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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea Paperback – 5 Oct 2006
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"Delisle has drawn an unforgettable picture of Pyongyang" (Time)
"Combining a gift for anecdote and an ear for absurd dialogue, Delisle's retelling of his adventures makes a gently humorous counterpoint to the daily news stories about the axis of evil, a Lost in Translation for the Communist world. Delisle's simple but expressive art works well with his account, humanizing the few North Koreans he gets to know and facilitating digressions into North Korean history and various bizarre happenings involving brandy and bear cubs. Pyongyang will appeal to multiple audiences: current events buffs, Persepolis fans and those who just love a good yarn" (Publishers Weekly)
"News coverage from North Korea is scant - the regime of the world's last true totalitarian state is not exactly welcoming to foreign journalists. But a new graphic novel gives a rare, tragicomic, glimpse into everyday life in the drabbest of world capitals" (Independent)
'Great stuff - and proof that the comics panel can be another kind of window on the world' - GuardianSee all Product description
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I've never read a graphic novel before, and never felt moved to, but this was SO worthwhile! It's full of humour, incredibly drawn - down to the tiniest detail - and you feel as though you've been living his life with him and experienced Pyongyang and the repressive North Korean regime personally.
My intention is to read more of his books, as they're very clever, very thought-provoking and contain the occasional funny 'quiz', giving even more insight into his experiences.
I wholeheartedly recommend it.
This is a graphic novel aimed at adults, but it is worth mentioning that there is nothing unsuitable for older children here (no sex, no violence, no bad language)
The drawings by Delisle are, as always, impeccable and humorous. I haven't been to North Korea, so I have no idea if what he says is true, but he does express himself in a very genuine and understandable way.
The jokes and side-thoughts by Delisle add to the read; it's a really enjoyable book. I am not a comic book or graphic novel fan... this was my first one and I have bought another of Delisle's books to continue whetting the appetite.
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