Shaun Tan evokes universal aspects of an immigrant's experience through a singular work of the imagination. He does so using ...more
Pets, food, architecture, fashion, economy.. Everything complements this constant state of not "knowing" but "relating" or maybe even "recalling", in a vague way. For example when one of the natives we get to meet recalls a certain event (the invasion? War? idk man) to feel the main character.(less)
But, as I realized throughout my read, they weren’t needed. The mesmerizing art was enough.
And what illustrations! Never have I read such a graphic novel before!
It was a fast-read. I don’t think I’ve even spend thirty minutes to get through it. The story was poignant and I loved how realistically it portrayed immigrants and how metaphorically and fantastically the author drew the world-building and settings. ...more
The Arrival by Shaun Tan is a graphic novel and wordless story of illustrations highlighting an immigrant man's journey told through an imaginary world.
I picked this up for my students a few years ago after hearing a special on NPR about it. We enjoyed following along in the story as the illustrations send powerful messages and emotions. It almost feels like a movie as you're turning the pages.
This is ...more
A wordless graphic novel that the tells the familiar tale of an immigrant, and somehow makes the story new and exciting.
A man says goodbye to his wife and daughter, and sets out, taking only a suitcase containing a precious photograph of his family. He leaves a dark and ominous city for a journey across the sea. Days pass, each depicted by a drawing of the sky. The ship enters the harbor and a strange new world is revealed. The man is examined, cataloged, and labeled. ...more
The feel is silent movies, De Sica's (1948) The Bicycle Thief and photographs of immigrants on display at Ellis Island. Why is this book constantly timely in this country and in too many countries on the nature of refugees and immigrants. The separation of a parent from his child in this book is ...more
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
How did we get from a golden door to prison bars?
Shaun Tan doesn't engage in political polemics. He has no need of words at all. His silent surrealist paintings are more eloquent that all the ghostwriters, TV anchors and political commentators that try to convince us that black is actually ...more
We follow his struggles being away from home, and entering into a new life where not much is understood or explained. The Arrival tells a universal story of immigration.
It was a little hard at first depicting each picture without text, but the more I got into the story, the more I understood.
This book is a wordless story told through capturing images. It is ...more
The Arrival is a wordless graphic-novel that tells the tale of an immigrant father who leaves his family to work in a foreign land. The story is told in the form of sequential art with the mood being set with varying degrees of sepia-tone colored illustrations in multiple frames and panels.
The story takes place in a strange fantasy realm, where the hero immigrates to a different place to support his family. ...more
In one man's travels across the ocean to an unfamiliar land, the struggles are apparent to connect to an unknown people, to find work, and earn a living so a desperate father can provide for and be reunited with his wife and daughter.
Wonderfully portrayed images induce the reader to envision a difficult life with hope for a better...more
You do not need words when you have a talent as loud as this.
Shaun Tan has, in fact, rocked the charts and souls alike with the poignant way of life of an immigrant.
Working hard, toiling under the sun and those sorrowful nights are all acceptable - when you see your family smile.
Believe me, it's that smile on your wife's face when you return home that makes you work harder. Win more.
You might be a CEO or a construction helper, at the end of the day you want to come to a happy family.
With evoking ...more
Shaun Tan's graphic novel The Arrival tells the story of the refugee experience, depicting its sense of deprivation, danger, loneliness, discovery, and wonder.
Rooted in the picture-story tradition that predates modern comics, the book's wordless language mirrors the protagonist's inability to communicate though words in his new environment; the surreal images provide the story with universal relevance.
Brilliantly conceived and masterfully realized, The Arrival is ...more
The Arrival is a story told entirely in pictures about the experience of immigration. It's a surrealistic story, meaning that the world he moves away from and then later into, is very fantastical with sci-fi elements. This was a little bit jarring at first, but once you realize the metaphor that's being established-- ...more
This fiction depicts the true story of some foreigners who chose to leave their love ones, and trying their luck abroad in order to ...more
The Arrival is a graphic novel (told in illustrations, not in comics) telling the story of an immigrant coming to a new land. The metaphor is brilliant: Shaun Tan sensitively illustrates a very human protagonist coming to ...more
That's it - the only text in this extraordinary book. This is a story that needs no translation, art that speaks directly to the “reader”.
The inside front and back covers are completely filled with faces, easily identifiable if you happened to know any of the people (I didn’t) and representing migrants from all over the world, some looking something like you, perhaps.
Tan said that some faces were inspired by the photos from Ellis Island, NY, where so many migrants have entered ...more
The artwork is meticulous in this, the colour palette morphing from warm, rich sepia tones, to greys and blacks, matching the changing tone of the story. The world drawn here is one almost entirely ...more
This is the story of what I can only imagine is the way millions of European immigrants felt as they left their homelands and ventured forth to become part of America.
With each page, I thought of my grandfather, ...more
This book is wordless and yet it says to much with the extraordinary imagination of Shaun Tan. His vision is boundless. His art work blows your brains out of your mind and your like, I knew there was more in this world. I can't believe all the things I have never imagined before. This world is so beautiful.
This is an immigration story for safer lands to grow a family ...more
It‘s the story of a man leaving his country (and family) behind as there are monsters there. He embarks on a journey across the ocean, landing in a fantasy-version of NYC. There, he has to find his bearings, meets all kinds of people, manages to find work to ultimately send money back home that will bring his wife and daughter to him.
What makes this story special is that it is told in graphics only. The entire book only shows pictures, no text - ...more
‘The Arrival’ is a book without words, a silent book! It has pictures, only pictures and they are mesmerizing! The writer and illustrator, Shaun Tan has done an amazing job. Hats off! His way of conveying emotions of the story to the reader only using pictures is totally out of the world!
It is a story of a man who leaves his country to find a better place for his family and ends up in a new place ...more
The artwork is all pencil style drawings and it focuses on literal and figurative immigration and experiences. Truly an experience in itself to read through and adore.
Almost every page was emotional, heartfelt and touching or exciting, vibrant and fresh and there were so many little stories weaved into one that I just couldn't help but to admire it from page one. I was ...more
Then they arrive, are processed, and suddenly, here he is, on his own, away ...more
The detail and care and love that went into making this book alone deserve for it to be considered a classic. The story, one so common to the lived ...more