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Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City (edition 2012)

by Guy Delisle (Author)

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Member:charl08
Title:Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
Authors:Guy Delisle (Author)
Info:Jonathan Cape (2012), Edition: First edition, 336 pages
Collections:2015 (inactive)
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Tags:graphic memoir, Israel, Palestine, MSF, NGO

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Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle

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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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Nice to see occupied Palestine from an expat's perspective... This place is loaded ( )
  aborham | Nov 26, 2017 |
This graphic novel format really lent itself well to showing and telling what life is like in Israel/Palestine. It seemed to really convey a feel for everyday life there. ( )
  Deesirings | Sep 23, 2017 |
This book was really well done. He explores the complexities of Jerusalem in a way that is approachable and often even funny, all through his experiences sketching. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was a personal observation. I like that he spends most of the book experiencing Jerusalem, but sadly, the majority of Jewish people he interacts with in East Jerusalem are soldiers and settlers, neither of whom can present a friendly face. He doesn't really speak to many Israelis who also believe the situation is awful, just Palestinians and foreigners. I agree that it's awful, I just wanted to see more of the Israelis who agree represented in his travels too. ( )
  Alliebadger | Aug 19, 2017 |
I've always enjoyed Guy Delisle's work. I love his drawing style, his wry, self-deprecating humor, and his keen insight into people, which he displays both in the storytelling and through drawing style. If, because of the political context, you are expecting another Joe Sacco style book (another great comic artist btw) then you will be disappointed. Delisle's strength in this, as his previous books, is precisely in that he doesn't pretend to have a deep understanding of the issues or to be an activist. He looks at everyone as a human being and portrays them as they present themselves. He has a keen and natural insight into people and places and with a few brush strokes of image and words, make people come alive and be their unique selves.
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  aront | Jul 25, 2017 |
Just read this again and liked it even more the second time. Noticed Delisle's strategic use of color to mark off the difference between diegetic and non-diegetic. Good stuff.

First read 11/2014: I wish I was awesome and read this in French, but I just read the English translation, which I can't find on goodreads. Great graphic memoir about the author's year in Jerusalem. It offers a kind of outsider's primer on the Israel-Palestine conflict, and I liked that it was a non-American's perspective, since I think US politics inevitably colors our own ideas about the conflict. Beautifully drawn. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
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Après « Shenzhen », « Pyongyang » et « Chroniques birmanes », trois romans ­graphiques consacrés à ses voyages en Asie, Guy Delisle ramène de son année passée dans la ville sainte la matière de son nouveau livre.
added by Serviette | editRue89, Aurélie Champagne (Dec 11, 2011)
 
Fidèle à ses principes, Delisle enfile sa casquette de touriste/dessinateur/pédagogue/ observateur et emmène le lecteur dans un voyage qui mêle toile de fond politique (évidemment importante), achat de couches, déplacements en voiture et découverte des sites du pays. Comme toujours, c'est passionnant. Delisle possède un grand talent, celui de savoir expliquer et de raconter avec une légèreté qui n'exclut jamais le point de vue artistique.
added by Serviette | editL'express, Éric Libiot (Dec 6, 2011)
 
Curieux, faussement naïf, parfois maladroit mais respectueux des croyances de tous, Guy Delisle apprend à vivre au rythme des sirènes qui retentissent chaque nuit, au fil des fêtes religieuses. Il compose avec les traditions des juifs et des musulmans, rencontre les expatriés, les membres du cirque humanitaire, les religieux, les anti-religieux, les ultras... Un monde nouveau s'offre à lui chaque jour, et Guy Delisle l'offre au lecteur dans cette chronique du temps qui passe, d'août 2008 à juillet 2009.
added by Serviette | editMediapart, Dominique Bary (Dec 5, 2011)
 
Il ne faut jamais sous-estimer la perspective qui peut parfois se cacher dans le détail et la banalité du quotidien.
added by Serviette | editLe Devoir, Fabien Deglise (pay site) (Nov 30, 2011)
 
Delisle explique, dresse des cartes, place les villes, hachure les zones et, curieusement, plus on progresse dans son cours de géopolitique, plus on est, comme lui, de moins en moins sûr de comprendre ! Israël, Palestine, Cisjordanie, check points, colonies, blocus, roquettes… le tournis est total. Ce qui sauve le personnage-auteur, c’est sa disponibilité : « Je me suis aligné comme une année sabbatique, à passer du temps avec les enfants, faire des croquis, bloguer, explorer les environs », satisfait de cette nonchalance qui lui permet de tout relativiser et, surtout, de pouvoir passer de la gravité des situations aux vétilles de la vie de famille. Des tracas domestiques et climatiques aux circonvolutions politico-religieuses : rien n’échappe pourtant à l’œil averti de Delisle qui raconte avec humour, avec distance et sans dramatiser, sans niveler non plus ce qui est superficiel et ce qui est essentiel. Il travaille ici comme on le fait dans un carnet de voyages où l’intime et le planétaire occupent tour à tour chacun leur place.
added by Serviette | editBDzoom, Didier Quella-Guyot (Nov 25, 2011)
 

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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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