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I have to say that I didn’t really know too much about the city of Jerusalem before I read this adult non-fiction graphic novel….and I certainly know more now! Very pleasurable read by Guy Delisle, and I highly recommend it. Fascinating and informative stuff. (submitted by SF)
I own this book, it's the only one of his books that I do own, and I think it's absolutely fascinating! He really gets to the heart of what's going on in Israel!
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.
I totally agree with the praises below: this book is great. It is funny, so well done, full of information, moving, interesting. Bravo!
Jerusalem is French Canadian comic book artist Guy Delisle's best work. This graphic novel is wonderfully insightful, educational, and entertaining.
Another great living abroad comic by Delisle. It's brain candy that miraculously makes you smarter too. Eat it up!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Incredible read. At times I had to put down the book and breathe deeply to control my anger. The absurdity of this apartheid regime and its people was a major "character" in this book. Guy has done all of us a favour by depicting his experience in such a controlled envrionment. In the book he describes sketching the Wall. I wonder if he left any grafitti?
This book is a must read.
This is a great graphic novel. It explains the Isreali-Palestinian conflict in a simple, straight forward way so that any regular person can understand it without having any background knowledge. And as a bonus, it's really funny!