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Là où vont nos pères by Shaun Tan

Là où vont nos pères (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Shaun Tan

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Title:Là où vont nos pères
Authors:Shaun Tan (Author)
Info:Dargaud (2007), Album, 120 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:bande dessinée, immigration, étranger

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The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)

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It's difficult to explain just how powerful The Arrival is because it felt deeply personal to me. Tan manages to tell this deeply moving story without any words whatsoever. The Arrival is the story of a man who leaves his family behind to travel to a new country where he hopes to establish himself and send for his family. Everything seems alien and surreal and Tan depicts this by using fantasy elements such as tentacled animals for pets, giants sharing the skies with skyscrapers, and huge men in hazmat suits who spray poison at the unsuspecting people scurrying below. It's the wordless story of fear of the unknown and the desire to find a better place to escape the troubles of home. It struck me right in the solar plexus. The art is beautiful, the story is stirring, and the delivery is spot-on. If you want to learn what it's like start over and feel like you've entered an unfamiliar landscape then I highly recommend this book. 10/10 ( )
  AliceaP | Oct 11, 2016 |
This is a graphic novel for young people seventh grade and up. The pictures are beautiful and they tell the story very well. It is the story of a man who must leave his family to come to America to find work and make a new life for his family. It is easy to understand his stress and confusion as he adjusts to his new country. Some of the parts of the story are pure fantasy; a walking fish/rat/cat that lives with the man in America. He helps the man through some troubled times and is a companion. In addition, dragons fly over the man and his family in their homeland; an indication of trouble and oppression.
  AndreaSandbach | Oct 1, 2016 |
If I could give this book more than five stars I would. The graphics are incredible, the story is so compelling--as well as the backstories of the several people the man meets. The world is amazing and I absolutely love all the animals and the fact that they're such an integral and accepted part of the society. I think it shows the frustration of not understanding anything about a new society very well. The world and language is amazing, and the detail is just so lovingly drawn. This is just a wonderful book. Very highly recommended ( )
  waclements7 | Jul 10, 2016 |

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A stunning book featuring beautiful sepia artwork invoking the feeling of looking at nineteenth century photographs. The story unfolds without words as a man leaves his family and homeland in order to immigrate to a safer new land. The ultimate message conveyed about the experience of immigration is powerful BUT it didn't emotionally hook me and I was ultimately underwhelmed.

The lack of words was the main problem for me and whilst I understand why there was no words, it didn't necessarily work for me. As the man slowly gets to grip with this new land and understands how it works, I felt like I was left behind as often I genuinely didn't have a clue what the heck was going on. Why did he leave his family behind? What are all these fantastical things? What is going on in his homeland? Just what the dickens is going on?! The artwork is beyond gorgeous but the pretty pictures sadly are not enough for me to fully enjoy this book.

Lots of readers have adored and raved about this book and I think it would be perfect for those that love the idea of interpreting creative meanings from this story for themselves. Sadly I was just left puzzled and emotionally distant. ( )
  4everfanatical | Jun 26, 2016 |
Rec'd several times, most recently in the Picture-Book club! Isn't adult, though? (Where would I look in the library?)
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
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Teos on todellakin yhtä kaunis ja yhtä upeaa kuvakerrontaa kuin muistinkin. Sanoja ei tarvita, eikä niillä ole tässä tarinassakaan mitään sijaa. The Arrival kertoo aivan uskomattoman kouriintuntuvasti maahanmuutosta ja vieraan kulttuurin piirissä elämään oppimisesta.
"...Auf beeindruckende Weise gelingt es ihm, literarische Techniken wie Vor- und Rückblenden, Zeitdehnung und Zeitraffung sowie innere Monologe visuell umzusetzen. Wie seine Hauptfigur im neuen Land wird auch der Betrachter des Buches „gezwungen“, neu sehen zu lernen."
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A fabulous introduction to graphic novels for younger readers. The Arrival wordless spins the universal tale of a man leaving his country to build a better life in an unfamiliar, and sometimes confusing and scary, land.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439895294, Hardcover)

A truly remarkable work of art that is already one of the most talked-about book of the season.

"A shockingly imaginative graphic novel that captures the sense of adventure and wonder that surrounds a new arrival on the shores of a shining new city. Wordless, but with perfect narrative flow, Tan gives us a story filled with cityscapes worthy of Winsor McCay." -- Jeff Smith, author of Bone
"A magical river of strangers and their stories!" -- Craig Thompson, author of Blankets
"Magnificent." -- David Small, Caldecott Medalist

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In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.

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