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Burma Chronicles Paperback – December 7, 2010
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Not much else to say except that it is really like a blog with drawings and humor peppered here and there. Very easy to digest, and would be a great addition to any PoliSci course or literature course looking to go multi-modal or just change it up a bit.
I loved the fact that the hardcover does NOT have a (useless and gratuitous) dustjacket. The image that would be on the dustjacket is actually the hard cover.
Ok - everyone has to chant this little melody, an adaption of "If you're go'in to San Francisco, be sure to have a flower..etc..etc ..., BEFORE entering the nice country that is know known as Myanmar,
Because it will be the last happy melody to chant for the next time being.
So, here we have the known Cartoonist Guy Delisle, his beautiful Doctor Wife, working for MSF, and their son, Baby.
First they were bound - happily accepting - for Guatemala.
Then - a change - Guatemala is too dangerous - they will go to Myanmar...
A lot less dangerous???
So, after You have studied this book with all its ca 300 pages, You know all about Myanmar, aka Burma, and even more that You wanted ever to know about it!
I did not see this book - no page of it - as other than a secret love affair of the author with this oh soh "Land without Smiles" or "The Farest Place far away from Democracy", as it was known to my little self in July in 2012 - since then there went a lot of water down the Irrawaddy!
This book, designed and written by Guy Delisle is nothing else but a declaration of love!!! A love that took its time to sprout, to bloom, to make a full flower, and, maybe also a fruit.
I read other books by this author, Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China and Pjöngjang a travelogue from North Korea, but this one seems to be his most mature work.
Maybe also the family thing, that he has to do a part-time job with his son, the excursions they make together, lots of strange things to discover, makes it reasy for the reader to identify her-/himself with our good Guy. :)
OK, Guy Delisle: Father of the Year!
(PS: Review edited all over 3/23/2014)
I did not find Burma Chronicles as amusing as Pyongyang. For one, the subject matter in the North Korea graphic novel was already well known to me and even though I had not yet visited the North Korean capital I was still rolling around in laughter. Another reason that Burma Chronicles was not as funny was that it centred on Delisle's uneventful life in Myanmar while his doctor wife was out in the field living a life of adventure. I found Burma Chronicles in many instances a boring read. What made Pyongyang such a riot was reading Delisle's comic asides as well as his insetted comics-within-a-comic as he tries in vain to deal with North Korean bureaucracy. There is a sizable chunk of red tape to deal with in Myanmar, but one can cut through this red tape with blunt kiddie scissors. The red tape in North Korea needs a blade sharp enough to cut through diamonds.
Burma Chronicles was funny in Delisle's account of how the country's right-hand drive vehicles had to change, overnight, to driving on the right side of the road. The illustrations of right-hand right-lane driving were hilarious. In Myanmar's humid conditions, Delisle's illustrations portray himself as sweating away twice his body weight in perspiration each day. Truly a destination where air conditioning is a must, everywhere there is a generator and an outlet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unlike his earlier Pyongyang, which had a narrative journey, this book is told in a series of vignettes. It is disappointing.Published 8 months ago by Dan
Guy Delisle has 3 "must read" books: "PyongYang", "Jerusalem" and this one. Go, quick!Published 10 months ago by Schorschico
Guy Delisle at his best. Insightful and educational. Burma from a different perspective.Published 12 months ago by Km! Ra
I have been to Burma, so enjoyed reading this. Combination of humor and serious topics was a nice mix!Published 19 months ago by catherine zuver
Product as described, came quickly and well-packed. Thank you!Published 21 months ago by J. L. Jones
Guy Delisle's illustrated chronicles are very insightful and fun. I have bought all of them. Perfect shopping experience: The item was exactly how it was described online, the... Read morePublished 24 months ago by JC Edwards
Guy Delisle seems to move from strength to strength with his excellent visual accounts of life in some of the most interesting parts of the world.Published on February 12, 2014 by JeanPaulJ