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

by Shaun Tan

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

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The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)

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Summary: A man leaves his family to go to a new, strange place. He instantly feels out of place, as everything is different in this new land and the man has trouble adjusting as he misses his family. Nonetheless, he learns to adapt to his new home and soon his family arrives and they are all reunited.

Personal reflection: I think this is a really good book for immigration because of the storyline. It gives information about immigration in a way that young students would be able to interpret easily. I also liked the creature the man met towards the end of the book.

Class use: As an introduction book to immigration in the United States. To read aloud and open discussion about going new places and the pros and cons of having a new home.
  MelissaKlatt | Apr 28, 2015 |
It has no words. It's just pictures. But "just pictures" is quite the understatement when describing this wonderful book. The Arrival by Shaun Tan is a graphic novel, but even without words, the intricate pictures tell a story that is full of fantasy, wonder, raw humanity, and curiosity.

The basic idea of the story is that a man is forced to leave his home and family and try to make a new home in another place, so he boards a boat and travels to a strange place, where he isn't understood, everything is strange, and he tries to find work. This is much the story for immigrants in our world today, but the vivid images suck you into this world to such a degree that this correlation isn't apparent until much near the end.

One must take note of the artist's craft here. Each picture is a work of art. It seems to be done in charcoal or sepia on rough paper. Each new city, each new face and experience is so exquisitely crafted that it is impossible to see it as pictures, but instead as a world in and of itself. He puts many tiles of clouds on one page to depict the passing of many days, several frames of a soldier's feet as the battle grew more difficult, the life and death of a plant as the seasons go by, or several pictures of the customs process to give you a clear idea of what the examinations were like. One page is dedicated to looking at our beloved character as he tries to communicate with a person, and with each frame, his facial expression is more and more confused, exasperated, and hopeless, wanting to communicate but being unable to. In chapter 3, as he is waking up, we see frame by frame the picture change from clouds into the pet creature that stays with him, and his surprise, and one might relate this experience to being startled by their cat in the morning. When he wants another character to tell our friend their backstory, the borders on the frames change from faded edges to a different backdrop, beginning a flashback. All of this is to say that our author/artist expertly uses images to convey thoughts and feelings in ways we can understand, making this book one of the most engaging and visually enthralling books I have ever had the opportunity to read.

There are also themes. One recurring theme is the paper crane, which, at the beginning, he makes for his daughter and pulls out of his hat for her as he gets on the boat. Throughout the book, he keeps making paper cranes, and as he grows more adjusted to the other creatures in this new place, he begins to make paper animals of them.

He uses repetition and comparison in other places too. The first page of chapter 1 and the first page of chapter 5 have the same content, composition, and layout, but one is items from their hometown in that cultural style and the other is the same kind of items but from the new place in their cultural style, showing that after he brought his family there with him, they made a home, just like before, but in this new place.

Overall, this book is visually incredible, and the story is very relatable and eye-opening. The characters are well developed and easy to empathize with. It's a new way to read, this analysis of the pictures, and sharing it with my friends and family, not many people could read it because they had no practice with interpreting from pictures; they were visually below grade level, visually illiterate. As a future teacher, I want my students to have a lot of experience with these kind of wordless books, learning how to make inferences from pictures so that, even without a standard attached, my students can appreciate such fantasy and magic as books like this bring to our world. I highly recommend this book as a way to stretch yourself, become visually literate, and enjoy the wonderful story, gorgeous artwork, and masterful craft. ( )
1 vote AmandaLK | Apr 17, 2015 |
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 | Apr 14, 2015 |
This extensive graphic novel is a fantasy that tells the story of immigration and the struggles immigrants faced. The monotone images depicts families, mythical animals and language, and war. Although I think this book is most appropriate for adults, it may be okay for some middle school age students. ( )
  jenniferm14 | Mar 3, 2015 |
This is higher level wordless graphic novel. It depicts the struggles early immigrants faced and how they had to rely on one another for survival. The images are like high quality pencil drawing. Because of the lack of written text, this a is great book for inferencing and engaging student sin academic language. Students could bring in prior knowledge about immigration to follow this text. If they had no prior knowledge the images will guide readers through this book. There are many issues addressed as reason for immigration like war, finances, the importance of family in the process. You can see struggles in communication and hardships of starting over in land that is new to you. Beautifully written and fresh. ( )
  lpierson14 | Feb 25, 2015 |
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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.
 
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"...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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