Thursday, August 21, 2014

Beautful Book #4

The Arrival, by Shaun Tan. Arthur A. Levine, 2006

When a book is so good and so influential, I always assume that the entire world must know about it. Often, I'm wrong, because truly influential books can be quiet about how they go about winning hearts and minds. So, if you have not seen or read Australian Shaun Tan's The Arrival, go out and do so immediately no matter what the cost. It is a wordless comics novel that depicts the alienating nature of emigration to a foreign land. His other books, such as The Lost Thing and The Red Tree are also damn fine, but The Arrival is monumental.

And here is Tan being interviewed by Bookslut in case you're interested.

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