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The Arrival by Shaun Tan
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Reading this book..ok, not exactly reading because it doesn't contain text in the pages of the book. More like experiencing the journey from the first page to the end. I really enjoy Shaun's illustration, imagination and how he cleverly use good narrative visuals to tell the story.

I read a couple of his previous books like The Red Tree which is well received by people despite it's depressing content (according to some people) and Tales from Outer Suburbia has a couple of interesting tales equip with surreal imaginary images. I found it quite odd in a good way. I noticed that Shaun is very much drawn to illustrating about the dark side and the imaginary characters/world.

The first time I discovered Shaun was a couple months back when I found The Red Tree lying on a couch, wasn't really attracted to the cover but as you flipped the pages, the book sort of charm its way into the heart. Then after that, I got hold of Tales from Outer Suburbia. The third read was a jackpot. I loved the concept, the style, the layout, the old nostalgic pages, the story...practically everything about the hard cover book.

'Reading' The Arrival is like watching a silent movie, something that is new to me. Definitely excited what he's about to come up next.
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