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Chroniques de Jérusalem by Guy Delisle
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Jun 15, 2012

it was amazing
Read from June 15 to 18, 2012

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 sort of jump around from time to time and Delisle doesn't ever really harp on one subject for two long, but this is the joy of Delisle's style. It's what makes his travelogue so honest. He depicts things as if they are happening to him at that very moment. You get to go inside his head and see the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from the point of view of a French-Canadian comic book artist. You really can't get any more intriguing than that. However, because of this, the reader only gets things from one side, and though Delisle really seems to stay as neutral as possible, it's impossible not to notice his own personal feelings and opinions on the subject. But what else would you expect? You don't read someone's personal travel journal into a war-torn land and expect neutrality. That would be crazy. You read this because of this personal feelings and opinions depicted. Whether you agree with his opinion or not really doesn't matter. This book tells an honest outsider's journey to the Holy City and his year spent there with his family. Absolutely beautiful.
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