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Burma Chronicles is the most enlightening and insightful book about life under the country’s brutal dictatorship in years, says Rory MacLean. 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. DeLisle’s (Pyongyang) latest exploration of Asian life is probably the best possible argument against the ruling junta in the embattled (and now.

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Feb 15, Marc Weidenbaum added it Shelves: This one is about his almost one year’s stay in Burma in during the dictatorship regime.

Burma Chronicles

His drawings are stronger, as well, just owing to his having improved over time. No, this isn’t some eyewitness account of the atrocities committed by a totalitarian state. Graphic novelMemoir.

It’s just simply his observations and a normal guy living in a foreign country saying “Hey look at this. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In nearby Hpakant — where MSF physicians are forbidden to travel – labourers working in the Chinese-owned jade mines are paid allegedly with shots of heroin.

Guys situation and other non-profit organisations deal with a lot of red-tape and they are generally not that well off. Guy takes Louis on frequent walks around the neighborhood in his stroller and interacts with local people in Burma. Dec 21, Kaung Myat Han rated it really liked it Shelves: Delisle said his level of tolerance improved over the year he stayed there, so that he could stand up to 90degF before turning on the air conditioner, while when he’d arrived, 80degF was his limit.

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The only substantial contact he ever had with the locals was with his guides provided by the government of North Korea. 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.

How, I asked myself, could a “comic book” begin to convey the cruelty, injustice and absurdity of life in that betrayed, golden land? When he begins to teach an animation workshop for Burmese graphic artists, he discovers that the friendship could cost them their jobs and livelihoods.

Qualities – well, first of all, I love the comic format as a medium. Secondly, have read a bit about Burma in Theroux and Pico Iyer’s travelogues and felt they were better. With cool illustrations, quirky and satirical humor targeting the military regime this book was published inprior 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.

Because Guy Delisle is not a reporter. 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. DeLisle, considering the area he was living in, could have spent this entire book rightfully decrying a horrible and violent government, but instead choose to focus on daily life, the heat, the locals love for his cute baby, the rains, and a hundred other aspects of simple human life.


Delisle has illustrated nearly everything – his day to day adventures, some isolated incidents, little surprises With a lot of information and visuals to absorb, it took me three weeks to actually get this book read thoroughly and I’m happy picking it up at least.

Pick it up and go visit a new country sometime! The fact that you take this incredible act of gallantry totally for granted. The Best Books of May 14, Ariya rated it really liked it Shelves: We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages chrohicles help you find your new favourite book.

Therefore, the title “Burma Chronicles” instead of “Myanmar Chronicles”. I don’t know man.

He’s much more comfortable with his tools than he was in his North Korea book, and I really enjoyed that one. How gguy can this state of grace last? Lists with This Book.

Burma Chronicles : Guy Delisle :

Aid workers, represented in by pictures and acronyms, wait and wait for travel passes to the destinations where the need is greatest. Simply put, Burma Chronicles is the most enlightening and insightful book on Burma in years.

Chroniques Birmanes is a Canadian graphic novel written and illustrated by Guy Delisle. Description Guy Delisle’s newest travelogue revolves around a year spent in Burma also known as Myanmar with his wife and buma. 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.