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The Arrival by Shaun Tan
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Dec 12, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, 21st-century, australian, graphic-novels, library, male-authors, picture-books
Recommended for: anyone
Read on December 12, 2010 , read count: 1

"The Arrival" was different from anything else I have ever read before. It's a story of immigration told with only pictures, no written words. The pictures are fantastic and make you feel like your right there along with the immigrants. It leaves you with some of the feelings immigrants must feel coming to a new country, not knowing the language or the customs. The world Tan has created is just as foreign to me as his character. I felt overwhelmed by the symbols and not being able to understand what they all meant.

The story was sweet and easy to relate too. I loved how it showed various stories of people the main character meets and how they ended up immigrating to this new world, some of them had horrible experiences they were escaping. I felt this added a real touch of realism to the book. We have to remember that not everyone has had a life as lucky as ours.

I would recommend this book to anyone.

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