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The Arrival

5 Ratings: 4.4
A textless graphic novel by Shaun Tan that tells the story of an immigrant's journey to a new and strange country.

Starred Review.Grade 7 Up—Tan captures the displacement and awe with which immigrants respond to their new surroundings in this wordless graphic novel. It depicts the journey of one man, threatened by dark shapes that cast shadows on his family's … see full wiki

Author: Shaun Tan
Genre: Children's Books, Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
4 reviews about The Arrival
Quick Tip by . March 14, 2011
   A wonderfully poignant and artistic graphic novel that tells its story entirely through images and without text. The plot is about a nondescript man who must leave his family behind in order to journey to a strange foreign country where he must find work and secure enough money to send for them. The characters are vividly brought to life despite the lack of dialogue and the visual poetry with which author/illustrator Shaun Tan brings the pages to life is extraordinary. Using expressionistic, …
review by . June 05, 2010
What more can I say about this book that has been raved about a lot already?      I think...   When I first decided to read this, I wasn't sure exactly how I will find it. In spite of all the praises heaped on this book, I wasn't sure if I will be in the same camp. Not because I doubted its effectiveness but rather I worried if I would even grasp it. A story told only in pictures? You've got to be kidding me! How can the emotions of the character be even …
review by . November 19, 2009
A man leaves his wife and child behind to prepare a life for them in a new land. He faces strange customs and a strange language in a strange world. Gradually, he is able to find work and make friends among other newcomers, who have their own stories to tell of why they had to leave their home countries.     How do you depict the strangeness and wonder of a new place without words? Shaun Tan's "The Arrival" is an astonishing and surreal depiction of the immigrant experience, …
review by . January 04, 2009
I am so lucky. I have an excellent friend, a best friend, who knows I appreciate unique stories and beautiful things, and when you put the two together you have something really special. She saw 'The Arrival' and knew I would love it and gave it to me. And she was right -- I never expected it, but I absolutely love it.    On one level, 'The Arrival' is a simple, fairly common story, one we've heard many times before in other ways, from other people. A man leaves his home and …
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