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Published April 1st by Jonathan Cape first published October 17th More Details Original Title. Myanmar Burma. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Burma Chronicles , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Burma Chronicles. Feb 12, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it it was ok Shelves: graphic-novel. 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'.
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 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 style , it 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, B Schrodinger rated it really liked it Shelves: graphic-novels , geography , biography-autobiography.
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 6 comments. Oct 06, Shankar rated it it was amazing. I always thought Burma was a small agrarian economy somewhere in East Asia. Dependent on rice and agriculture and subject to monsoons. Maybe it was the medium of the book - graphic novel - or it was the easy way in which the author describes his experiences with Medicins Sans Frontiers in the country that got me.
The story lays bare the extreme censorship of freedom including those of human rights. Women who worked in the mines were subject to vaginal searches in unsanitary conditions leading to infections. The country remains as dark the Govt chooses not to open it up endangering the source to corrupt spoils of the land. Our country has had a great trading relationship with Moulmein.
My own forefathers had visited Rangoon and had business interests in teak and other goods. Our state has many such examples of quality of natural resources in this abundant country. Such a pity that it is held to ransom for other interests. Guy Delisle has created quite a voluminous graphic novel given the subject. A great piece of work if you are considering Burma in your travel plans. Or even otherwise just to know how dark it is their for its Stoic citizens.
Amazing how many such countries exist with so much suffering. View all 4 comments. Dec 21, Kaung Myat Han rated it really liked it Shelves: graphic-novels-manga , humour-jokes-entertainment , french.
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.
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 to lend my pair of ears to 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 in , prior to the release of the democracy beacon, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all the little annoying things such 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.
Highly recommended. Jul 13, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: graphic-novels , memoirs , travelogues , comics. 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 in , and it has a reputation of being one of the worst dictatorships on the planet.
In , President 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 Jerusalem , in 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 about a potential epidemic.
Burma through the artist's eye
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Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle. Our Assessment: B : fairly entertaining but frustratingly sketchy. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review 's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.
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 its use of concealment and isolation as social control: where scissor-wielding censors monitor the papers, the de facto leader of the opposition has been under decade-long house arrest, insurgent-controlled regions are effectively cut off from the world, and rumour is the most reliable source of current information. An impressive and moving work of comics journalism from the author of Pyongyang and Shenzen. If you must visit Burma while it remains under the rule of the iniquitous junta, do so with the express intention of bearing witness to the tragedy and suffering of its people.