Friday, March 21, 2008

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

My first review of a book with no text. The Arrival is an artistic and other-wordly look at the journey from the "old" world to the "new." We follow one man as he leaves his home and family behind and travels to a foreign country. The new country seems like a different planet - you can sense his wonder and frustration at feeling so ignorant, but you rejoice with him as he find people to guide him and "tell" him their own immigration stories. The drawings are breathtaking and haunting - especially those depicting the horror that some immigrants left behind. I don't if I delved deep enough to get the entire meaning of this book, but at MY level, I felt it was amazing.

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