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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  2,178 ratings  ·  373 reviews
Available in English for the first time—the internationally bestselling graphic novel and an Official Selection at France’s prestigious Angoulême Internaional Comics Festival by master illustrator-storyteller Chabouté (Park Bench, Moby-Dick).

On a tiny lighthouse island far from the rest of the world, a lonely hermit lives out his existence. Every week a supply boat leaves
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Gallery 13 (first published January 1st 2008)
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Evandro Luiz Eu li ele no físico mesmo, consegui uma edição com autografo do Chabouté.

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Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
An entire life spent alone on a rock. What's he do all day?

This graphic novel is stunning.

First published in France in 2008, Alone was just translated into English this year, and I'm grateful I had the chance to read this beautiful book. It's about a disfigured man who lives alone in a lighthouse, and he's never been been off the island. He passes the time by reading the dictionary and using his imagination to dream up stories. Once a week, a local fisherman drops off food supplies for him, but
Diane S ☔
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay Sandi, you were right, I was wrong. After my friend Sandi posted a glowing review of this graphic novel, I told her I love her review but that graphic novels were not my thing. I had only read one previous to this, and tried a few more, but those little boxes and bubbles of speeches, just irritated me. She told me she thought I would love this one, that in very few words, but with some wonderful pictures the story was one I should read.

So I did, and it was an amazing story, gorgeous black a
Kevin Kelsey
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Really loved the visual storytelling in this. Fantastically imaginative and touching.
Dave Schaafsma
“Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realize that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

Alone, finally translated this year (2017) in English from the French, is Chaboute’s masterpiece. Early on he did graphic interpretations of the work of Rimbaud, and more recently, an interpretation of the story of Moby
Sam Quixote
Christophe Chaboute’s Alone is kind of a modern-day fairytale where a deformed man with the unlikely name of Alone lives - yes, alone! - in a lighthouse - and he’s lonely cos he’s alone…

… am I missing something here - is that it? Yes it is. Wow. It looks like an imposing book but it’s mostly silent so you can breeze through it in no time. The art is very accomplished and some of the visuals are amusing. He spends his days reading random dictionary entries then tries visualising them and they’re
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
His name is Alone. Well...that’s what we call him anyway.

It begins with a captain of a small boat and his assistant delivering two boxes to an automated lighthouse in the middle of nowhere. The assistant is new and thinks the captain must be part of a smuggling ring and isn’t shy about showing his disapproval. But the captain soon sets him straight, telling him he’s only delivering supplies to the man who lives in the lighthouse. The man was born there 50 years ago and has never once set foot on
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't read graphic novels too often, so when this one showed up on my doorstep courtesy of the publisher (not sponsored, not obligated to review) I was intrigued. I was even more intrigued when I found out it was translated from French, and told almost entirely in illustrations. There is a bit of dialogue, but not much; so little, in fact, that you can probably read this nearly 400-page book in less than an hour.

I thought the drawings were evocative and showcased the characters' feelings reall
♥ Sandi ❣
5 stars

What a great book. This is a graphic novel - a novel that a lot of work went into. It is all in black and white. It has very few words, but tells a sad, sad story, ultimately ending well. This is translated from French and regarded as Chaboute's masterpiece.

The story tells of a man - a hermit, that no one has ever seen - who lives in a lighthouse way out to sea, on just an outcropping of rock. He was born in that lighthouse. Now 50 years later he has been the sole inhabitant for the last
Betsy Robinson
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Betsy by: Diane
Black and white aloneness
A story in pictures
Slices of feeling
Picture: ocean rocking
Picture: wind roaring
Picture: taste of solitude—Tout Seul; the French title says it better.
A quiet, gut-wrenching masterpiece
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel is simply remarkable. There is almost no text, but the story is so powerful, that it speaks for itself.

Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, ircb-2019
The story of a deformed man who lives alone on a lighthouse. He spends his day randomly selecting words from an tattered dictionary, imagining their definitions. That is almost the entirety of the book over and over. It quickly lost my attention. The book also followed seagulls around for the first 50 pages. The book appears daunting at over 400 pages, but is almost wordless. I flipped through it in about 30 minutes. The art is quite good, but the author needs to learn how to edit.
Jon Nakapalau
At first this book reminded me of Samuel Beckett's Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, Worstward Ho and The Lost Ones: individuals placed into a contextually indifferent existence that defines them through their lack of connectedness to anything. But this story soon takes a positive turn as the hermit in the lighthouse (fantastic metaphor!) finds that random words found by throwing up a dictionary and reading the definitions can never help him find the Platonic forms he is trying so hard to envision; it ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good
A door stopper that I could have read in an hour or less. The dialogue was minimal even for a graphic novel. The story may seem simple, but it’s really not. Would recommend.
Stewart Tame
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although this book is huge, it reads quickly. The majority of the panels are wordless. A ship makes a delivery to a lighthouse on an island just barely large enough to hold it. The captain tells his shipmate that, even though the lighthouse is automated. The son of the former caretakers lives there. Born deformed, he shuns human company, and hasn't been seen in years. We, the readers, do get to see the island's sole inhabitant and how he spends his days ...

