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Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  7,548 Ratings  ·  633 Reviews
"Neither Jewish nor Arab, Delisle explores Jerusalem and is able to observe this strange world with candidness and humor...But most of all, those stories convey what life in East Jerusalem is about for an expatriate."--Haaretz

"Engaging...[ Delisle] highlights the very complex lives of Israelis, Palestinians, and foreign residents."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Guy Deli
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published November 16th 2011)
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Paul Bryant
Sep 15, 2012 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it
Recommended to Paul by: Rose

I love these graphic autobiographers and their concentration on the miniscule humdrum realities of their ordinary lives. ( On Thursday I tried to find a playgroup for my kids. On Friday I went to this really dull party.) I would buy all of them, every one, except that these are the least value-for-money books ever, they're always really pricey and you can read them in a couple of hours. But they're soooo nice.

This one is an account of a year as a "trailing spouse" in Jerusalem. Mr Delisle's miss
Michael Finocchiaro
Guy Delisle has moved around a lot with his animation job and nearly each place he goes, he leaves us his impressions and experiences in a comic book. Chronicles of Jerusalem is his 3rd and is a wonderful and pertinent tale of his experiences working in that crucial and controversial city. The artwork is beautifully understated and the storyline captivating and compelling. I really enjoyed this one.
Jun 23, 2012 Aaron rated it did not like it
This book would be more accurately titled "a bunch of random journal entries by an Ugly American in East Jerusalem." Delisle spends a year in East Jerusalem with his girlfriend and their children while she works for Doctors without Borders. The book is his travelogue of that time, but Delisle manages to spend a year in an incredibly diverse and vibrant city and not be changed in the least by it. He shows contempt for almost everyone he meets and seems continually surprised when things are differ ...more
This is an appropriate time to take another look at Jerusalem, and Guy Delisle’s book can explain to you the in and outs of what U.S. President Trump is seeing while he is visiting.

Guy Delisle is a graphic artist who accompanies his wife, a Médecins Sans Frontières physician, to hotspots around the world. While in the past he has been able to work as an artist while overseas on assignment, every posting is different, and the one in Jerusalem did not lend itself as easily to sketching outside, te
May 30, 2014 Didi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel is about a man who narrates his time living in Israel. He follows his wife over who is a doctor with MSF(Médecins sans Frontières = Doctors without Borders) This man basically becomes the house husband taking care of the kids and the house, while trying to go out and draw what he sees around him in this country full of complexities and paradoxes. This graphic novel will have you laughing, shaking your head, and reflecting over all that you will learn. The artwork is simple but ...more
If you had asked me last year what I wanted from the graphic novel world I would have said: a more colorful Guy Delisle travelogue. And here it is! A fantastic book with more color, more humour and more depth than his previous ones and unlike most graphic novels, I didn’t feel like it went by too fast or that it wasn’t worth the money. It left me with a feeling of completion and the satisfaction that I got a solid and visually appealing account of a year in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is Guy Delisle’s
I started this book over a year ago and put it back on shelf... don't know why. For me it was a great reminder of why I find Israel and Palestine so fascinating and scary as well.
If you're in need of easy but very informative introduction to life/history of Israel and Palestine, pick it up. It's served with a bit of humour and even the most drastic elements are left to imagination rather than exhibitionistically display on pages... Great and very informative graphic journal...
La prima cosa che colpisce in Guy Delisle è l’altezza dello sguardo: altezza strada – o, forse, come direbbe lui, altezza asfalto.
E’ il punto di vista dell’uomo qualunque, del visitatore occasionale: solo in apparenza però - perché in realtà, è uno sguardo ben diverso da chi va in giro per il mondo con una guida Lonely Planet in mano.
E’ in questa specie di contraddizione che risiede l’essenza della sua arte, secondo me.

Per quanto Delisle tenti di camuffare il suo sguardo, di
Dec 25, 2016 Louise rated it it was amazing
Guy Delisle spent a year in East Jerusalem and found it nerve wracking and infuriating.

Because he lived in the Muslim quarter, buses that serve Jewish communities will not go there and routes aren’t connected. Road blocks and check points add to the difficulty of getting around. Water, garbage collection and electrical services are not reliable; They are fine in other areas despite the equal taxes paid by all residents.

