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03:28 am: The Arrival by Shaun Tan
I finally got to the top of the queue and picked this up at the library. I suppose this is technically a graphic novel, but it's a lot more like a book without words.

Tan tells the story of a man who leaves a dangerous city to cross an ocean and come to a new land. A wonderful odd confusing new land. He doesn't know the language or how appliances operate or anything. As he meets people, he learns, and he also learns how they came to this land.

He tells it not just in pictures, but in type of pictures -- small, large, opening up, closing down. It's amazingly lyrical and yet it's just pictures. Highly recommended.



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Date:January 20th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
The ACO has a concert tour this year where they'll be playing Shostakovich's String Quartet No.15 to projected images from The Arrival. There's also a new work for choir and orchestra to accompany The Red Tree.
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Date:January 20th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, neat!
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