Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Chronicles From the Holy City

Book - 2012
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jassiet
Feb 24, 2020

I was lucky enough to live in Jerusalem for a few years and so much of my experience was perfectly captured in this graphic novel! Such a great read.

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)

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elizabeth88_1
Jul 31, 2018

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!

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wildct2003
Jan 28, 2017

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.

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Caroline1616
Sep 03, 2015

I totally agree with the praises below: this book is great. It is funny, so well done, full of information, moving, interesting. Bravo!

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kwsmith
Aug 04, 2015

Jerusalem is French Canadian comic book artist Guy Delisle's best work. This graphic novel is wonderfully insightful, educational, and entertaining.

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gillythebetter
Aug 06, 2014

Another great living abroad comic by Delisle. It's brain candy that miraculously makes you smarter too. Eat it up!

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travismcewan
Aug 08, 2013

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.

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Linni
Jul 30, 2013

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.

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Mivasair
May 20, 2013

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.

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VRMurphy
Apr 17, 2013

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.

Donna_R Nov 19, 2012

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.

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devillar
Jul 09, 2012

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.

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vannieflufan
Jun 13, 2012

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!


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