Chronicles From the Holy City

Book - 2012
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"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.

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, c2012.
ISBN: 9781770460713
Characteristics: 336 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Firoud, Lucie
Dascher, Helge 1965-


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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)

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!

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.

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!

Aug 04, 2015

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

Aug 06, 2014

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

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.

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.

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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