Review: The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Arrival begins with a heartbreaking parting, a man gives his wife and daughter a last kiss and boards a steamship to cross the ocean.

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We follow his struggles being away from home, and entering into a new life where not much is understood or explained. The Arrival tells a universal story of immigration.

It was a little hard at first depicting each picture without text, but the more I got into the story, the more I understood.

This book is a wordless story told through capturing images. It is beautiful. Beautifully harrowing, haunting, and compelling.
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It managed to capture solitude, wistfulness, and hopefulness in a little over 100 pages, and it was magical.

4/5 stars

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