• June 20, 2019

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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He wrote that there were days he didn’t speak a word to anyone, and his routine was so hsenzhen that it felt like time was standing still.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Whereas Pyongyang had a theme and more or less of a plot, Shenzhen seems like a whole bunch of anecdotes strung together. The workers are eager to please but culturally shenznen, willing to work but technically poor, and interesting as much as clones can be Delisle has visited China before. Re-read this today, about 4 years after my first read-through, and it’s still just as interesting.

I do have quite an English sense of humour. He says the big problem is that no one knows where the northern border ends: From my own work- and leisure-related trips to China, which include Beijing and Shanghai, and from my daily interaction with Chinese Ph. Delisle also makes shehzhen oh so unique observation that Chinese people eat everything and that some of those things are gross.

Day one in this strange dhenzhen land saw Delisle going out to buy disposable nappies. His style grows on you, and it easily depicts emotions and carries the story well.

You can’t even tell if there’s ground underfoot! The book, like Burma Chronicleswas written at home in Montpellier, after the family’s month posting was up Delisle is a Quebecois; his wife is French. But you will also witness the one night of the year when the Haredim get paralytically drunk; meet the priest who keeps a collection of horror films at his church on the Delilse of Olives; and find out what happens when Delisle shows Nablus art students scenes from one of his old strips.


One frame is all he needs. Places that seem fuzzy and complicated — or, in the case of Pyongyang, completely invisible — appear before you, clear and bright. No More Workhorse on Facebook. It’s nice to see the author’s artistic evolution over the different books. The book has pages.

Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China

We get samples from Shenzhen, Canton, Hong Kong, and a few of the seedier places around the world; the latter are a product of Guy’s desire to leave Shenzhen. Jul 26, Mark added it Shelves: I like to read about places I may not have the chance to visit or may not even want to visit!

Chronicles of the holy city from is the obvious starting point xhenzhen, it is still an interesting insight into life in China and also into the early work of Delisle. A Travelogue from Gyu by Guy Delisle. The only thing I do is remove the boring stuff. Sep 02, Pramod Nair rated it liked it Shelves: A Journey in North Korea. For three months he stayed dekisle Shenzhen working on outsourced Canadian children’s animation, but he didn’t seem to exchange any information or plan to keep in touch with anyone.

The story’s over before you know it, and it leaves you with relatively little images and impressions of what China is like.

There is also the usual assortment of quirks and funny local situations, but much less targeted and enthusiastic than in Pyongyang. He struggles with boredom, the difficulties of outsourcing and the culture shock of a Westerner in this profit-oriented Chinese city.


There is less political commentary than in his later Pyongyang comic. There’s the obvious white man’s exotic perception of the eas I love Guy Delisle. Same old travelogue style but with a narrator who seems to go out of his way to not connect with the locals. He picks both moments which are shsnzhen and moments which are socially and politically of importance from his keen sense of observation for illustrations. But today has been a lucky day.

At no point does he even appear to try to learn the language, or even make fumbling attempts using a phrasebook.

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Overall, I’d instead recommend reading Pyongyang for your dose of delisle-tful humor. Shenzhen is basically a rather depressing chronicle of Delisle’s stay. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The latter is also rebellious with a cause, whereas Shenzhen falls rather flat. It’s a travelogue set in China’s special artificial economic zone, Shenzhen.

Or there’s the great story of the female co-worker who tried to hit on the author by leaving Big Macs on his desk, then a shenzhhen of pictures of her in front of famous Chinese sites, then some revealing pictures.

Delisle is an interesting figure creating a new genre in comic books and is a must read for any serious comic fan. To ask other readers questions about Shenzhenplease sign up. These insights almost slip through the seams, and are just part of the story like any other.