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Intrigues and Frustrates...,
This review is from: Burma Chronicles (Hardcover)
Like so many ex-pat books this is one long self-indulgent moanologue: "Things are not the same as they are at home!" Fortunately this is interspersed with the excitement and thrill of being in one of the few exotic places in the world where westerners do not get to venture. (In Delisle's case his wife, a doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières, provides the magic key.) It is a place I'd like to get to know better, so this book both intrigues and frustrates.
Fortunately too, Delisle does not take himself too seriously, or anyone else for that matter, including MSF or the Burmese junta. So this ends up a light and easy read, devoured in one evening in my case. And I think that says something for the book - that I did not want to put it down.
The drawings are excellent, if a little quirky. Some of the most impressive sequences have no dialogue at all.
It must have been hard to avoid the surrounding politics but for the most part Delisle plays the part of the innocent admirably, recording the sights and sounds and smells he encounters in a mildly humorous way.