The Arrival by Shaun Tan is a stunning and original graphic novel about an immigrant’s experience told without the use of words. Each double-page spread contains anywhere from 1 to 60 images. Like the main character, the reader cannot rely on language to explain what’s going on—instead we must interpret as best we can (not that the story itself is hard to follow). My favourite parts of this book were the stories of the other immigrants the main character meets: told over a few pages, each was an imaginative and captivating visual metaphor for escape from oppression. I cannot recommend this book highly enough—it is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.
To read other reviews of this book, head over to these blogs:
1330v • At Home with Books • By Book or by Crook • In the Next Room • Library Queue • MotherReader • Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists! • The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader • The Bookbag • The Genteel Arsenal
I read a library copy of this book. Many thanks to Paulette for recommending this book to me!