June 23, 2020

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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Ma sempre divertenti acute e interessanti. Il disegno in copertina. Cosa manca, almeno per me, rispetto alle Cronache da Gerusalemme? Rimane che Delisle fa un uso creativo del giornalismo a fumetti, il graphic o comix journalism: View all 3 comments. Feb chfonicles, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it it was chronicpes Shelves: So here’s what sums up why this book failed to impress me: 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’.

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I don’t know man. Walking through crowded chaotic streets – makes sense you’d want your hands free. But because that’s not how they do i So here’s what sums up why this book failed to impress me: But because that’s not how they do it back in Canafrancadapolis, it’s ‘weird’.

A few pages later, Delisle and the other white guy are stuck under a tree in a rural area, stranded in the rains. A villager comes running up to them twice, to bring an umbrella each for them. He then invites them back to his house to warm up and eat something. Someone who speaks English is found to interpret. Delisle explains that a government worker also has to be present to report on their conversations. In all this, Delilsle fails to note the selfless compassion shown by a man who at least once walked back to his home without an umbrella to help out two grown men who were incapable of making their way through the same rain.

In fact, looking at the drawings in Delisle’s crude but moderately effective styleit is clear that their host never used an umbrella himself. You know what’s ‘weird’ Delisle? The fact that you take this incredible act of gallantry totally for granted.

View all 8 comments. Jul 04, Brendon Schrodinger rated it really liked it Shelves: Burma Chronicles is an autobiographical account of a family who stayed in Burma for one year. The author is married to a worker for Doctors Without Borders and their family gets assigned to work in Burma for one year.

While his wife makes trips into the less populated and underprivileged areas of the country, Guy is left back in the city with his very young son and too much time on his hands. He uses this time to do his cartooning, explore the city and get to know the culture a bit more.

The book Burma Chronicles is an autobiographical account of a family who stayed in Burma for one year. The book is fascinating because of the lack of message.


Guy isn’t here to spout anti-Burmese government rhetoric, nor is he making a statement about colonialism, nor any other. It’s just simply his observations and a normal guy living in a foreign country saying “Hey look at this.

You can’t take from Guy’s observations whatever you want. And being about a country that many of us wouldn’t visit, Guy’s book gives us a unique insight into a country and people we only hear about vaguely in modern history books and sometimes in the news in reference to their government. The descriptions and drawings are very simple and minimal, but they did make me feel like I was there.

Another fascinating aspect of the book looked at foreigners in the country and how they live. Guys situation and other non-profit organisations deal with a lot of red-tape and they are generally not that well off. But while he is in Burma he connects with other foreign people working for multinationals who live like kings. These people live in mini-estates with guards, and have their own clubs and compounds which are beautifully maintained.

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. I really enjoyed this work and I’m going to seek out his others. Apparently he and his wife spent time in North Korea. I’d recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the non-super hero graphic novel, and I’d encourage anyone who likes travelogues or finding out about different cultures to check it out.

View all 5 comments. Jun 21, Trish rated it really liked it Shelves: I’d always wondered about it. Delisle said his level of tolerance improved over the year he stayed there, so that he could stand up to 90degF before turning on the air conditioner, while when he’d arrived, 80degF was his limit.

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One can actually use this as a window into the work of the organization as well as into the country. All of Delisle’s graphic memoirs are interesting. This one made me laugh when he showed a picture of a pen and ink drawn made during ‘the wet,’ or the rainy season. The lines were all running and blurred, as though it had been dunked in a barrel of water or as if one had spilled water onto it. The rest of the year is ‘the hot. Some of the physicians are stationed at remote xhronicles, and even though the organization is permitted to operate, getting permission to travel to and from those outposts is difficult and can be dangerous.

But here the usefulness of having an artist making the trip is apparent.

We envision the enormous ancient teak house in Mudan that is rented by MSF, and the local translation of a British village complete with fenced front gardens. You will remember Orwell was stationed in Burma between the world wars.

Anyway, Delisle guyy not a political writer, nor a journalist, but he adds a heck of a lot to our understanding nonetheless. I’m now officially a big fan.

Jul 13, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: I like it when travel writers show me a country that I’ll probably never see in my lifetime. Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been under military control since a coup inand it has a reputation of being one of the worst deisle on the planet.

InPresident George W. Guy Delisle and his family spent a year living in Burma while his wife worked for Doctors Without Borders I like it when travel writers show me a country that I’ll probably never see in my lifetime.

Guy Delisle and his family spent a year living in Burma while his wife worked for Doctors Without Borders. This graphic novel is similar to his other travelogues I’ve read, Pyongyang and Jerusalemin that he draws his day-to-day life and his experiences in the region. As a Westerner who doesn’t speak the native language, his main source of social contact comes from other expatriates, mostly people who work for nonprofit agencies.


Since Guy receives limited outside information — government censors strictly control the news — there’s an amusing section when he first hears a World Health Organization employee talking about bird flu and he spends a month panicking chronicels a potential epidemic. His biggest fear is if he and his family were to be quarantined in Burma and wouldn’t be allowed to return home to France.

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 edlisle, which is a different strain of the virus. One of the charms of Delisle’s comics are the frames where it’s just him looking puzzled and not saying anything.

Burma through the artist’s eye

Fortunately, there was no outbreak during their visit. Since Guy is an animator, he seeks out other graphic artists whenever he visits a new country.

In this book and the other two I’ve read, there are nice stories of him meeting cartoonists and sharing their work. Huy particularly moving scene is when he travels to meet an elderly Burmese artist and reverently looks at the original pages of his comic published inwhich had inspired a generation of illustrators.

Sadly, the political situation changes and the government makes it more difficult for foreign nonprofit agencies to work there. There is an interesting section where a Doctors Without Borders administrator explains to Guy why they are deciding to leave Burma: Because the government won’t allow them access to the remote Burmese citizens who need the most medical attention, and if they only operate in the capital city, then they’re essentially propping up the regime.

Toward the end of their stay in Burma, Guy attends a meditation retreat at a temple and tries to focus his awareness: How long can this state of grace last? It could be a hard landing. Dec dhronicles, Kaung Myat Han rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Of course, this book immediately caught my eye while I was browsing the French section at Kinokuniya Bookstore.

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It turned out to be so entertaining and gripping that I managed to finish it right at the aisle there within like forty minutes or something, standing and flipping the pages and suppressing my little chuckles.

This little French graphic novel reads Being a Burmese myself, I am always more than willing chronic,es lend my pair of ears chromicles what the expatriates have to say about my country, Burma. With cool illustrations, quirky and satirical humor targeting the military regime this book was published inprior to the release of the democracy beacon, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all the little annoying things chhronicles as frequent electricity black-outs and even the hot weather of Yangon etc, ‘Burma Chronicles’ is an amazing read which will delight you even though it’s not about delightful pleasant stuffs as you will learn about the brutal and oppressive activities of the military regime.