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Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle
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May 13, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from May 13 to 22, 2012

Rarely do I use the adjective "excellent" to describe a graphic novel, but in Guy Delisle's case, I'd be glad to make an exception.

Delisle, a Quebecois artist, came to live in Burma for a year with his wife and son to accompany MSF (Medecins sans Frontiers) in the country. In his quotidian life, he took note and documented what life looks like for ordinary citizens of Burma in the (former) capital city of Rangoon. Granted, the country is ruled under a restrictive regime, with frequent electricity outages and food shortages. However, the Burmese people, outside the most remote areas, still have access to some basic freedom such as running water or (limited) foreign movies. There is also some sort of religious freedom, unlike in North Korea or Iran where there is none.

On the whole, his love-hate relationship with the country and its people are expressed in the numerous anecdotes presented in its chapters. Reading this graphic novel is a delight, indeed.
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