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Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City

by Guy Delisle

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    Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle (Serviette)
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    lorax: As "graphic novels about visiting Israel" the connection is obvious, but the benefits of reading both do go beyond that. Delisle's stay is considerably longer, but he sees less of the country, and more day-to-day life; Glidden's on a highly managed trip where she sees more of the tourist sites, but none of the settlements (where Delisle spends much of his time). They complement each other well.… (more)
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In this graphic memoir Delisle chronicles what it’s like to live and work in East Jerusalem for a year, while his wife works for an NGO. What should have been a pretty straightforward travelogue became an illuminating if somewhat one-sided perspective of the everyday lives of Palestinians living on the fringe of Israel. The indignities, long waits, constant tension, and really the boredom that comes with living within East Jerusalem are well detailed with Delisle’s subtly simple black and white line drawings. Delisle clearly feels for the plight of the Palestinians. And while I can sympathize with Delisle’s views, the lack of an Israeli perspective, outside the settlements, strips away any nuance and begs the question how can Israelis reconcile the conditions of the Arab neighbors are forced to endure. I’m not saying his viewpoint is wrong necessarily but unlike his other memoirs Israel proper is a free and open country where a whole host of views and perspectives can be expressed. It would have been nice to get a counterpoint or two along with the stories of the Palestinians. ( )
  stretch | Dec 31, 2014 |
Guy DeLisle's graphic memoir of his time in Jerusalem is illuminating and provides an unbiased look at lives of the Palestinians and Israelis in this troubled land. Living as an expatriate, his walks around the neighborhood and road trips across checkpoints illustrate the tense conditions people live under. ( )
  cameling | May 22, 2014 |
A series of vignettes about the year the artist spent in Jerusalem while his wife worked in Gaza for Médecins Sans Frontières. Delisle clearly had no idea what to expect when he arrived in Israel and the reader gets to come along for each of his culture shocks - some funny, some scary, and some really sad. It's interesting how Delisle is purely an artist - at no point is he a participant in the events around him or learn from them, but the only thing on his mind at all times is to put an image of the current situation down on paper. It would have been interesting to see some growth in the character, but since Delisle is only in Israel because of his wife's job, it's probably only natural for him to stay inside his bubble. The drawings are very simple and the coloring subtle, but capture Delisle's view of everything around him in only a few well-chosen lines. Looking forward to checking out Delisle's story about his two-month visit to North Korea. ( )
  -Eva- | Apr 13, 2014 |
56. Jerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle (2012, 336 pages, Read Nov 2-5)
translated from French by Helge Dascher

I closed this in quite a state - very emotional and sad and wishing the world were different - and also kind of surprised this book suddenly got to me so strongly.

Delisle spent a year living in East Jerusalem. His girlfriend worked for Doctors without Borders and he took care of the very young kids and drew and made comic connections. As a French Canadian and an atheist he makes an interesting outsider in Israel. And he goes everywhere - in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron - getting tours from a variety of Palestinians & Israeli Jews of varying sanities. It's impressive how much detail he covers. There is so much and yet I can't think of any glaring misses and I learned a ton.

The book is a chronicle of his life, but it's also a tour of as many different aspects of Israel as he could capture. And, for a graphic book, the pace is slow. It takes some time to get through, which has a nice side affect giving every aspect he wants to capture it's full due...and of allowing the book to build on itself without the reader fully realizing what is happening. He does, in many places, catch the reader off guard, as cynical observation and humorous side story suddenly becomes engagingly emotional.

I'll be looking for more of his books.

This is also posted of my LT thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/160515#4395400 ( )
  dchaikin | Dec 7, 2013 |
An outstanding memoir of Jerusalem life on the sidelines and in the thick of it from Delisle's unique vantage point. A very subjective and sometimes one-sided view of the conflict in Israel, but also a sincere and honest look at the complexity of life amidst settlements, walls, and checkpoints. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Nov 2, 2013 |
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"Delisle explores the complexities of a city that represents so much to so many. He eloquently examines the impact of the conflict on the lives of people on both sides of the wall while drolly recounting the quotidian: checkpoints, traffic jams, and holidays. When observing the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim populations that call Jerusalem home, Delisle's drawn line is both sensitive and fair, assuming nothing and drawing everything" --Paper band on book.… (more)

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