The cover makes this seem like a more g
There's some dialogue in this story, but very little. Mostly, it's pictorial tale, illustrated simply, strongly, beautifully.

There's an automated lighthouse out in the ocean but every week, a guy drops off two boxes of supplies down at the lighthouse dock. When his employee, a new hire, asks why, the captain of the boat explains that a man lives in that lighthouse, all alone in the 15 years since his father died. The new sailor asks why the alone man doesn't just leave and the captain then expla
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I wish the pictures had been color- but otherwise a wonderful graphic novel.

Sometimes sad but ultimately hopeful.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This is a graphic novel about difference and isolation. The man who lives alone in a lighthouse has lived there since birth, and the last 15 years of it completely alone. The images show the life around him and pieces of his daily life. I thought it was beautiful and I loved his dictionary ritual.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth☮ by: Jenny (Reading Envy)
This book just made my emotions run the gamut. The title character, Alone, is a man that finds himself isolated in the lighthouse in which he was born long after his parents have died. The captain of the Dahlia promised his father he would drop off supplies for the man each month and he has done so for years. The captain has a newly hired deckhand that begins to question the isolated life that Alone has lived.

In the lighthouse, Alone has a dictionary as a connection to the outside world. He drop
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Tout Seul or All Alone (en anglais) looks at a freakishly disfigured man who's spent his entire life in a lighthouse on a tiny rock of land in the ocean. The man, pre-deceased by his parents for many years, and also nick-named 'Tout Seul,' spends his days fishing and playing a game where he throws a giant dictionary -- his only book -- on his table, and then chooses a word 'at random' to learn or ponder. His only contact with the outside world is via food packages regularly deposited at the ligh
B Schrodinger
Judging by everyone else’s reviews, maybe I missed something.

A bit too arty, a bit too cliche. Too many frames spent setting the scene, too simple of a premise. A bit predictable. Sappy Hallmark story wrapped up in a flimsy veneer of edge.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel pulled on my heart strings. I’m happy for the ending because I was afraid that I was going to be in tears, but I wasn’t!
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I actually really loved this! Why have I put off reading it for so long?!

This is a really gorgeous tale about a man who has lived his whole life in the lighthouse where he was born, with no company (besides a pet fish) once his parents died.

At first it's unclear where it's going... Are the random scenes that don't seem to line up either with the story of the men on the boat delivering supplies or the man in the lighthouse the man's dreams? Imagination? Toys?

At times it is heartwarming and
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, x2018
Chabouté presents a story about not so abandoned lighthouse with a very abandoned resident. Buth his life is about to change with one curious ship help. That's the story in a nutshell, but it's not complicated more than that. But it is much bigger, or better - deeper. This graphic novel is up to four hundred pages long. But there is not much text or complicated art to it, so reading time is similar to one classic paperback. Chabouté appeals to your imagination. And imagination itself is one of t ...more
Jennifer Bacall
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book- would actually give it a 4.5 if Goodreads allowed. This is a nearly wordless story about a man willingly trapped on a lighthouse at sea. He has supplies dropped off weekly by a group of sailors but has no actual interactions with other people. One of the sailors takes an interest in the man and reaches out to him and his life is forever changed. There is beautiful sea imagery, the nautical spiral of the staircase for example. The narrative is told with a repeating routine pattern whi ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A stationary stone ship
A granite boat that doesn't pitch
That takes us nowhere
That never docks
Onboard this lighthouse, we'll never get ashore

A beautiful French graphic novel that was not nearly as depressing as I thought it would be. There were actually quite a few humorous and poignant moments, and at the end a message of hope.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
While this is an extremely thick book, it is a quick read of a graphic novel. It is a moving novel depicting the loneliness felt by a man who had lived his entire life in a lighthouse buoy.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely beautiful and heartwarming graphic novel. The images and layout were so well done and surprised me at times. This is an incredible exploration of isolation and imagination. It’s such a quick read and yet I nearly cried at one part - a sign of a very good book! Stunning, with a gorgeous wee storyline to boot.
Rod Brown
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
A man sits all alone in a lighthouse feeling bad about his looks and playing an odd game with a dictionary that ends up sort of combining a word-of-the-day calendar, the story of the three blind men and the elephant, and a Magic 8 Ball. Between the many, many repetitions of the game some people pass by in boats and we are shown lots and lots and lots of birds, leaves, horses, water and other scenes of nature. Based on the size I thought it would take me hours to get through this book, but I skim ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
400 pages. And maybe 100 words. You can read it in half an hour. But, I guarantee you will slow down and savor the illustrations. From the vivid imaginations to the gulls diving to the sea, Chabouté stark black and white drawings grip and pull the reader.

If you are looking for an artistic and moving story, Alone is a gem.


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Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Graphic novels are definitely not books that I pick up but I was browsing the library shelves and noticed this and on opening was instantly drawn to the pictures on the page of a deserted lighthouse and the hermit like man who had only ever lived on that solitary piece of rock with only a goldfish and a dictionary for company. The subsequent experience of reading the book was a unique one for myself as a reader but one I'd like to repeat . ...more
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