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The Arrival by Shaun Tan
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Mar 25, 11

bookshelves: graphic-novels, race, read-in-2011
Read on March 14, 2011

(10/10) Just a little piece of perfection. Shaun Tan shows the terror of the immigrant experience by creating a sepia-toned world of absurdities, which the reader is forced to navigate along with the protagonist, cut off from meaning through the loss of language. But it's not just a great concept: Tan's art is gorgeous, a kind of photorealist style that contrasts nicely with the surreal imagery, and the story is nicely paced and doesn't overstay its welcome. When I looked at the grand, moving spreas I felt like I was watching the graphic novel evolve before my eyes. I'm just a little baffled as to why this is considered a chilren's book -- I can't see most kids having the patience for it. A masterpiece for sure.
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