Jerusalem by Guy Delisle

87%

19 Critic Reviews

As always, Delisle shows an equal knack for pantomime comedy and for more involved personal observations...
-AV Club

Synopsis

"Neither Jewish nor Arab, Delisle explores Jerusalem and is able to observe this strange world with candidness and humor...But most of all, those stories convey what life in East Jerusalem is about for an expatriate."—Haaretz

"Engaging...[ Delisle] highlights the very complex lives of Israelis, Palestinians, and foreign residents."—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

 

Guy Delisle expertly lays the groundwork for a cultural road map of contemporary Jerusalem, utilizing the classic stranger in a strange land point of view that made his other books, Pyongyang, Shenzhen, and Burma Chronicles required reading for understanding what daily life is like in cities few are able to travel to. In Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Delisle explores the complexities of a city that represents so much to so many. He eloquently examines the impact of the 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. Jerusalem showcases once more Delisle’s mastery of the travelogue.
 

About Guy Delisle

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Guy Delisle spent a decade working in animation in Europe and Asia. His 2012 book, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, won the highest prize in European cartooning, the Fauve d’Or, at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. He lives Montpellier, in the south of France, with his wife and children.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Drawn and Quarterly. 320 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 19 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 2

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Douglas Wolk on Jun 01 2012

Delisle, a former animator, has a knack for visual shorthand...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 20 2012

Dascher’s translation is fluid, and the colors by Delisle and Lucie Firoud are effective at setting off distinct scenes.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by David Ulin on Jun 17 2012

That tone of both discovery and befuddlement becomes the defining sensibility of "Jerusalem," which is, remarkably, a book about the miraculous serendipity of the everyday.

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National Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephen Carlick on May 04 2012

Jerusalem provides both an excellent introduction to the conflict in the Middle East and a fascinating close-up of what it’s like to live in the most sacred city in the world.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Brad Mackay on Apr 27 2012

Jerusalem is not only an extremely handsome book... but it also presents Delisle – who has received his knocks in the past for his handling of social and political issues – at his career best.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Noel Murray on Apr 02 2012

As always, Delisle shows an equal knack for pantomime comedy and for more involved personal observations...

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim Martin on Jun 28 2012

...his quizzical, bemused approach comes as a breath of fresh air on a topic fraught with political division.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Rupert Christiansen on Jun 25 2012

...Delisle offers an equally valuable sense of what it actually feels like to be there.

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PopMatters

Good
Reviewed by Chris Barsanti on Jun 07 2012

...not long after that, Delisle and his family are on a plane out of Israel. It would be incredible to see what he would have come up with in a second year.

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New Statesman

Excellent
Reviewed by Hayley Campbell on Jun 17 2012

Without Delisle we might never learn what it’s actually like to live in a place like this, or get a realistic idea of the people we would meet if we did.

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Slant Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim Peters on Apr 25 2012

As a whole, the book is both enjoyable and instructive; it makes you chuckle and grin, and it makes you feel like a more informed, concerned citizen of the world.

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Hooded Utilitarian

Below average
Reviewed by Ng Tong on May 17 2012

These flaws are laid bare in Jerusalem which is morally earnest but sadly leaden and inconsequential.

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Comic Book Resources

Excellent
Reviewed by Chris Mautner on Apr 23 2012

Despite Delisle’s considerable dry wit this might be his darkest, saddest travelogue book yet, and that’s saying something for a man that’s been to North Korea.

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The Comics Reporter

Excellent
Jul 17 2012

I like Jersusalem of all of Guy Delisle's travelogue books...

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The Comics Journal

Below average
Reviewed by Sean Collins on Jun 18 2012

The problem is that there’s not enough of a spine, either narrative... or emotional...

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Geist.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Chelsea Novak

Delisle’s attention to the day-to-day details of life in Jerusalem makes the reader want to learn more.

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Bookmunch

Good
Jun 17 2012

It’s a terrific book and, like his previous travelogues, well worthy of being re-read.

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Just William's Luck

Good
May 29 2012

It's accessible, entertaining, informative and touching.

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Archive 7

Good
Reviewed by John Seven on May 31 2012

...Delisle manages to humanize the larger issues by allowing us to meet the people and routines on both sides that exist in the middle of history.

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