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Good-bye, Chunky Rice [Paperback]

Craig Thompson
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May 9 2006
This here be the first ever “graphical novel book” by Craig Thompson. It was winnning a Harvey Award, no less. It documentates the once upon a time in our fishing village town and a short turtle lad name of Chunky, last name Rice.

Mister Chunky Rice be living in the same rooming house likewise myself, only that boy be restless. Looking for something. And he puts hisself on my brother Chuck’s ship and boats out to sea to find it. Only he be departin’ from his bestest of all friends, his deer mouse, I mean, mouse deer chum Dandel.

Now why in a whirl would someone leave beyond a buddy? Just what be that turtle lad searchings for? I said you best read the book to find out. Merle said, “Doot doot.”

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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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“Both funny and genuinely touching in turn, Craig Thompson’s Good-bye Chunky Rice is an affecting meditation upon friendship, loneliness, and loss, all delivered with a real feel for the musicality of the comic strip form. This work sings and dances, and you could do a lot worse than to sing and dance along with it. Highly recommended.”
—Alan Moore, creator of From Hell and Watchmen

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This foray into the full graphic novel has proven quite successful for an innovative artist. The intricate, interwoven plots address issues few would expect from a first novel. The author/illustrator reaches out to those of us who have experienced life in "an isolated farming community" and experienced not fitting in. His character Chunky is touching and realistic. He knows that carrying his home on his back is not the best, but that he must make the best of it. The author also emphasized the point that each individual must seek out to find that one place, that one lifestyle that will make them happy, regardless of the obstacles.
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!
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Chunky Rice is like no other book I've ever read. Its at one time adorable and depressing, but always captivating. Comparable to Melvile's MOBY DICK, this tale of a wandering sprit's driving desire to leave his safe and almost perfect life in exchange for the uncertantity of life at sea is one that anyone can relate to. The fact that the central character is an almost genderless cartoon turtle makes him truly iconic so that anyone can put their own identity into the character's life journey. Once Chunky Rice sets sail we are introduced to a strange crew of freakish characters each with a striking vulnerability that they try to keep buried within them only to find it constantly resurfacing. This is the type of book to read and then share with a friend. I Highly encourage everyone one to pick up this book. It's quietly poetic and beautifully drawn with a wild imaginative style that truly stands out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible first book by a new talent Feb. 25 2003
Craig is a master beyond his years. Moi, j'chapeau l'mec.
A book about the deep feelings and longings that are possible in the world of existence, told through a mythologized melange of lumpy dumpy bumpy people, "funny animals", a neurotic bird, motown, moments of passion, clinking clunking bottles, interpersonal and intrapersonal ignorance and discovery.
A very rich comic experience, sure to capivate those who already know the comics universe is bigger than many think, and probably a safe bet first foray for those who are looking to start exploring that universe.
I bought this at the Knockabout stall at the Angouleme (France) comics festival in January of 2000. But you don't have to go to France. If it will help you make the decision to buy this book, then think of buying this book via Amazon as possessing the magic and mystery of going to France. There; did that work?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A moving graphic Novel, beautifully rendered Sept. 27 1999
Craig Thompson's debut graphic novel Good-bye Chunky Rice is a delight. The title character is a small turtle who sets off on a sea voyage of self-discovery. Thompson interweaves this quest with those of friends Chunky has left ashore and with flashbacks from their lives. An initially complex structure becomes clear after twenty pages or so. What distinguishes the book is a moving story rendered beautifully by Mr. Thompson's pen.The transitions are unique and surprising and the images range from starkly simple to dense and complex. The book is suitable for adults and children but one episode involving drowned puppies is disturbing. I eagerly await Craig Thompson's next books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is it May 30 2002
By amy
You know that feeling when you see something for the first time, and it perfectly defines an undefinable emotion? Like the first time you heard Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky?"
Same thing here. This book manages to completely encapsulate that raw loss---of friends, of family, of innocence, of whatever while going to seek your fortune. I don't want to sound corny, but it's like an elegy to what you leave behind in order to get to your future.
Glorious glorious book. Go read it. Now.
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"Good-bye, Chunky Rice" is among the best graphic novels I've ever read. It tells several interweaving heart-breakingly sad stories--each of which becomes more layered and interesting as the story goes on. Plus the art is a real wower! I recommend it for anyone--most of my friends who do not read comic books found themselves transported by this impressive and transporting work.
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