Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Chronicles From the Holy City

Book - 2015
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"[ Jerusalem ] is a small miracle: concise, even-handed, highly particular." -- The Guardian

Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City is the acclaimed graphic memoirist Guy Delisle's strongest work yet, a thoughtful and moving travelogue about life in contemporary Jerusalem. Delisle expertly lays the groundwork for a cultural road map of the Holy City, utilizing the classic "stranger in a strange land" point of view that made his other books required reading for understanding what daily life is like in cities few are able to travel to. Jerusalem explores the complexities of a city that represents so much to so many. It eloquently examines the impact of conflict on the lives of people on both sides of the wall while drolly recounting the quotidian: checkpoints, traffic jams, and holidays.
When observing the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim populations that call Jerusalem home, Delisle's drawn line is both sensitive and fair, assuming nothing and drawing everything. A sixteen-page appendix to the paperback edition lets the reader behind the curtain, revealing intimate process sketches from Delisle's time in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is a masterfully hewn travelogue; topping Best of 2012 lists from The Guardian , Paste , and the Montreal Gazette , it was the graphic novel of the year.

Publisher: Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2015
Edition: 1st paperback ed
ISBN: 9781770461765
Characteristics: 336 p. : chiefly illustrated (some col.) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Firoud, Lucie
Dascher, Helge 1965-

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wildct2003
Jan 28, 2017

A full year in Jerusalem with 2 kids who can talk (and a busy wife) for this trip. Another good volume in his stranger-in-a-strange-land series. Recommended.

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Caroline1616
Sep 03, 2015

I totally agree with the praises below: this book is great. It is funny, so well done, full of information, moving, interesting. Bravo!

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kwsmith
Aug 04, 2015

Jerusalem is French Canadian comic book artist Guy Delisle's best work. This graphic novel is wonderfully insightful, educational, and entertaining.

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gillythebetter
Aug 06, 2014

Another great living abroad comic by Delisle. It's brain candy that miraculously makes you smarter too. Eat it up!

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lukasevansherman
Oct 29, 2013

French comic artist belongs to a small group (Joe Sacco is the other prominent example) who combine reporting with autobiography. He's traveled to China, North Korea and Burma and then illustrated his experiences. In this book, he and his family spend a year in Jerusalem and he acts as a wry, mostly impartial observer to the continuing tensions. His artwork is a little more cartoonish than Sacco's, but still detailed and striking. Even if you dismiss comics, this is worth your time. Also see: Persepolis, Palestine.

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travismcewan
Aug 08, 2013

Simple drawings that covey his surroundings effectively. The sarcasm that he uses to make fun of the country and himself never misses a beat. It's also great to learn about a country that may not make sense to most. Guy Deslisle can do no harm.

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Linni
Jul 30, 2013

Guy Delisle is so talented! Love his art and sense of humour. A must read for all of those interested in the middle east, it will give you a better understanding of the culture and place.

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Mivasair
May 20, 2013

A very honest portrayal of a very complex place. I highly recommend this book.

I've lived in Jerusalem for several years and found Delisle's view very accurate and insightful.

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VRMurphy
Apr 17, 2013

Highly recommended memoir of a year living in Jerusalem. Open-minded and informative without being preachy, and very well-drawn. Made me seek out other works by the same author.

Donna_R Nov 19, 2012

This was recommended to me by Auckland librarian Sean M (big tip of the hat!). Guy comes across as a reasonable, thoughtful bloke. He documents the difficulties and oddities of life in Jerusalem on both sides of the wall. Stephen Carlick’s review in The National Post says:

… it’s his juxtaposition of the various points of view — Israeli, Palestinian, Christian, that of Médecins Sans Frontières, and his own — that makes it his best. The tension in the Holy City between what is how sacred to whom is central to the success of Jerusalem, largely because of the clear-eyed way Delisle depicts the struggles of daily life in a city where so many strongly opposed factions coexist.

The success of this book is how it simply presents the everyday details of life.

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