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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Chronicles of the holy city from is the obvious starting pointit is still an interesting insight into life in China and also into the early work of Delisle. I feel like Delisle wanted to come down harder on the Chinese, but couldn’t dellsle find any reason to.

I was impressed at how outgoing he was even in the stressful environment he was placed in, both deljsle city itself, the lack of communication and his bizarre expectatio This is a very interesting travel memoir, of a Canadian living in France who spends time in Shenzhen working on an animation project.

His style grows on you, and it easily depicts emotions and carries the story well. That’s what I do. There is also the usual assortment of quirks and funny local situations, but much less targeted and enthusiastic than in Pyongyang.

Delisle not only takes 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. This actually kind of reminded me of French Milk another graphic novel cum travelogue – nothing more than basic observations about people’s behaviour, people he meets and his delidle he’s an animator. Like his other travelogues, SHENZHEN is an account of a period of time away from home, alone in a quite foreign place–on this occasion, Delisle was hired to oversee outsourced animation production in a dreary Chinese industrial city outside of Hong Kong.


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I love comics because they are so efficient. Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved from ” https: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This was a second travelogue written by Guy Delisle after Pyongyang: A Travelogue from China by Guy Delisle. The graphical assortment is in typical Delisle style, simplistic but rich in local flavor. As he explained in his book Pyongyanga lot of animation work was being done in Asia.

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I feel compelled to add that I don’t feel this way about any other city in China, Shenzhen is just a weird and kind of soulless place. He brings to life the quick pace of Shenzhen’s crowded streets. Except it was a Friday; everywhere in Arab east Jerusalem was closed. I will definitely go back to read some of his previous travelogues, from North Korea and his Burma Chronicles. Notify me of new posts via email. Having been to Shenzhen, I can say that deisle the extent that I visited that polluted city, I can say that it is pretty accurate.

Here Delisle was not married and went to work with a French-Chinese consortium animating cartoons for French audiences.

Cover of the English-language edition. And you can see it in his comics xhenzhen he is not only showcasing the tourist spots and the bright sides of the country. I recommend it to people going to or coming from China.

My main issue with this book is it’s snarky depiction of a society that perhaps does not exist anymore. The first thing I could get sheznhen hands on was zhenzhen Shenzhen. Then perhaps Pyongyang and Shenzhen; in no particular order. Dec 24, Ash rated it really liked dflisle Shelves: Yet there is no mention of this at all must have been kind of wild, but just because something happens abroad doesn’t mean it’s necessarily noteworthy or profound.


But 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.

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Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Taken out of context, even boredom can probably sublimate itself and seem entertaining. Nov 16, Frank Stein rated it shrnzhen liked it.

Shenzhen is not a follow-up so much as another installment in what one hopes is an ongoing series of travelogues by this talented artist. I didn’t like the drawings and I didn’t like this guy as a shenxhen. That said, I still liked it a lot. Same old travelogue style but with a narrator who seems to go out of his way to not connect with the locals.

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He has access to translators, but their proficiencies are low. His new book, Jerusalem: Preview — Shenzhen by Guy Delisle. This book is better than the one delosle Burma.

Man, what a good read.

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