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Good-Bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
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May 23, 2012

really liked it
Read in May, 2012

Sad and weird, the lives of many peoples (and a turtle, a mouse, and a bird) intertwine in this story of regret, despair, and sorrowful hope. The turtle decides to up and leave his love and best friend for no discernible reason except for a vague urgency. The mouse suffers in silence, gathering discarded bottles to create notes for throwing into the ocean, where Chunky Rice is en route to his destination on a ship commandeered by his best friend's brother. His simple-minded, but no less astute best friend frets over a bird that he's discovered with damaged wings, and pours his regrets in acts of kindness to the individuals around him. The captain, an antagonist in the best friend's childhood, is kind underneath that gruff demeanor, and his only sweetheart is the ocean blue upon which he sails. The Siamese twin passenger who accompanies Chunky Rice to the island might as well be the only one who gets what they wished for... and justly so, perhaps.

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