Review: The Arrival by Shaun Tan

 

Published: 2007
By: Arthur A. Levine Books
Source: Work
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  0439895294
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A wordless graphic novel on the struggles of a man forced to leave his family in search of a new life. Taking a steam ship across the ocean with thousands of other penniless persons all looking to start anew.

In this novel, the protagonist is introduced in a relatively-normal environment where everything made sense, however when he steps foot on new ground nothing made sense. The line-ups and strange directions, people, writing, food, pets which are all very unwelcoming to an immigrant but lucky for this character he meets some extraordinary people who have welcomed him and helped through his bought of difficult-times.

This book raises an awareness on how difficult things can/are for a foreigner trying to stake a claim of independence in a land that is completely strange to them. This story does have a happily-ever-after moral, and in the end we see the main characters little daughter completely at ease in her new environment and helping a new-comer in finding her own way in her new world.

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About Black ' n Write Reviewer

Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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