Sunday 3 October 2021

THE ARRIVAL by Shaun Tan


The ArrivalThe Arrival by Shaun Tan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Last weekend, along with The Rabbits, we found this book during one of our Street Libraries adventures. It's actually a book I've had my eye on for a while but never picked up, so this was the perfect find.

This gets another wow from me because it's absolutely stunning. There's not a single word in this sad and wonderful story of hope and discovery, but every detail is still portrayed so well in each individual piece of lovely artwork.

I absolutely loved how the hard trek of immigration is told through the lens of a fantastical world reminiscent of our own, but so very different. The imagined landscapes are a combination of past and future blended together with the spooky twist of monsters. And the smaller creatures, though they have monstrous qualities, are actually quite cute.

This is the powerful tale of a man who goes to a new city to establish himself so he can bring his family there too. And he finds so much more.

I think this is another beautiful Shaun Tan book that really stirred my emotions. Not just because I recognised so much of what the main character goes through via archive photos and footage I've seen myself, but because this imagined world is harsh and beautiful and filled with people I felt for every step of the way.

The sepia tone is perfect. As is the often terrifying visuals of this alien world.

Such an amazing and unique way to tell a heartfelt story. Absolutely stunning.

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