|Published in 2006|
Shaun Tan's book The Arrival is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I've ever read, but as far as the story goes, there were too many allusions that I just didn't understand. I read the book with no prior knowledge about Shaun Tan and his work, so I feel I need a little help to truly appreciate his work. I understood the basic plot about immigrants coming to this country, but I didn't really understand all the strange creatures that appear throughout the story. I wasn't sure whether the story was serious or humorous. I found it rather confusing.
I appreciate Tan's note at the end of the story that explains several scenes regarding the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and Ellis Island, but I felt like I needed words to connect me with the images. I enjoyed perusing Tan's website more than reading (looking?) at his book.
Shaun Tan's Website