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Shenzhen by Guy Delisle


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BookRiot Read Harder Challenge 2015 | Task 7: Book set in Asia

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015 | Task 13: A book set in a different country ( )
  Bodagirl | Oct 17, 2015 |
Really enjoyable book, well worth adding to your collection if you have an interest in China ( )
  Claire5555 | Feb 26, 2015 |
I enjoyed Delisle's earlier drawing style and this travelogue had a much deeper dive into the profession of animation. Even boredom and discomfort are made into art in this piece. ( )
1 vote albertgoldfain | May 18, 2014 |
An amusing fish-out-of-water tale about the author's stay in China. Guy Delisle found himself posted in various third world backwaters as part of his work overseeing animation production for a French company. One of these was the industrial Chinese city of Shenzen. In this graphic novel he documents his time there and his amusing cross-cultural encounters. I have read three similar works by Delisle: this one, Pyonyang and Chronicles of the Holy City (his best work I think). This one is mostly apolitically amusing. The author is as happy to make fun of himself as his Chinese hosts. It is a fun read which gave me quite a few chuckles. ( )
1 vote questbird | Jan 17, 2014 |
This was a second travelogue written by [a:Guy Delisle|46027|Guy Delisle|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1234452984p2/46027.jpg] after [b:Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea|80834|Pyongyang A Journey in North Korea|Guy Delisle|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327884533s/80834.jpg|204166]. The plot is almost identical to Pyongyang. Guy Delisle goes to Shenzhen, China to work on an animation project for 3 months. But unlike Pyongyang, [b:Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China|210946|Shenzhen A Travelogue from China|Guy Delisle|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1330445378s/210946.jpg|2398408] is totally devoid of any political snippets. The only thing Delisle writes in his travelogue is about the cultural shock experienced by him on his 3 months long stay in China.

I would rather recommend reading [b:Burma Chronicles|5596923|Burma Chronicles|Guy Delisle|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328302383s/5596923.jpg|5768272] first if you have never read anything by Delisle. Then perhaps Pyongyang and Shenzhen; in no particular order.

Even though this book has less depth than [b:Burma Chronicles|5596923|Burma Chronicles|Guy Delisle|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328302383s/5596923.jpg|5768272], in my opinion it is still better than [b:Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea|80834|Pyongyang A Journey in North Korea|Guy Delisle|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327884533s/80834.jpg|204166].

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.

And the most important part is that his sketches are exceptional. Even if you are not into these type of stories, the books are more than worth to look at to admire his art.

4 stars. ( )
1 vote Veeralpadhiar | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Delisle’s European drawing style applies a humorous veneer to what might otherwise be a rather grim tale. But it’s so clearly hand-drawn — the lines of the buildings, for example, aren’t quite straight — that it takes on a cartoony feel, providing the reader some distance.

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Shenzhen, December 1997...I'm back in China, in the South this time.
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Graphic Novel. Guy Delisle's work for a French animation studio requires him to oversee production at various Asian studios on the grim frontiers of free trade. His employer puts him up for months at a time in 'cold and soulless' hotel rooms where he suffers the usual deprivations of a man very far from home. Delisle turns his attention to Shenzhen, the cold, urban city in Southern China that is sealed off with electric fences and armed guards from the rest of the country. The result is another brilliant graphic novel - funny, scary, utterly original and illuminating.… (more)

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