- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Gallery 13 (July 11, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501153323
- ISBN-13: 978-1501153327
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This small, graceful story becomes a lush fairy tale through Chabouté's stunning black-and-white art . . . Widely regarded as his masterpiece. It's a visually stunning humanist fable." (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Alone)
"Alone offers a glimpse through a window into a vastly different visualstorytelling culture. This is a narrative style that affords 9 pages to pick, panel by panel, through the details of a single room, and in which the main character doesn’t even appear until page 109. In a nearly silent story, Chabouté uses acute detail and tactile, sensual black lines to carve an expansive vision from confined spaces, and draws a deep emotional reservoir from simple actions, tiny moments, and small gestures. This kind of pacing and focus creates resonant, textured space, both physical and emotional, and turns a story filled with gothic trappings into something strikingly poignant." (Booklist (starred review) on Alone)
"[Chabouté is] a master of black and white, with evocative panels and a skill using swaths of darkness to create a sense of place without excessive detail." (Paste Magazine)
"[A] beautifully illustrated and carefully paced tale filled with equal parts sadness, humor, and tender moments of human connection that examines the powers of creative limitations, made all the more memorable for its minimal dialog. Already an international best seller and selected for the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival in France, available here in English for the first time, this ultimately moving story about an unlikely and surprisingly inspiring protagonist is sure to be embraced by all readers.” (Library Journal on Alone)
"This black-and-white graphic novel is a visually poetic, thought-provoking tale of how isolation contrasts with the rich realm of the imagination... The result is a wistful and evocative story that explores the power of the imagination and a yearning for connection." (Shelf Awareness of Alone)
"One of the most wonderful comics I've read in a long time. Beautiful.” (Jeff Lemire, New York Times bestselling author of Roughneck and Essex County)
"Chabouté is so masterful at telling a clear visual tale... as true a use of the comic medium as you’re likely to see." (Multiversity Comics)
About the Author
Christophe Chabouté published his first work, Stories, based on the work of Arthur Rimbaud, in 1993 in France. Since then, he has received numerous prizes for his very personal illustration and storytelling style. When Alone, a wholly original work of his, published in France, it was widely hailed as his masterpiece and was an Official Selection at France’s prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival. He is the illustrator-storyteller of Park Bench.
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At the same time, the story itself is a moment of realization and - maybe - enlightenment, spread out over some indeterminate number of months. These hundreds of pages, maybe a thousand panels, combine skilled drawing with deep storytelling in the best way. There are some words in this, in fact words take center stage. But little is spoken, and none central to the story.
Perhaps this sounds cryptic. Well, I don't like to give spoilers. But, even if I did, the story would still be cryptic and the art would still have narrative strength that I rarely see equaled. I just heard some lectures on fiction writing, and one segment addressed the problem of mixing first- and third-person narrative. Maybe that's tough in textual storytelling, but Chaboute flips between them seamlessly and in ways that advance the exposition well. He also warps time, spending a dozen pages on a minute's action, then spending the same on days or weeks - also seamlessly.
I first encountered this remarkable artist in Park Bench, a charming biography - sort of. The subject never actually lived, but still had a wonderful life. That one seemed a bit closed, as if we'd seen it come full circle, or nearly so. This is the opposite: the ending is only one of a million possible beginnings, and we have no idea which one. I promise, whatever I learn this artist had written/drawn/whatever, I'll read.
If you like noir style comic, this is the one.
Great art, very hart warming story.
Never heard this author before, but definitely my favorite now.