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The Arrival Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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A man prepares to leave his family for a new world. Tearfully they let him go as he boards a ship for another land. Once he arrives, he finds himself at a loss. Everything from the language to the buildings to the birds is strange here. The reader of this book sympathizes easily with the man since author/illustrator Shaun Tan has created a world that is just as odd to us as it is to our protagonist. Appliances consist of confusing pulls and toggles. People live and work in plate and cone-shaped structures, traveling via dirigibles and strange ship-shaped machinations of flight. As the man proceeds to discover how to find lodging, food, and work, he meets other immigrants who tell their own stories of hardship and escape. Through all this, our man grows richer for his experiences and even grows to love the odd little white-legged cat-sized tadpole creature that follows him everywhere.Read more ›
This incredible book recasts the Ellis Island experience as a journey to a phantasmagorical land of strange languages, machines, and creatures, creating a delightful visual metaphor for the alien wonders of a new world, even when that world is part of our own, separated from us only by an ocean.
THE ARRIVAL is a stirring picture book of the best kind.
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Because it uses no words, this book is accessible to all who have experienced (im)migration, regardless of their language skills.Published 2 months ago by Sheryl Slocum
The most enchanting and beautiful art and story. You will be moved to tears.
I buy this book in quantity to give to beloved friends for whom I'm grateful on my own Journey.
Lovely. But ironic that in order to give a rating on Amazon, I must use words. Stars aren't good enough.Published 3 months ago by Tara Dobyns
The Arrival is a beautifully drawn graphic novel, full of endlessly inventive imagery. The world Shaun Tan creates is familiar and surreal, welcoming and sweet and terrifying at... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bud M Wortham