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The Arrival, Graphic Novel

One of the top book in my collection is Shaun Tan’s – The Arrival. A wordless narrative that tells a heart felt story about an immigrant who travels in a new world filled with vivid surreal visuals. They don’t make books like this anymore… a great work of art.

Excerpt from shauntan.net
The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.

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5 Comments

  1. Cari Beaque Cari Beaque

    This sounds like a really good book! I am in the middle of reading “Enrique’s Journey” which is sort of similar. Anyway, thanks for sharing… it sounds great and I will definitely order this one! I’m always looking for good reading material!

  2. Sydney James Sydney James

    I don’t know what it is, but I really love stories about immigrants trying to make it. It’s kind of sad, but also inspiring at the same time. Sounds like a good book!

  3. Kelly Ramirez Kelly Ramirez

    Shaun Tan is awesome! Just ordered a copy from Amazon. Thanks for sharing! I wouldn’t have known about this book if it wasn’t for your review :).

  4. Ty Hofseth Ty Hofseth

    Cool! So it’s a picture book? That’s just plain awesome!

  5. Carlos Mencia Carlos Mencia

    My son recently moved to the US and he barely knows any English. This book would be great for him. Actually any type of graphic novel, since he can’t read English yet :).

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