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The arrival
Shaun Tan
Children's Fiction TAN

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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
The Arrival is an elegant and haunting work of art that hovers somewhere between graphic novel, comic strip, and picture book—or maybe encompasses them all. Wordless, told entirely through sepia-toned drawings that cover the pages in comics-style panels or full-page spreads, the story of The Arrival is nonetheless clear and true and stirring. A lone immigrant leaves his homeland to embark on an unknown journey and a quest for a better life. Along the way he is confronted by the strange, the wondrous, and the terrible, because there is a healthy dose of the fantastic in this picturesque storybook. Giant dragons' tails overshadow villages, ornate cities rise from bizarre landscapes, and quirky little critters accompany the residents of the foreign country where the man finally makes a new life. At first he’s put off by the creature that adopts him—a creepy-cute round little fellow with a wide smiling mouth and a long wagging tail. But the comfort of a constant companion eventually becomes a boon, as do the histories of the friendly strangers he meets. Turn-of-the-century dress and architecture meld flawlessly with elements of science fiction that abound in The Arrival—not just the captivating little beasties, but strange methods of travel, spiraling towers, and an invented alphabet by Australian author Shaun Tan that conveys more than anything else the bewildering confusion that surrounds a refugee in a strange new land. Brimming over with visual metaphors that add layers of beauty and complexity, The Arrival is a magical tribute to the unflagging immigrant spirit.
posted Jun 22, 2010 at 1:32PM
Steph C. said:
The Arrival, by Shaun Tan is a Graphic Novel - all illustrations, no words and yet, it’s brilliant, profound, moving and accessible to both adults and children. It’s a page-turner and hard to put down. It tells an universal story of arriving to a new place, being the stranger, facing the unknown and making a new exciting life from an old one. This book is a BEAUTIFUL and exquisite piece of art; though I first read a library copy I had to go out and purchase one for myself. I had to own it. I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know. Check it out. And check out this so very talented award-winning artist/author - Shaun Tan.
posted Jan 26, 2012 at 7:43PM
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