Cronache Birmane (2007)
Cronache birmane (2007)
3.96 of 5 Votes: 2
8889674326 (ISBN13: 9788889674321)
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I really enjoyed this. I was a little hestiant because I read his North Korea book last year, and whilst I did like it, it was interesting etc there was also something a bit arrogant and dismissive of the North Koreans in it that had a slight arsehole alarm bell ringing. So I was a tiny bit apprehensive as to what he'd make of Burma.Perhaps fatherhood has mellowed him, or perhaps he's just grown up. Whatever it was, I enjoyed this book more, and I didn't want to throttle him at times, so it's all good. This is a graphic novel travelogue of snippets of experiences of his year in Burma (or Myanmar, depending on which country you live in). Guy Delisle is a comic illustrator and his wife is a doctor working for MSF (at least at that time). She is posted to Burma for a year, so off the family go, with baby/toddler Louis. It's nice to see people having a child and cracking on with life regardless rather than getting all hysterical over the fact that they have a child. It also gives his experiences of Burma a different perspective, as he is the house husband here, so a lot of his time is spent pottering around town, doing the shopping, pushing the pram - and wandering around with a baby seems to be a good conversation starting point with the locals. Obviously this is a foreigner's perspective of life in Burma, so we don't get down to the nitty gritty of living under a military dictatorship, but it is still interesting and insightful in its own way. And I just loved this water festival they have. Just before the rainy season, when it's at its hottest, they all spray each other with water (bowls, water pistols, hosepipes) and there are towers errected with hosepipes supplied by water pumped out of the lake which is sprayed at all passing traffic. Looks like great fun. While bored of the autobiographical or life experience tales, I thought I'd give this one a shot because of the detail in the art. I'm impressed at the quality of thought into this book. The panels are collected into a series of short stories that explore not only a foreigner's life in a developing country, but observations of life in a militaristic nation/dictatorship, and the role / difficulties of NGOs in these nations.
I really enjoyed his illustrations and story. Will read more of his work in the future.
My first graphic book (non-fiction) and I think my last.
Actual rating: 3.5
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