The Arrival

The Arrival

Book - 2006
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'The Arrival' is a long-awaited, textless graphic novel by the renowned Shaun Tan.
Publisher: Lothian,� 2006
ISBN: 9780734406941
Branch Call Number: JF TAN


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Jun 05, 2017

This really is an amazing book. Without words, Shaun Tan tells tales about what it is to be a refugee. Why you would leave the country you love, and what it is like to be somewhere new, where everything is strange. Astonishing really. Recommended for anyone from ten or twelve up. Take some time and check this out.

Mar 24, 2017

This famous wordless art book illustrates the story of a young man immigrating from a dangerous war-torn country to a strange and confusing foreign land. The sepia-toned illustrations are excellent and effectively evoke strong feelings of isolation tinged with hope for a better future.

Kristen MERKE
Feb 03, 2017

In a 'read' that will take you less than 30 minutes, Shaun Tan manages to make the immigration experience relatable even to those who have never moved across a border. Without a single word, Tan will break your heart and put it back together with his spectacular drawings. He is able to express time, distance and space using only sequential art. This short book is truly a work of art as much as it is a means of spreading social awareness, perhaps more relevant today than ever before.

Oct 01, 2016

An elegant, poignant story told through a series of beautiful and haunting illustrations.

Sep 01, 2016

Absolutely beautiful! I have been showing this masterpiece to everyone I know

Aug 23, 2016

The immigrant experience told completely through sumptuous illustrations and without a word spoken or narrated. Truly masterful!

JCLAngelicaR May 23, 2016

A timeless story of experiencing culture shock. Brought back memories and goose bumps. Surrealistically accurate and internationally applicable. Very creative!

Apr 23, 2016

The excellent depictions and artwork inspired me, also in that not a word was used. A warm happy ending that elevated my spirits.

Apr 16, 2016

This was read and discussed by North Park Branch Library's Comic-Con Book Club. In a nutshell: everyone loved it. Beautiful art and a universally-relatable immigrant story make this book a winner that you'll want to regularly revisit.

LPL_KimberlyL Mar 12, 2016

The artwork and the world the author created in this graphic novel is completely stunning! There are several images that are so profound and beautiful, I want to hang them up in my home so that I can stare at them every day. Beyond the visuals, the story is heartfelt and deeply touching, and shows the reality of immigration and how painful it is to leave your family in order to try and provide a better life for them. Amazing. Absolutely amazing!

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