Burma Chronicles

Burma Chronicles

Book - 2008
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A timely and incisive portrait of a country on the tipping point

After developing his acclaimed style of firsthand reporting with his bestselling graphic novels Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea and Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China , Guy Delisle is back with The Burma Chronicles . In this country notorious for its use of concealment and isolation as social control--where scissors-wielding censors monitor the papers, the de facto leader of the opposition has been under decade-long house arrest, insurgent-controlled regions are effectively cut off from the world, and rumor is the most reliable source of current information--he turns his gaze to the everyday for a sense of the big picture.

Delisle's deft and recognizable renderings take note of almsgiving rituals, daylong power outages, and rampant heroin use in outlying regions, in this place where catastrophic mismanagement and ironhanded rule come up against profound resilience of spirit, expatriate life ambles along, and nongovernmental organizations struggle with the risk of co-option by the military junta. The Burma Chronicles is drawn with a minimal line, and interspersed with wordless vignettes and moments of Delisle's distinctive slapstick humor.

Publisher: Montréal, Quebec : Drawn & Quarterly, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781897299500
Branch Call Number: 959.1053 DEL
Characteristics: 262 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm

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Earlgrey454
Mar 10, 2017

An interesting idea, but started feeling very cumbersome after awhile.

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wildct2003
Jan 17, 2017

Enjoyable episodic stories of a cartoonist househusband and young father in Burma/Myanmar.

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SSR8604
Sep 27, 2016

Must read. Gr8 humor and expression through sketching. Couldn't keep off without completing.

antrakoka2 Apr 16, 2016

Vivid experiences, bringing a true emotional load of the moment and situation. I love Delsile's books! I wish there would be more in English.

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mclarjh
Aug 27, 2015

Simple black and white and grey tone drawings, but great storytelling.

DevilStateDan Jul 25, 2015

The story of an artist spending a year in Burma, looking after his young son while his wife works with médecins sans frontiers.
His interactions with the locals & officials is a great insight into the culture of Burma at the time.

Mark_Daly Jul 30, 2013

Readers familiar with DeLisle's previous graphic dispatches from North Korea and China will be pleased to learn that he spent a much longer period in Burma, had much greater freedom of movement, and was buoyed by his new domestic role as a working-at-home father. What emerges from his stay is a longer, wider-ranging, but largely home-based travel journal. DeLisle candidly documents the stark political realities of life under the country's military regime, while still maintaining his trademark focus on the bemusing quotidian details of expatriate life.

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Mivasair
May 20, 2013

I loved the blend of honest personal reportage and sharp political observations.

Never been to Burma, but believe I can trust Delisle's view as very real.

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cliffordjay
Feb 24, 2013

This author's travelogues are all worthy reads. Certain events described in the book have stuck with me long after my read.

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devillar
May 17, 2012

If you know nothing about Burma, then read this book. The story is comical and very engaging. The author has a privilege that many do not have, and I am glad he is sharing his travels through his comics.

Guy also demonstrates how living in another country with a little toddler opens more doors than what general instincts tell us. Living overseas can be scary, however with a kid, the adventures are just beginning.

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