Burma Chronicles

DeLisle, Guy. Burma Chronicles. Translated by Helge Dascher. Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly, 2008.

There is so much packed into this 200+  travelogue about living in Burma. DeLisle’s wife Nadege is a French aid worker with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) on assignment in Burma. Guy and infant son Louis travel with her and Guy spends his time teaching about comics, touring the country and writing about his observations. Burma Chronicles is Guy’s account of their time in Burma from every angle from weather to architecture to malaria and AIDS to politics.. From the very beginning there is subtle humor (just look at the square for mom, dad & son and their luggage on page 3), but at the same time he tackles the politics of the country (his infatuation with seeing Aung San Suu Kyi’s house is cute).

Favorite squares: page 8 (father and son sleeping – oh so cute).

Reason read: Aung San Suu Kyi was released in the month of November.

Author fact: DeLisle has his own very cute website here.

Book trivia: There is a lot going on in Burma Chronicles. My advice is to read it twice.

BookLust Twist: from Book Lust To Go in the chapter called “Comics with a Sense of Place” (p 68).

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