Delise notes the unusual religious customs. For the Jews it is a sin to thro
Julie Ehlers
I’m not gonna lie to you, my high-school education in history and current events was really terrible, and then I went off to college where the professors kind of expected you to already know what had happened and when, and I just kind of faked my way through my two required courses and left it all behind. So now, of course, I’m always playing catch-up, trying to stuff as many facts as possible into my aging brain. When it comes to the whole Israel/Palestine situation, I try to read as much as po ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Chava rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the book in English. My kids read it, and they thought it was weird, mostly because they couldn't understand why he was living in Bet Hanina when he kept complaining about living there. For me, a recent immigrant to Israel with strong opinions about what goes on here, it was good to see a different perspective on "the situation," and it emphasized that things are not black and white, to the point where he does not want to shop in the stores in the nearby Jewish community, but then he sees ...more

-Disappointing, but not without merit. I was expecting something more emotional, thought provoking and impactful but sadly that wasn't the case — mainly because the author/illustrator/narrator (Guy Delisle) was an utterly charmless character who didn't seem to care about anything but his own little problems.

-I only picked this up because I wanted to know more about Jerusalem and Palestine. I thought a graphic novel would be a quick and easy way to 'educate' myself on the struggles in Isr
"Thank you God that I'm an atheist". That's what Guy Delisle thinks when he witnesses the spectacle of the religions in the region of Jerusalem.
His character in the book is a rather silly guy. At least, he wants you to think he's an idiot who is surprised with everything and everyone he encounters in this Holy Land. His observations are down-to-earthish and unjudgmental. He's like a curious child discovering new things, asking a lot of questions and making remarks like a child would do. Questio
Feb 12, 2014 Brent rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The cartoonist author, Delisle, spends a year in East Jerusalem with his girlfriend and their children while she works for Doctors without Borders. The book is his travelogue of that time, but Delisle manages to spend a year in an incredibly diverse and vibrant city and not be changed in the least by it. He shows contempt for almost everyone he meets and seems continually surprised when things are different from a more secular international city. He never asks why people do what they do, just is ...more
Marsha Altman
Oct 13, 2012 Marsha Altman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jewish, art
Such a well-traveled author should have known better than to portray Muslim women as ridiculous prudes and Hasidim as monkeys. Extremely disappointed in a formerly favorite author.
Beautifully drawn, well-observed travelogue from Delisle who details his year spent in Jerusalem. If you've read his other travelogues, you will know what to expect - but Jerusalem goes further - a step up in the quality of drawing, writing and anecdote material.

Drawing upon a year's experience of Jerusalem life, it would have been easy for Delisle to have used the political as the narrative for this travelogue - but that is not his style, instead pointing out similarities between different grou
Elizabeth A
May 23, 2017 Elizabeth A rated it really liked it
I'll start this review by saying that as a kid growing up in Kenya, I was very pro-Palestinian. As an adult I consulted with a tech company in Tel Aviv over the course of eighteen months or so, and visited Israel a total of five times. It took me actually being on the ground to realize the complexity of the situation, and the atrocities committed by all sides made uncomplicated opinions a relic from my childhood.

The author is an artist and stay-at-home-dad, and ends up in various parts of the wo
Sam Quixote
May 13, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
Guy Delisle travels to Jerusalem with his partner and their two kids for a year. His partner is an administrator for "Doctors Without Borders" and Delisle spends the year working on his comics, looking after the kids, and exploring/trying to understand the city of Jerusalem and its peoples.

If you've read Delisle's work before you'll know he goes to hard-to-reach places and reports on his time there (North Korea, China, Burma) and that the resulting travelogues are always entertaining and enlight
Mark Schlatter
May 23, 2012 Mark Schlatter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author_track, own
An amazing read.

Now, I've been a big fan of Guy Delisle travel graphic novels for some time, but this one kicks it up a notch. Guy and his family spend a year in East Jerusalem as his wife works for Medicine Sans Frontieres. There are still the vignettes of family life and the trials of adapting to a new culture, but an overwhelming theme is one of separateness. Delisle not only shows the separated nature of Israel and Palestine (through coverage of maps, checkpoints, and the wall), but also emp
Jul 13, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
This is another excellent graphic travelogue from Guy Delisle. He and his family spent a year living in Jerusalem while his wife worked for Doctors Without Borders. I liked seeing his drawings from the region, and he did a nice job explaining the history of each site he visited. Delisle says early on that he isn't religious, so he has an outsider's perspective of the ongoing conflict. At times he gets disgusted by the violence and the never-ending irritation between Jews and Muslims, in addition ...more
Gerusalemme (ma anche Israele-Palestina-Cisgiordania-Striscia-di-Gaza-Alture-del-Golan) for dummies.

