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The Arrival by Shaun Tan
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Nov 09, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: own, graphicnovels, favorites, 2007
Read in November, 2007

Just lovely. Tan's subtly shaded pencil art reminds me of Chris Van Allsburg's, as does the whimsical feel of discovering the story. It's a picture book for grown-ups, though, as one slowly realizes that Tan is recreating the immigrant experience for all readers, regardless of their language or culture, through his strange, wonderful and utterly alien world. The beautiful, mysterious intricacy of his creation is so engaging I want ten more books on it, except that would destroy the frail magic of the fact that the reader must view it with enchanted uncomprehension. The vital thread in the story is that people are people, and that even a lost immigrant can find something familiar in the great, confusing metropolis. Highly recommended.
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