The Arrival

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What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey. THE ARRIVAL has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place. Sited as No 35 in The Times 100 ...

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aparajito

Mar 19, 2008

Strange Land

The Arrival is a treasure; a completely wordless graphic novel that unfolds almost like a silent movie and uses a number of very cinematic techniques to advance a narrative that describes the quintessential immigrant experience of wonder and assimilation but also nostalgia and loss. Shaun Tan's artwork is of the highest quality, rich with detail and emotion, and the story, despite its fantastical images reminiscent of surrealism and magic realism, is also deeply universal with a basic theme that will most likely resonate with all readers.

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