…E quando nell'ultimo disegno in campo scuro vedi l'aereo decollare e riportare Delisle e la moglie Nadège (in missione con Medici Senza Frontiere) e le loro due bambine, a casa dopo aver trascorso un anno a Gerusalemme Est, non puoi far altro che pensare a quanto sarebbe stato bello se Guy Delisle fosse potuto rimanere là ancora per un po'; almeno un altro anno, come dice, per lui, più semplice p
Juan Carlos
Jul 03, 2017 Juan Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuando su mujer, integrante de Médicos Sin Fronteras, es destinada a Israel, Guy pasa un año en Jerusalén.
En esta obra nos cuenta sus vivencias e impresiones sobre su estancia allí, la situación de palestinos e israelís, el conflicto de Gaza, la convivencia de multitud de religiones y su rivalidad...todo con un estilo muy natural y pequeñas dosis de humor con lo que aprendas cómo es vivir allí sin grandes testamentos de datos o historia, haciéndose entretenido y ameno.

El dibujo es sencillo, per
Jonathan Funk
Mar 05, 2013 Jonathan Funk rated it it was amazing
Guy Delisle has an uncanny ability to capture those small moments that we tend to take for granted.

In the very first scene (flight to Israel), a stranger on the airplane provides some unprompted comfort to Guy's child, and winds up casually engaging the youngster for the duration of the flight. In the grand scheme of things this is just a brief intersection of lives that will never touch again, and yet touch they did. Each character having a small, but memorable impact on the others before parti
Dr. Ansh
Oct 28, 2016 Dr. Ansh rated it really liked it
Guy Delisle is a famous graphic travelogue artist and after covering Burma (Myanmar), North Korea and China, the ancient city of Jerusalem is his latest project. He visits Jerusalem with his girlfriend (who is working for Doctors without borders) and children and has written an enriching account of the daily humdrum of lives in the mystical city that stands at the crossroads of three abrahamic religion- Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The tone of this graphic novel is curious and humorous and t
Jun 15, 2012 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Guy Delisle and his style when I first read "The Burma Chronicles." After that I had to read absolutely everything I could get my hands on of his. Though I'm not a huge fan of his "Albert and the Others" style, his graphic novel travelogues are nothing short of brilliant. They are funny, charming, disturbing, and thought-provoking all at once. As a warning, this isn't that much of a solid through-line, other than the chronology of Delisle's own year spent in Jerusalem. Things ...more
Jun 09, 2014 LeeAnne rated it did not like it
This book is disturbingly pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli. The author makes zero effort to learn about his host country's rich culture and history. He shows contempt for Israel and seems continually shocked when things in Israel are different from his hometown. He simply shrugs with apathy as helpless dog is chained up in a cage for days and probably abused by one of his neighbors.

When the author learns about the thousands of deadly rockets Hamas fired onto the houses of Israeli civilians, he
Oct 16, 2015 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
I found this book - or, more truthfully, it found me - in the library at the school where I teach. It jumped out at me in a way that led me to believe that it had been purposefully put on display, but then when I asked our (absurdly knowledgeable) librarian about it, she wasn't even familiar with the title...

I am writing this review not having read any of the Goodreads reviews, AND not knowing anything about Delisle or his work, although I gather that he is a prominent name in comics illustratio
Tom Tabasco
5 stars to the quality of the drawings: beautiful, minimalistic vignettes, a confident trait, efficient coloring and page structures.

2 stars to the Italian translators: poor translation + many misspellings.

1 star to the content: I was already familiar with Delisle's superficiality, and to me that is a problem in itself. But beyond that, unfortunately he fails at trying to provide an "open minded" and "fairly balanced" account of the social and political situation. Especially within the final 50
Aug 01, 2016 Ankita rated it really liked it
An entertaining read but one packed with lots and lots of information! I had to take breaks in between. Delisle is humble as usual in his portrayal of Israel and has illustrated the various groups (their history, his observations) very well! Delisle has drawn maps and beautifully detailed his journey as he travels and presents workshops, etc. It's as colourful as Burma Chronicles but a bit darker mainly because it's heavily dealing with Religion...three of them, in fact! I felt lost at times but ...more
Pidin romaanista valtavasti. Delisle kuvaa vaikeita aiheita toteavasti ja jättää arvottamisen lukijalle. Merkintöjä Jerusalemista kuvaa Israelia ja Palestiinaa monelta kannalta ja ainakin minun ennakkokäsityksiäni rikkoen.
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Born in Quebec, Canada, Guy Delisle studied animation at Sheridan College. Delisle has worked for numerous animation studios around the world, including CinéGroupe in Montreal.

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. A third graphic novel, Chroniques Birmanes,
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