Daily Archives: May 25, 2012

Book Review: The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Title: The Arrival
Author: Shaun Tan
Publisher: Arthur A Levine Books
ISBN: 978-0439895293
Genre: Picture Book
Pages: 128
Source: Library
Rating: 5/5

How do you review a book which is all about pictures? It is easier to review it you might think. Even I thought so. But here I am, trying to search for words to review a book that had not a single word in it but was full of emotion and a great story to tell. The Arrival by Shaun Tan is one such book and trust me when I say that beautiful doesn’t even begin to cover it.

The Arrival is a story told in pictures and nothing else. Come to think of it, nothing else is needed sometimes to tell a story but pictures. Words but after all are secondary to emotions and if emotions can do the job, then really why speak at all? The Arrival is a story of the “immigrant experience”. There are some books that grab you by the throat and some that change the way you think, while there are others who instantly shock and awe you. The Arrival belongs to the last category. I have never read anything like this book that in essence places the reader so perfectly in the shoes of an outsider, trying to fit in and be a part of the new world, so to speak.

Shaun Tan is an illustrator to start with and what an illustrator that man is. Shaun Tan has created a world that is not only strange to us but also the protagonist. A man leaves his home for the new world. The assumption is to make money. Once he arrives in the strange world, he cannot help but be in awe of it. Everything is different. From pets (with strange tails and ways and resemble cats and dogs and butterflies and pigeons) to language to mode of transportation and the way they live in cone-shaped structures to what they eat. Here the man meets other immigrants and knows of their stories of escape and how they arrived in this land. Amidst all this, he learns more about this land and grows to love the tadpole like creature that follows him everywhere (almost like a dog). Towards the end, his family has arrived and we see how they have grown to love the city and be a part of it.

For me the beauty of the book lay in the pictures. Having said that, with every page I turned, I was fascinated by the author’s thought-process. What must have gone through the illustrator’s mind to tell a story like that? A story so fantastically real, and depicting the universal emotion of facing something strange or new. The book is remarkable and I was in total awe of it. The images are not difficult to decipher – they make you stop and wonder about how the imagery must have formed in the illustrator’s mind and with such lucidity it is put on paper.

The Arrival has been one of the best books I have experienced this year. I say experienced because there is no other way to describe it. The book takes you on a different plane. It is beyond words and thank god for it. Because there are times when you do not need words to tell everything. The Arrival is a book with a soul. Read it and experience it.

Here is a video created on the book in parts:

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Masters of the Veil – Bookblast Giveaway

Life can’t get much better for Sam Lock. Popular, good-looking, and with a future as a professional football player. every guy at Stanton High School wishes he were Sam. That is, until his championship football game, when Sam accidentally links with an ancient source of energy known as the Veil and reveals his potential to become a powerful sorcerer. Sam is whisked off to Atlas Crown, a community of sorcerers who utilize the Veil as a part of everyday life. Once there, he trains beside a mute boy who speaks through music, an eternal sage who’s the eyes and ears of the Veil, and a beautiful girl who’s pretty sure Sam’s an idiot. As it becomes clear Sam’s meant for power magic-the most feared and misunderstood form of sorcery-people beyond Atlas Crown learn of his dangerous potential. An exiled group of power sorcerers are eager to recruit Sam, believing that he is destined to help them achieve their long-held goal. If they succeed, they could bring about the downfall of not only Atlas Crown. but all humankind.

Here is the book trailer:

 

 

Author: Daniel A. Cohen: Daniel A. Cohen was just your average business student. Microeconomics, finance, marketing… you name it, he had to do a PowerPoint presentation on it. One dark and stormy night, he was bitten by the radioactive realization that memorizing business jargon could possibly be the most boring activity known to man.

After gaining eagle-eye vision, abs that could grate cheese, and a talent for imagining things (including his cheese-grating abs), he wrote his first novel and began his epic battle against the formidable business jargon. He continues to fight the good fight by playing saxophone and writing YA fantasy, forever hoping his Veil trilogy will help inspire others to join his cause.

Giveaway Details:

Author Daniel Cohen is offering one lucky person a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card. Last day to enter is May 31st

Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent’s permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

You can enter the contest on this website: http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2012/05/masters-of-veil-by-daniel-cohen.html