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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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Tan's created world is so strange and alien that as readers, we too are experiencing the immigrant experience, forced to figure out how this new world works as he seeks housing, a job and tries new foods. (Alien-like animals are constant companions to the humans; flying ships serve as commuter transit; mailboxes fly off with deposited letters.) At story’s end he receives news that his wife and daughter are arriving; eventually his daughter helps a new immigrant figure out a location on a map.A timely piece given the current debate on immigration. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Excellent book. no words. pictures speak the story. ( )
  Erika.D | Jan 28, 2016 |
This is a visually stunning book, and the message is powerful and profound. With no text, the reader must carefully attend to the illustrations to follow the story. I am not normally drawn to wordless books; I prefer to read the story, and the illustrations (if any) are a nice bonus. I have also not read very many graphic novels. But I loved this book. There is so much depth to the story and so many layers to illustrations. It could be read over and over, and something new taken from it each time.

Curricular connections: Use in units about refugees and immigration. Great for discussions around family, culture shock, learning a new language. ( )
  linnea_simon | Jan 22, 2016 |
In a dark city, overshadowed by darkness, a man embraces his wife and daughter and then boards a steamship for another country, where he hopes to create a new life for his family. After going through a long process of immigration, he finds himself in a city he finds himself is bright and beautiful and strange.

Although he doesn't understand the local language, he fumbles his way into a room for rent and then seeks employment. Along his journey into shaping a new life for himself and his family, he meets other people from other countries who have migrated to this city as well. Each has their own stories, their own reasons for leaving home and making a new life for themselves.

One of the amazing things about this book is how it tells a moving, heartfelt story entirely in images. There are no words, just gorgeous art. The art is softly penciled and sepia toned. It manages to be both realistic and fantastical at the same time, elaborately bringing to life a strange world that also feels familiar.

A beautiful book. ( )
  andreablythe | Jan 22, 2016 |
This graphic novel expanded the world of what I thought was possible to do through wordless narrative. Without a single English word, we get the story of an emigrant to a strange land. We see the family he left behind, the struggles and difficulties that he experiences in making his way in this new world, the people who have stories of their own who help the newcomer, and the joy of reunion when his family joins him at the end. All of this is done in a way that feels as strange to the reader as to the protagonist, and in this way we share his confusion, his disaffection, and his eventual triumph.

This is not about the immigrant experience in the United States per se. Instead, it is about the immigrant experience in general, the abstract notion of leaving one's home and ending up in a foreign land where nothing is "normal" anymore. It is told with beauty and pathos and in unforgettable images. ( )
  shabacus | Oct 18, 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.
"...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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