Veteran graphic novelist Guy Delisle talks to Rachel Cooke about his Delisle is a comics writer whose books – Shenzhen, Pyongyang. Last year’s Pyongyang introduced Delisle’s acute voice, as he reported from North Korea with unusual insight and wit, not to mention. This is one of Guy Delisle’s earliest Travelogues, with a trip to Shenzhen, China to oversee the completion of a children’s cartoon in

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I wondered where I would ever start. When he had a chance to leave the city and go to Hong Kong it was a different atmosphere, there were many people all over, the life and movement that seemed lacking in Shenzhen reappeared. Guy did have one amusing exchange with a Canadian tourist in a bar. Having been to Shenzhen, I can say that to the extent that I visited that polluted city, I can say that it is pretty accurate.

He has a talent for observing the banal and everyday, and turning it into something humorous. As in his earlier work, Delisle draws in a gentle cartoon style: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. As ever, Delisle does not try to tell an epic story. The Best Books of Oct 31, Philip rated it liked it Shelves: At the same time, this book does mention how towards the end of the stay, his colonial reflexes end up kicking in, and that somehow makes the book an endearing self reflexive journey for me.

Discover what to read next. I feel like Delisle wanted to come down harder on the Chinese, but couldn’t really find any reason to. ChinaGuy DelisleShenzhen. Drawing from his experience at animation studios in China and North Korea, Delisle’s graphic novels Shenzen and Pyongyang depict these two countries from a Westerner’s perspective.


One consistent thing you will find in all of his works is that humor is very good and you would actually laugh out loud at least a couple of times while reading each of them.

He and Nadege have decided that, for the sake of their children, they must stay in France for the time being. There’s the obvious white man’s exotic perception of the east and he does pander to it to a certain extent. Dec 18, Louise rated it really liked it Shelves: I felt like he wanted to be back in Pyongyang for this reason. Within its pages, you will find the settlements and the “security” wall.

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Seems lik This “Guy” is a schmucky schlup. Funny, precise, and unafraid to mention national foibles, Delisle begins his narratives as the baffled outsider: I would rather recommend reading Burma Chronicles first if you have never read anything by Delisle. This article includes a list of referencesrelated reading or external linksbut its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Of course, this is his Western point of view, and he admits that for the Chinese, the big cities are desirable places to live compared to the country because they offer more job opportunities. I would’ve liked to see him observe more ‘eccentricities’ of the culture from his POV.

I didn’t want to write about the Yom Kippur war or whatever. This is another illuminating travelogue from Guy Delisle, who was sent to Shenzhen in to work on an animated TV show.

The non-existent pavements, the cratered roads, the piles of rubbish His day to day chore is to try to control a studio of Chinese animators. You can let yourself go; nobody pedals.


I may be wrong here. Based on my own experience, I’d say it’s also rather dated, depicting a society in a country that evolved in the past decade faster than any other country in world history.

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Jan 20, Indrani Sen rated it liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book. It’s a travelogue set in China’s special artificial economic zone, Shenzhen. And it works perfectly: I leally like Guy Delisle. My emotions are way back. The latter is also rebellious with a cause, whereas Shenzhen falls rather flat.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. His keen sense of observation and his sense of humor as well as his great and original artwork are a pleasure to read.

He complains about boredom quite often, and tries to convey that to the reader. The first thing I could get my hands on was this Shenzhen. I do have quite an English sense of humour. They are not mere travel stories because Delisle is not s Actually 3.

Want to Read gut. But what he does is Guy Delisle is a Canadian animator-cartoonist who’s based in Paris and who does very quiet, lovely travelogues often with a hidden bite.

Delisle seems to spend most of his time going to the gym and lying on his hotel bed. After reading his Pyongyang and Burma ChroniclesI have been intently looking for his other work.