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Good-Bye, Chunky Rice Paperback – 9 May 2006


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  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books; Reprint edition (9 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780375714764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375714764
  • ASIN: 0375714766
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig Thompson was made in Michigan in 1975, but risen up in Wisconsin and he drawed this very here book after departin’ for Portland, Oregon, in 1997 and missing likewise his chums and girl-buddies.

He’s mostest beknown for his best–sold graphical novel book Blankets — to be winning also three Harvey Awards and two Ignatz Awards. Translationized into thirteen — count ‘em — languages, lands like Morocco and Switzerland and Phoenix, but he’s plopped hisself settled-like in Portland. For the being-time.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2003
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This is a beautiful story. It is a little short, particularly in comparison to Thompson's more recent, and equally excellent graphic novel, 'Blankets'. But that is hardly relevant, because you will want to read it over and over.
Little mouse Dandel and turtle Chunky adore each other, but Chunky wants to find the place where he belongs, so sets off alone on a voyage to new islands, leaving Dandel and his kind hearted, but desperately lonely land lord behind. As Chuky struggles to get along with the strange crew (that includes a pair of Siamese twins, and the slightly crazy sea captain), Dandel spends her days collecting bottles to put notes to Chunky in, which she then throws into the sea, in the hopes that one might find him and bring him back to her.
Buy it for a friend you miss, buy it for someone you love and never want to loose, buy it for yourself if you've ever felt alone or the need for someone to cling to. Or if none of those things just read it because it is a beautiful reflection on friendship and the need to find what feels right, whether that is in the form of a person, a pet or a place. The drawings are beautifully composed and the tale is just utterly enchanting. You will treasure it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul D. Maher on 27 Sept. 2007
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Goodbye Chunky Rice is absolutely amazing. If you had to pick an example of a book to show someone where comics are now and why they should start hunting out the best examples of the art form, your best bet is to start here.

The book is absolutely beautiful, black panel borders leading to immaculate artwork that has so much energy and uses simple cartoon figures to drive funny and hideously tragic richly emotional scenes home and, if you stand back, is obsessive in it's minute details with thousands of tiny brush strokes creating and recreating the sea and shadows like the most intricate woodcut.

The interlocking stories of loneliness abandonment and loss both chosen and the result of fate take simple pictures and characters and make you feel heartbroken at their stories but you wouldn't make that investment in them if they weren't full and rich characters with the capacity for happiness and joy.

It's hard to say anymore, look at the sample pages and buy it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sept. 1999
Format: Paperback
I have stumbled across the belief that the next stage of development for the comics medium is when we start seeing Miraculous First Novels. Works by new, young creators which are so perfectly formed and original that they leave you gasping at the future potential that lies ahead of them. Whereas creators from other eras had to figure it out for themselves from scratch, the collective groundwork (from the structure and craft of Eisner to the wild experimenting of the Raw "school") has now been laid down. Only five years back people used to say that comics were great but you could count the really great comics on one hand. I reckon this is changing and Goodbye Chunky Rice is proof of this. It's a truly great book and it's a first book. Heaven knows what Craig Thompson's, say, tenth book will be like!
What makes Thompson so interesting is that his first book can be judged on it's own merits. It is not necessary to say that aspects of his craft will "come with time", nor are there any really rough areas that need smoothing out. Simultaneously, Chunky Rice is not a timid, over-calculated work produced in awe of that which has gone before. Thompson is comfortable enough with the comics medium to experiment with his storytelling and his use of dialogue/facial expressions to communicate the underlying mood of loss, regret and, yes, optimism is equal to that of a master. When Chunky states out to sea you know exactly where he's at without being explicitly told. The yardstick by which great comics are measured has changed. Craig Thompson understands and respects what has gone before him yet is talented and brave enough to strike out on his own from the get go. May he be one of the first of many.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taidgh Lynch on 4 Dec. 2010
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Good-bye, Chunky Rice is a well bound softcover black and white graphic novel. Mister Chunky Rice, a turtle, is restless so he decides to leave his dearest friend, a mouse, Dandel and boards a boat in search of adventure. This graphic novel is rich with emotion and soul dealing with issues of loss, friendship and loneliness. While it deals with longing and missing someone there are also lighthearted moments and quirky characters, such as Captain Chunk and Livonia and Ruth the Siamese Twins "who are linked for life like the frigging chain gang". The story and artwork are beautifully woven and masterfully done. There are moments of quietness and reflection, depicted in the stillness of the water, the sunset, the empty sky and the wonderful seascapes. The book itself isn't long, perhaps short by graphic novel standards but it's the little truths and the emotion that Craig Thompson captures so eloquently that makes this book great. Highly recommended.
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