Having read Thompson's memoir, "Blankets", first helped me to better understand the psychology behind Chunky Rice. I can see in Chuck all the bullies that Thompson dealt with in his youth, and Chuck and Solomon's father seems to mirror Thompson's own father. However, what this book captures best is the innate need for companionship and acceptance that we all have. Life truly is a meaningless journey if we do not have someone to share it with. Life can be so cruel without friends and loved ones. There is deep pain in this short little graphic novel. It will make you think-and feel. This is so much more than a story about a mouse and a turtle.