- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (September 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1897299508
- ISBN-13: 978-1897299500
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Burma Chronicles Hardcover – September 30, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
DeLisle's (Pyongyang) latest exploration of Asian life is probably the best possible argument against the ruling junta in the embattled (and now nearly obliterated) nation also known as Myanmar. Readers will find themselves initially shocked and surprised at the country's differences, then awestruck by the new traditions and finally in love with and yet enraged by Burmese daily life. DeLisle's wife is a French aid worker with Medecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), leaving DeLisle alone with their son, Louis, and his cartooning. DeLisle's style is simple but highly eloquent, and he tells more about the depth and breadth of the Burmese experience in the book's little nonfiction vignettes than he ever could in an artificially imposed narrative. Burma Chronicles is not merely a neat piece of cartooning but a valuable artifact of a repressive and highly destructive culture that curtails free speech with unparalleled tenacity. Like Joe Sacco's The Fixer and Safe Area Gorazde, DeLisle uses cartooning to dig into a story that demands to be told. (Sept.)
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From The New Yorker
In previous graphic memoirs, Delisle, a Qu�b�cois animator, has documented in spare, whimsical black-and-white line drawings his visits to North Korea and China. Here, he turns his hand to another authoritarian Asian regime, Burma, where he spent a year after the 2004 tsunami with his wife and their infant son. Drawn with charming simplicity and brio, the book mixes traditional travelogue with glimmers of the unexpected, as when Delisle notes that in the local newspaper �some articles contain nothing but a list of officials present at a given event,� or discovers a lit light bulb placed in a drawer to keep paper dry during monsoon season. Delisle takes a whimsical approach but also logs political realities�the increasing difficulty of getting travel permits for humanitarian work, the abrupt banishment of foreign videos from stores.
Top customer reviews
It makes sense that Delisle's most enriching experience arrives late in the novel when he mediates at a Vipassana temple (246-254). By placing himself into the imposed silence of the monks, he experiences true happiness. He is at initially uneasy, his thoughts spinning wildly on page 250. Then he resolves to enjoy the experience of meditation in solitude. Basking in what amounts to a self-imposed censorship of the external struggles of the world around him, Delisle finds peace. Perhaps the Burma government could learn a lot from the monks who roam the streets, praying and accepting gifts of rice; as Delisle remains silently studying himself under their guidance, he is controlled and contented. His experience is self-reflective, beyond the sway of larger governmental censorship.
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.
Very identifiable. I think it the best of the series, followed by Pyongyang.
Must read it!!
After I read this book, it gave me a lot of exploration about Burma.
The author had many interaction with local people in Burma, he let me know about how the local
people like and what is the characteristic of Burma people.