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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He picks both moments which are trivial and moments which are socially and politically of importance from his keen sense of observation for illustrations. Dec 24, Ash rated it really liked it Shelves: I dekisle like he wanted to be back in Pyongyang for this reason. Most of my 4 stars are mainly because of the inventiveness and the artistic quality of the drawings.

The non-existent pavements, the cratered roads, the piles of rubbish Sep 02, Pramod Nair rated it liked it Shelves: While I couldn’t articulate it myself, this excerpt from a review by The Guardian’s Michael Faber is exactly on point on both Pyongyang and Shenzhen -“Both books are arguably diminished by lack of respect for non-western mindsets and traditional values.

The book, like Burma Chronicleswas written at home in Montpellier, after the family’s month posting was up Delisle is a Quebecois; his wife is French. A Journey in North Korea. The latter is also rebellious with a cause, whereas Shenzhen falls rather flat. Re-read this today, about 4 years after my first read-through, and it’s still just as interesting.

Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China

The Best Books of From my own work- and leisure-related trips to China, which include Beijing and Shanghai, and from my daily interaction with Chinese Ph. He’s vely deelisle awale of the clazy situations he encountels and of the discomfolt and boledom that his joulney bling on him.

At no point does he even appear to try to learn the language, or even make fumbling attempts using a phrasebook. Like anyone who has spent time in a country where the spoken language is unfamiliar Delisle spends a lot of time communicating using hand signals, but that doesn’t stop him from going out to explore. D It must be a blessing O: It’s intimate in its detailing in a shejzhen way thus.


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. Guy did have one amusing exchange with a Canadian tourist in a bar.

These incidents seem bizarre, but only when viewed from the perspective of an delisl. He has access to translators, but their proficiencies are low. Cover of the English-language edition. He realizes that the Spirou that he liked as a child is no longer funny. Once, you see, I went to Vietnam. There’s little interaction with the locals as English is a scarce commodity in one of the most business-like corners of China again, it’s Delisle, who began his working life as an animator, is thrilled to have reached a point where he can make a living from comic books alone he is translated into 13 languages, though, so far, no one has asked to do Jerusalem in Hebrew or Arabic.

A Travelogue from China is a graphic novel diary of the time Guy Delisle spent working in Shenzhen in The artwork of this book is black and white pencil and ink drawings.

Taken out of context, even boredom shenzgen probably sublimate itself and seem entertaining.

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One thing I totally found myself relating to was his desire to escape Shenzhen at the weekends, where he was attracted to the culture in Guangzhou did people really still call it Canton in ?! Retrieved from ” https: It held my interest – probably due to my personal connection with shenzjen topic – but there isn’t much to write home about here.

I will definitely go gu to read some of his previous travelogues, from North Korea and his Burma Chronicles. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. I’ll surely dig in to his other work as well!

I definitely found this relatable delisls some aspects, but I have to agree when the author himself says that it “doesn’t seem like the kind of trip anyone would want to read about. Delisle not only delisld readers through his daily routine, but also explores Chinese custom and geography, eloquently explaining the cultural differences city to city, company to company and person to person.


Now that is something I could easily relate to; yet, Delisle makes it interesting, appetizing and entertaining. There is also the usual assortment of quirks and funny local situations, but much less targeted and enthusiastic than in Pyongyang.

Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China – Guy Delisle – Book Review – No More Workhorse

Mar 28, Ankita rated it liked it. He takes the mundanity and boredom and weaves an interesting tale.

By translating his guh experiences into accessible graphic novels, Delisle skillfully notes the differences between Western and Eastern cultures, while also conveying his compassion for the simple freedoms that escape his colleagues in giy Communist shenzhrn.

Jan 04, Farhana rated it liked it Shelves: He has little to do but ruminate on his surroundings, and readers are the lucky beneficiaries of his loneliness. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Guy’s d This is another illuminating travelogue from Guy Delisle, who was sent to Shenzhen in to work on an animated TV show. Yet, to us, the reader, time does fly.

Shenzheb what he does is capture not just his own isolation but the dislocation of a city being industrialised and modernised at a frantic pace, amid a population that’s diving headlong into China’s new century, amid a culture that’s building up its own imaginary sense of what “modern” means. I think any foreigner who has spent an extended time in China will end up staring out of a window and asking shenhen “what the hell am I doing here?

A Travelogue from China by Guy Delisle. Delisle makes no pretense to a “deep understanding” or special knowledge. He finds Guangzhou and Hong Kong more interesting than Shenzhen. My books are always at pavement level.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Guy Delisle is a Canadian animator-cartoonist who’s based in Paris and who does very quiet, lovely travelogues often with a hidden bite.