. Chunky books passage on a barely seaworthy craft piloted by a shady skipper. Conjoined twins Ruth and Livonia are also on board. Back on shore, Dandele sends bottled missives out to sea and the longshoreman's injured pet bird, Merle, heals and regains flight. Thompson presents this bittersweet and engaging story in black-and-white panels that flow and tip into one another, giving the story motion that is reminiscent of the ocean against Chunky's boat and at Dandele's feet. The narrative intersperses past and present so that each character's motives become clear. Solid storytelling is expanded by the images, resulting in a fully realized literary work. The sea captain's posturing is fittingly retrograde and the twins are, by turns, self-exploitive and just plain folks. Chunky, Dandele, the longshoreman, and Merle, however, are unremitting winners. This book will be popular with both inveterate comics readers and those new to graphic literature.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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—Alan Moore, creator of From Hell and Watchmen
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This little work is bittersweet and kind and sensitive and beautifully texturised. It is also quite a novel concept for this genre, and I daresay I have read no graphic novel which even lends itself to some kind of comparison. Its just delightfully simple and there is so much in the artwork. Every glance warrants a new discovery, and Thompson is already a master at evoking feeling. I particularly loved the frames where Chucky and his mouse love were lying under a quilted blanket and Chunky was telling her not to cry. Just gorgeous.
However, the work is relatively short and can be difficult to follow. It is not flawless, but remains a timeless addition to any graphic novel collection. 'Blankets; is clearly Thompson's incredible and unusual masterpiece, and while both are worth getting, 'Blankets' illustrates how Thompson has developed as a writer and artist in the last four years.
That said, I would still highly recommend 'Good-bye, Chunky Rice.' It stands alone as utterly beautiful work and a gentle and innovative credit to the graphic novel genre.
Like I said its a great read it just leaves something to be desired.
I was also impressed by the mosaic illustrations. A very creative view of the mundane and allows the reader to discover many things on their own. I am looking forward to further works by this newcomer.
Overall, I am raving over a book by a fellow I am proud of!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Short and sweet, this was fun to read. It was thoughtfully crafted and the characters lovable, though I'll have to read it again because I felt like perhaps I was missing bits here... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sarah Greeley
I heard an interview with the author and as I have not read many graphic novels, decided to purchase some of Thompson's works. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Young
Beautiful. I finished it in one sitting and had to stop myself from tearing up. Wish it were longer!!!Published 10 months ago by Trix
Craig Thompson, please continue to write amazing stories and I will continue to give you my money.Published 12 months ago by Xanthus
A touching and heart warming coming of age story of loniness and personal bonds. In this book, Craig Thompson has not only display the values of love and affection, but also the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Hannah
I know I should not feel strong emotion over a graphic novel about a little turtle but this book haunted me long after I had finished it. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Matteo_B