Burma Chronicles is the most enlightening and insightful book about life under the country’s brutal dictatorship in years, says Rory MacLean. Guy Delisle’s newest travelogue revolves around a year spent in Burma (also known as Myanmar) with his wife and son. Burma is notorious for. DeLisle’s (Pyongyang) latest exploration of Asian life is probably the best possible argument against the ruling junta in the embattled (and now.

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Burma through the artist’s eye

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nov 28, Farhana rated it liked it Shelves: View all 5 comments. Guy Delisle has chronicled his stay in Burma so well you almost feel like you’re on a trip. Guy is only human and loves being invited to these places, but being a stay at home dad and being invited to a play date with the wives of rich oil workers proves to be a bit awkward.

Each chapter revolves bur,a a single experience, for example Delisle’s discovery that Time magazine has “offending” articles snipped out by government censors “Oh, right! His attention to details in some of the frames is really mind boggling. Topics Myanmar holidays Rory MacLean reviews. The rest of the year is ‘the hot. His biggest fear is if he and his family were to be quarantined chronivles Burma and wouldn’t be allowed to return home to France.

Aung Saan Suu Kyi was still under house arrest. I keep the thought to myself for a while during reading the book that is, not the best but good way, to write non-fiction or memoir is always the tricky one. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing French-language text. Kanter’s burmw was to bring intelligent literature to young people and his work remains the most noble in the history of illustrated children’s magazines. I like this book a little bit better than the one about Pyongyang.


DeLisle, considering the area he was living in, could have spent this entire book rightfully decrying a horrible and violent government, but instead choose to focus on daily life, the heat, the locals love for his cute baby, the rains, and a hundred other aspects of simple human life. Trivia About Burma Chronicles. Some of the physicians are stationed at remote outposts, and even though the organization is permitted to operate, getting permission to travel to and from those outposts is difficult and can be dangerous.

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Being a Burmese myself, I am always more than willing to lend my pair of ears to what the expatriates have to say about my country, Burma. Il disegno in copertina. Yes I already knew him from his other works, but damn, the guy is so hard to like.

Retrieved 23 December Want to Read saving…. By using our website butma agree to our use of cookies. In nearby Hpakant — where MSF physicians are forbidden to travel – labourers working in the Chinese-owned jade mines are paid allegedly with shots of heroin.

Rory MacLean reviews Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle | Travel | The Guardian

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His bestselling and acclaimed travelogues Pyongyang, Jerusalem: He uses this time to do his cartooning, explore the city and get to know the culture a bit more. Politics, of course, inevitably come into the mix, but when they do I felt so grounded by the “human” establishment that the politics had actual impact.

The dictatorial regime just serves as a background for this work. So how is it, overall? Secondly, have read a bit about Burma in Theroux and Pico Iyer’s travelogues and felt they were better.

In that year, the cartoonist looks after their son, Louis, and shares his daily life with us through his strips.

Burma Chronicles

Return to Book Page. And that is what chtonicles this book more depth and feel. I really enjoyed this work and I’m going to seek out his others. Anyway, Delisle is not a political writer, nor a journalist, but he adds a heck of a lot to our understanding nonetheless.


The answer is with fantastic verve.

He lives in France with his wife and children. Simply put, Burma Chronicles is the most enlightening and insightful book on Burma in years.

But kudos to the author for being candid even about the controversial political topics. He then invites them back to his delizle to warm up and eat something. Apparently he and his wife spent time in North Korea.

He points out ddlisle people carry their umbrellas stuffed into the back of their longyis or lungis as we call them in India and also sometimes hanging from the backs of their shirt collars – which he calls ‘weird’. This graphic novel is really problematic for me. Delisle has illustrated nearly everything – his day to day adventures, some isolated incidents, little surprises Gyu is a stay at home dad, working on his cartoon books including this graphic presentation of his stay in Burma.

In those days an inspirational American publisher named Albert Kanter produced a series called Classics Illustrated. Better still, stay away, and visit it instead through the pages of this heart-breaking, educational and insightful comic masterpiece. Very very highly recommended to all my friends.

Dec 11, Archit Ojha rated it liked it Shelves: The Best Books of His wife has been sent there by Doctors Without Borders — France. One of the charms of Delisle’s comics are the frames where it’s just him looking puzzled and not saying anything. May 14, Ariya rated it really liked it Shelves: In this book and the other two I’ve read, there are nice stories of him meeting cartoonists and bura their work.