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Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  4,250 ratings  ·  444 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 Delisl
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published 2008)
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Paul Bryant
Sep 16, 2012 Paul Bryant rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Aaron
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
Cheryl
I love the feel of the perfectly sized hardback in my hands, the look of sublimely matched text and illustrations in little boxes on each page, and the monochromatic visuals of the two together. I look forward to all of Guy Delisle's graphic-travelogues and will treasure each rendering by such a talented artist. These are the reasons the book is a FAVORITE.

As for Jerusalem, each street is a sentence, every neighborhood a paragraph and the city is Delisle's memories of the year spent with his wif
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Didi
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
Ferdy
Spoilers

-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
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Xandra
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 I have it. A fantastic book with more color, more humor 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
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Kathe
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
Jonathan Funk
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
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Eva
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
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Mark Schlatter
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
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Diane Librarian
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
Piperitapitta
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
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مصطفي سليمان
قصة لطيفة خالص الرسام اللي متزوج من طبيبة تعمل ف مؤسسة أطباء بلا حدود
وقضوا سنة كاملة في القدس
كان بيحاول يرصد كل الاماكن المعابر والخط الفاصل العنصري ضرب غزة ومعناه المعبر والمناطق العربية والمناطق تحت سيادة الاحتلال ، ومناطق المتطرفين بعين محايدة تماما
بأسلوب بسيط وسهل
يحكي الحكاية دون اي معرفة مسبقة علي الصراع الدائر
لا يعرف ما الفرق ما بين المستوطنات ولا الاحياء العربية ولا ما يتعرض له الفلسطنيون هناك
تعرضه للمضايقات من الامن ومن المستوطنين
تصل للضرب أحيانا او حتي محاولة الضرب
وصد كمان الملامح ا
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Brent
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
Sam Quixote
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
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Erik
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
Francesco Zampa
Possono non piacere i fumetti, ma bisogna diffidare di chi non vederne l'efficacia narrativa e la capacità di raccontare qualsiasi storia e di toccare qualsiasi argomento.
È il caso di Guy Delisle e di questo volume in cui l'autore spiega ai più cosa è il conflitto arabo-israeliano. Con parole semplici e disegni, come si può non capire? In effetti sono concetti semplici, l'odio religioso traslato nell'avversione politica che diventa religione essa stessa, gli interessi sottesi delle Nazioni confi
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Kristina
I’m not a fan of comic books or graphic novels mostly because I prefer stories to be told in words, not pictures. But sometimes really well-drawn, clever art work can tell a story just as well as words. That is not the case for Guy Delisle’s Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City. This is a nonfictional account of the year the author and his girlfriend and two young children spent living in Jerusalem. I found it educational and interesting, but the drawings themselves did little to add to my u ...more
Marsha Altman
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.
orsodimondo
BREAKING THE SILENCE
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
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LeeAnne
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
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Raina
Delisle is the master of graphic novel travelogues. It doesn't hurt that he has a really condusive set of circumstances for the creation of such. His girlfriend works as an administrator for Doctors Without Borders, so this is the fourth exotic, rather sensitive locale in which he has spent significant time (and then created a comic book about). I read and adored all three of his other books, enjoying his Canadian take on China, North Korea, and Burma/Myanmar. So, I was super excited to see his ...more
Mmmarjorie
I read this in one day at an English-language bookshop in Jerusalem. I have trouble assessing the merit of graphic novels because I'm so enchanted by the medium; I tend to think all of them are brilliant. I found this volume to be difficult, however, largely due to my sense that I wouldn't like the author personally. I found myself angered by his lack of emotional connection to the Palestinian struggle despite living in East Jerusalem and being surrounded by the world of activists and NGOs (duri ...more
Patrick McCoy
Jerusalem: Chronicles From The Holy City (2012) is the latest graphic novel from Guy Delisle, a graphic novelist I have come to greatly appreciate. Delisle is partners with a doctor who participates in Doctors Without Borders, which has led him to live in places like Jerusalem and Rangoon, which he recounts in his graphic novels. Earlier his job as an animator led to stints living in Pyongyang, North Korea and Shenzhen, China which both also got graphic novel treatment. I find Delisle very engag ...more
Hol
May 09, 2012 Hol added it
Great book! I have loved all of Guy DeLisle’s travelogues but this one is not only especially rich in material (he lived in East Jerusalem for a full year), it shows off how his visual storytelling has evolved over time: there are sequences with no words at all, such as one that conveys the surreal and bewildering experience of going through a security checkpoint in the West Bank wall. I was lucky to hear him read at a small bookstore and found myself staring at him between slides, feeling tickl ...more
Ivan Belička
V ideálnom prípade by túto knihu mali čítať ľudia, ktorí o Izraeli nič nevedia a niečo vedieť chcú alebo sa tam nejakým nedopatrením ocitli. Delisleho rozprávač je totiž ignorant, ktorého sklamané očakávania, údiv a niekedy príliš hlúpe otázky a poznámky by takými nemuseli byť, ak by si pred tým ako odišiel do Jeruzalema na rok žiť, prečítal o Izraeli aspoň jednu knihu. Ide o človeka-milíon, teda človeka zo strednej triedy, ktorého život sa točí okolo svojej rodiny a istej západnej pohodlnosti, ...more
Brendan Diamond
What a fantastic piece of work. More in-depth and nakedly political than Burma Chronicles, Jerusalem also features an actual cast of characters, proving that Delisle actually has evolved as a writer. I particularly enjoyed a Lutheran priest named Michael, who Delisle comes across while investigating the city, and with whom he strikes up a friendship. An irreverent reverend if there ever was one, Michael has more character in his few scenes than any individual did in Burma Chronicles.

The idea beh
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Debra Askanase
Guy Delisle is a Canadian graphic artist (comic book artist) who has created two other graphic novels about cities where he has lived. He travels with his girlfriend, a Doctors Without Borders employee, to hotspots around the world. In this installment, Jerusalem, Guy and his girlfriend (along with their two young children) spend a year in Jerusalem. More specifically, East Jerusalem.

If you've ever spent time in Israel at all, you would know that there are very different experiences living in W
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Oleg Kagan
Finding Guy Delisle's Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea somewhat unsatisfying, I was not sure what to expect when I decided to take the Unshelved Book Club up on their recommendation for Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City. A few things were in the book's favor from the outset. First, I have some interest in the region specifically, and I like travelogues generally. Second, I figured that the graphic novel genre would allow me to experience a city that is known for its ancient architectur ...more
Ben
Guy Delisle has now released his fourth graphic travel memoir, and, to be honest, they keep getting better and better. Delisle is married to a doctor who works with Doctors Without Borders, and this job takes them all around the world. Previous graphic memoirs have covered North Korea, Shenzhen in China, and Burma, taking us places where travel is difficult and most of us will never venture. Delisle's perspective and sense of humor is what sets these works apart from other similar works. While h ...more
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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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