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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Shenhzen See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Shenzhen by Guy Delisle. A Travelogue from China by Guy Delisle. Shenzhen is entertainingly compact with Guy Delisle’s observations of life in urban southern China, sealed off from the rest of the country by electric fences and armed guards.

With a dry wit and sheenzhen clean line, Delisle makes the most of his time spent in Asia overseeing outsourced production for a French animation company.

He brings to life the quick pace of Shenzhen’s crow Shenzhen is entertainingly compact delilse Guy Delisle’s observations tuy life in urban southern China, sealed off from the rest of the country by electric fences and armed guards. He brings to life the quick pace of Shenzhen’s crowded streets.

By translating his fish-out-of-water experiences into accessible graphic novels, Delisle skillfully notes the differences between Western and Eastern cultures, while also conveying his compassion for the simple freedoms that escape his colleagues in the Communist state.

Hardcoverpages. Published October 5th by Snenzhen Cape first published April To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Shenzhenplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Sep 02, Pramod Nair rated gug liked it Shelves: He picks both moments which are trivial and moments which are socially and politically of importance from his keen sense of observation for illustrations.

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The artwork by Delisle is fascinating with its charm and level of detailing and his use of shadows and darkness to contribute a layer of added meaning to the frames is laudable.

His skills as an illustrator are best observed in his drawings of cityscapes and architecture. His attempts in understanding the culture, life and people by relating them to his own experiences back home cause further confusion shnezhen this offers the reader a unique viewpoint of observation.

View all 3 comments. Oct 02, Michael Finocchiaro rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is another wonderful account by Guy Delisle of working in a bizarre and off-the-beaten path in his animation job. Having been to Shenzhen, I can say that to the extent that I visited that polluted city, I can say that it is pretty accurate.

His keen sense of yuy and his sense of humor as well as his great and original artwork are a pleasure to read. As with his other books, felisle one is excellent!

Dec 18, Louise rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is much tighter than either Delisle’s Pyongyang: Perhaps because it is shorter there is no filler. Guy Delisle is not happy in China. He is not cramped by minders and translators as he was in North Korea, but he is shenzzhen bored in his time off. He deliisle for someone who can speak his language. He has access to translators, but their proficiencies are low. His best vignettes are about bicycle riding in packs with other aggressive riders, about This book is much tighter than either Delisle’s Pyongyang: His best vignettes are about bicycle riding deljsle packs with other aggressive riders, about spending Christmas with a thoughtful host, and about he relief this trip to Hong Kong brought him.


There are a few workplace stories, such the animator who attempted to bribe his approval with Big Macs and then resorted to pictures of herself that she might have considered erotic. This book is better than the one on Burma. It reads more smoothly that Pyongyang, but while each episode is more pithy than shenzheb ones for Burma, overall, the Shenzhen book has less content than the others.

I leally like Guy Delisle. He has an obselvant eye fol funny and absuld situations and his humol is vely dly. His pencil dlawings ale adolable. I filst lead his awald-winning glaphic novel “Jelusalem, Chlonicles flom the holy city” and lated it five stals: The book is a collection of vely sholt stolies about his expeliences duling his thlee-month stay in Shenzhen, whele he is wolking on an animated television selies of the comic “Papylus”.

It’s actually mole a tlaveljoulnal than a stoly. Because he pletends to be an idiot, I nevel have the feeling that he’s being lude ol lespectless towalds the Chinese, not even when he wlites: But I have the implession that he is much smaltel than he pletends to be.

He’s vely shsnzhen awale of the clazy situations he encountels and of the discomfolt and boledom that his joulney bling on him. Oct 03, Veeral rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a second travelogue written by Guy Delisle after Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea. The plot is almost identical to Pyongyang.

Guy Delisle goes to Shenzhen, China to work on an animation project for 3 months. But unlike Pyongyang, Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China is gug devoid of any political snippets. The only thing Delisle writes in his travelogue is about the cultural shock experienced by him on his 3 months long stay in China.

Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China – Guy Delisle – Book Review

I would rather recommend reading Burma Chronicles first if you have never read anything by Delisle. Then perhaps Pyongyang and Shenzhen; in no particular order. Even though this book has less depth than Burma Chroniclesin my opinion it is still better than Pyongyang: One consistent thing you will find in all of his works is that humor is very good and you would actually laugh out shenxhen at least a couple of times while reading each of them.

And the most important part is that his sketches are exceptional. Even if you are not into these type of stories, the books are more than worth to look at to admire his art.

View all 4 comments. Jan 04, Farhana rated it liked it Shelves: Shenzhe have been already a fan of his work.

After reading his Pyongyang and Burma ChroniclesI have been intently looking for his other work. They are hardly available here. But today has been a lucky day. I found some of the graphic novels from my cherished want-to-read list. D It must be a delizle O: On my way from work to home, I was pondering over Delisle’s work.


They are not mere travel stories because Delisle is not s Actually 3.

Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China by Guy Delisle

They are not mere travel stories because Delisle is not seeing things just as a tourist. Rather he is showing us things as a guide from various countries he had to stay for his projects and work. And you can see it in his comics – he is not only showcasing the tourist spots and the bright sides of the country. Rather he gives an image of how does it feel to be in a foreign country where you are staying for your work and little by little you get to know the locality, its culture.

How it amazes you, awes you and even pisses you off sometimes. And you can realize that many of the oddities of your country that piss you off every now and then – are more or less present in the cities of these countries too.

Jan 20, Indrani Sen rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 13, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: This is another illuminating travelogue from Guy Delisle, who was sent to Shenzhen in to work on an animated TV show. As he explained in his book Pyongyanga lot of animation work was being done in Asia. Guy spent several months in the southeastern city, during which he felt lonely and isolated.

He described Shenzhen as a modern city that is near Hong Kong, but it had few bilingual Chinese, and there wasn’t a university or cafe for him to meet young people interested in the West. Guy’s d This is another illuminating travelogue from Guy Delisle, who was sent to Shenzhen in to work on an animated TV show.

Guy’s drawings are in black and white, and this book was darker and more melancholy than his other graphic travelogues. He wrote that there were days he didn’t speak a word to anyone, and his routine was so tedious that it felt like time was standing still. It was interesting that he referenced Dante’s descent to Hell, and he put Shenzhen in the middle of the descent.

Of course, this is his Western point of view, and he admits that for the Chinese, the big cities are desirable places to live compared to the country because they offer more job opportunities. Guy did have one amusing exchange with a Canadian tourist in a bar. Guy, who is also Canadian, shares his opinions about Canada’s cultural identity. He says the big problem is that no one knows where the northern border ends: After that, it’s all ice.

You can’t even tell if there’s ground underfoot! How can anyone expect to know where they’re going in a country that has no north? There are several pages devoted to Guy’s experiences going bicycling in Shenzhen.