Burma Chronicles Hardcover – 16 Apr 2009
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Like last year's "Pyongyang ." . . "Shenzhen "is a casual, dryly witty series of observations . . . A thoroughly engaging memoir. "The New York Times Book Review"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
`completely engaging...excellent portrait of a little-understood land, makes for a deeply original and fascinating piece of travel writing'.See all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Following in a similar vein Guy Delisle produced a book called Pyongyang, a unique depiction of life in that most secretive of states. Again using simple black and white illustrations Delisle employs a similar humorous approach. Sent to North Korea as part of his work with a French animation company he spends lonely nights in a hotel, wishing for better coffee and food, leading a curious existence as he is marshaled around areas that the government deems fit to see. Slowly he is able to see more of the hidden parts of the country, getting a better idea of the life of ordinary Koreans and the realities of being part of the 'Axis-of-Evil'.Read more ›
It's really funny as he's character is so alive and vivid. It always makes me laugh to see how he draws himself because in reality he's better looking that his cartoon self :)
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 23/3/2014)
Then I read his Jerusalem. A bit disappointed. Obviously he did not put in as much effort and care into his drawing and it shows. Having 2 kids can really affect an artist's dedication. Understandable. He did a good job describing the political and social scenes, which I found fascinating. Learned a lot about this city.
Then I read his Burma Chronicles. Big let-down. Further decline in drawing quality. It's obvious he was putting less and less care into his drawings and just working to meet deadlines. The story is much less interesting. You come away feeling you have not learned that much about Burma. Like watching a really mediocre movie and afterwards you can't remember a thing about it. The printing quality is very poor. It's printed in India, and there is no solid black. The darkest is an uneven grey. Paper is too thin, kind of see-through.
Comic books is quite an expensive hobby but we love the feeling of holding a nice quality book in our hands. I felt cheated when I got this book.
I don't think I will buy Pyongyang. Don't want another let-down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very funny, specially for people that have been in Myanmar and will recognize several traits/details deliciously illustrated in this book.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you've lived, or is living as an expat anywhere in the world, then get this.Published 22 months ago by Wikus
Another insightful portrait of another country that is not well explored. Guy Delisle manages to tell fun cultural stories without losing his political criticisms. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Evangeline
Lovely black and white interpretation on Burma. Makes me want to go and visit! Brilliant cartoonist. I've read the rest of his stuff and recommend it too.Published on 28 May 2013 by JSHUK
Did not realise that the whole of this book was a cartoon- and although it was amusing in a sinister sort of way , i did not feel the description of the product was clear, and it... Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2013 by DT Bath
This is the third Guy Delisle graphic novel, similar to Pyongyang, this book takes you into a forbidden country. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2013 by EvanderJR
I love the work of Guy Delisle and Burma Chronicles doesn't disappoint. I do think that you have to really like Guy otherwise it could be like having a conversation with someone... Read morePublished on 18 May 2012 by Aftiti
Unusual but really excellent book for those about to travel to Burma, gives a flavour of the country with wit and humour, yet also sensible. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2012 by jake55