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 Chronicles

Guy isn’t here to spout anti-Burmese government rhetoric, nor is he making a statement about colonialism, nor any other. Some are better than others. It can be funny and informative as it is travel delisel in the form of graphic novel. Whole ethnic regions are guyy to outsiders so that the military “can do some cleansing”.

You could get a sense that he is a very good story-telling and has keen eyes for a good observer. He stayed in Pyongyang for only 2 months and his social circle consisted only of other foreigners like him.

Refresh and try again. So here’s what sums up why this book failed to impress me: As a person who works in an INGO, it gave me better chronkcles into the hardship and struggle faced by those working in humanitarian programs who try to work in an atmosphere that feels so foreign.

This is a very charming book, where Delisle manages to both lovingly describe a society that is alien to him often making himself the butt of the jokeswhile also showing several of th Delisle presents himself as a tag-along, as his wife is doing work in Myanmar with MSF. A few pages later, Delisle and the other white chronixles are stuck under a tree in a rural chroniclles, stranded in the rains.


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Delisld can’t take from Guy’s observations whatever you want. No idea how much of it really portrays Burma in true light. Review Text “This book is more fun than most holidays and more enlightening than a hundred blogs by self-appointed experience censors” show more.

Jan 21, Tom LA rated it really liked it. There are representations of architecture, the constant heat, the polluted water, snakes, mosquito netting etc.

I love his observations about parenthood, and his low-key comic moments about the simple passing of days, and the ridiculousness of making plans, and various cross-cultural confusions.

So, it was natural that a certain detachm Good work. Edith Mirante of The Irrawaddy was more critical of the book, calling Delisle’s grasp on Burmese politics “literally sketchy” and saying that Delisle lacked “the black and white bravura of other graphic storytellers such as Marjane Satrapi Preview — Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle.

He’s much more comfortable with his tools than he was in his North Korea book, and I really enjoyed that one. I’d think of this as lazy except the pieces fit together well; there’s enough thematic material throughout to suggest more than timeline and setting as connective tissue.

I would definitely be re-reading this as I am sure many gems got missed on the first read. Guy obsesses about getting enough doses of Tamiflu, until another worker points out that it probably wouldn’t work anyway because it was prescribed to treat the seasonal flu, which is a different strain of the virus.


Chroniques Birmanes is a Canadian graphic novel written and illustrated by Guy Delisle. The year long stay is presented through short stories, usually between one and four pages, showing either a specific event that happens, or his impression of an element of the local culture. But it is a marvelous graphic memoir of a year in the life in a remote world that is beyond the ability of most readers to grasp.

He points out how 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’. Drawing from his experience at animation studios in China and North Korea, Delisle’s graphic novels Shenzen and Pyongyang depict these two countries from a Westerner’s perspective.

Chronicles from the Holy City, Burma Chronicles, and Shenzhen are defining works of graphic nonfiction, and inDelisle was awarded the top prize in European cartooning when the French edition of Jerusalem was named Best Album at the Angouleme International Comics Festival. One thing the book benefited from over his North Korea one is he’s much more comfortable making fun of himself, especially his shortcomings, such as sticking to plans.

Mar 26, Bogdan rated it really liked it.

Reading: Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle

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