The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Apparently finals + being home = barely any reading and certainly no blogging.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan is a beautiful book. No words, just gorgeous illustrations. Our culture prizes words and we read all the time – signs, the front pages of magazines in line at the grocery store, etc. When we see a word, we read it automatically, without thought. In a book full of pictures, it is too easy to rush, to glean the action and miss the beauty. I continually had to force myself to reread pages, to slow down and appreciate the details. But oh, how it was worth it!

If you want a glimpse of Tan’s work, why don’t you saunter along to the Guardian, for whom he told a story about Eric, a foreign exchange student.

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