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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Guy Delisle was born in Quebec City in 1966 and has spent the last decade living and working in France. He has written and drawn four graphic novels, including Shenzhen, an account of his travels to China. Pyongyang is his first in English.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B01DZ7FVBC
- Publisher : Vintage Digital; 1st edition (4 May 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 126082 KB
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- Print length : 192 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #136,730 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read this in one sitting and was stupefied and amazed that such a country can even exist in today's free world.Guy Deslile has given us a witty ,sarcastic and intelligent novel with a wry sense of humour that had me laughing aloud at several places .
Well,can you imagine living in a country where 1) no internet connection,radio and any other access exists to know what goes on in the outside world.In fact ,they will jail you if you even try to own a radio, 2) no cable TV is allowed and the only two channels will telecast programs about the greatness of Kim Jong and his father round the clock 3)Ordinary people cannot own cars (roads are empty) and minimum electricity is used 4)The people believe that Kim Jong and his father are Gods and every citizen has to wear a pin with their photos when they are outside 5)All the monuments are built for them and the papers are also about them 6) people work all seven days and only on jobs given to them by the government .7)Concentration camps exist and people happily betray each other for better jobs or privileges .Anyone can vanish anytime.8)No cinema,movies,pubs,amusement parks (anything which will corrupt the people)9) foreigners are always accompanied by a guide who never let's them sight.I think you must have got the idea 🙊🙊
In fact ,Guy Deslisle says that common sense is a rare commodity in Korea and the reader will concur with him.
The only con about the books was that we never get to see the culture or customs of the North Korean people. Maybe,the reason is that the novelist was not allowed to mingle with anyone as chronicled in the novel .All in all,an enlightening read😊😊😊.I would love to check out his "Burma" and "Jerusalem" books😀.
Top reviews from other countries
This is a graphic novel aimed at adults, but it is worth mentioning that there is nothing unsuitable for older children here (no sex, no violence, no bad language)
I've never read a graphic novel before, and never felt moved to, but this was SO worthwhile! It's full of humour, incredibly drawn - down to the tiniest detail - and you feel as though you've been living his life with him and experienced Pyongyang and the repressive North Korean regime personally.
My intention is to read more of his books, as they're very clever, very thought-provoking and contain the occasional funny 'quiz', giving even more insight into his experiences.
I wholeheartedly recommend it.
I think this is the first book where he's comfortable with his own style (later on he'd follow the same style in Bhurma and Jerusalem). It is a great pleasure to read and to admire his art. The story itself is great and a spot on summary of life in the country.