The Arrival Paperback – 7 Oct 2010
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All ages respond to this moving picture book, a moving tribute to displaced people. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) (The Sunday Times)
...a remarkable and skilful work of art. (The Sunday Times)
Reading "The Arrival" feels like paging through a family treasure newly discovered up in the attic. (New York Times)
With this haunting, wordless sequence about a lonely emigrant in a bewildering city, Tan ... finds in the graphic novel format an ideal outlet for his sublime imagination.... few will remain unaffected by this timeless stunner. (Publishers Weekly)
...an unashamed paean to the immigrant's spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect. (Kirkus Reviews)
Shaun Tan's The Arrival may be the most brilliant book of the year' (School Library Journal)
Action-packed, thought-provoking and original. A sensational masterpiece. (Books For Keeps)
Magnificent... enriching. (INIS)
An extraordinary slipcase with the multi-awarding book, The Arrival, and a brand new book, Sketches from a Nameless Land.See all Product Description
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Through using elements of fantasy, it avoids an easy exoticism and prevents us from patronising the main characters -- we don't understand this world either, can't read its language, don't recognise its animals or know how its machines work. We aren't sure what is safe and what is not. We would like to believe the world is benign, but we don't know, and there seem infinite possiblities for things to go wrong. In this tension, it also captures the importance of the kindness of strangers and of fellow immigrants, whose sometimes painful back-stories are conveyed beautifully and concisely in one or two pages of images.
All this, without the use of words. A remarkable achievement.
I am an immigrant by choice, not necessity (as are many of the characters in this story), but I know what I will be giving my friends and relatives for years to come.
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This beautiful book is designed like a worn out photo album from the past, not sure which past if the photo on the cover is anything of a hint. The book opens to a wall of immigrant photos, just like those you'll see in Ellis Island Museum. Several drawings of immigrant processing, passport pictures, and the "arrival hall" are based on photographs taken at Ellis Island.
The story starts with a man putting a photo of his family carefully into his luggage. It's early morning. His wife and daughter are walking him to the train station. The scene cuts to show the town he's leaving from, one that's inhabited by gigantic black tentacles. At the train station, you can see the sadness in the eyes of her daughter, who only manages to break into a sad smile when her dad pulls a paper crane from under his hat to cheer her up. They hug and bid farewell. The train leaves. The mother and girl then walk back home under the shadows of the tentacles.
You can tell the tremendous amount of research and thought put in the panels. Shaun Tan has put little nuances and details everywhere, enabling readers to fully immerse themselves in the new world feeling the sense of wonder and foreignness as a new immigrant might. When the man is in the arrival hall of the immigration building, he undergoes the health checkups, questioning by officers on the purpose of his visit before he's approved entry.
He finds his job, made new friends and we learn their stories and more of this strange world. The last act ends happily with the man inviting his wife and daughter over.Read more ›
Shaun Tan has produced another work that combines the surreal with profound human experience. This is more clearly aimed at a older audience - some adults found the 'picture book' format a barrier to engaging with 'The Red Tree'. The artwork and presentation is beautifully done - the paper is detailed like aged documents - spots of mould or cracks where a picture has been kept in a pocket - give a feel of a treasured scrapbook of life-changing moments.
The book is wordless - and unlike his previous works, has many smaller drawings (some can be seen at his website). They are all pencilled with subtle colours added, giving a more sombre feel that previous works, but the story and his wonderful details quickly capture your full attention.
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The Arrival is a fascinating book, because it doesn’t contain any words – the entire book is just a series of illustrations which show a family arriving in a strange city. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
Portrayed in immediately accessible cartoon format, with no words, this wonderful book perfectly captures the experience of being forced to leave your family and home country and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Treehugger