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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea Paperback – 1 Jan 2000
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"Guy Delisle is a wry 37-year-old French Canadian cartoonist whose work for a French animation studio requires him to oversee production at various Pacific Rim studios on the grim frontiers of free trade. His employer puts him up for months at a time in 'cold and soulless' hotel rooms where he suffers the usual maladies of the long-term boarder: cultural and linguistic alienation, boredom, and cravings for Western food and real coffee. Delisle depicts these sojourns into the heart of isolation in [the] brilliant 'graphic novel' . . . "Pyongyang."" --"Foreign Affairs"
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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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