December 16, 2006
Earlier this year, I read Guy Delisle's graphic memoir about his time as an animator in North Korea, Pyongyang, and enjoyed it thoroughly. When his book about China, Shenzhen became available, I instantly added it to my yearly reading list.
Shenzhen tells the story of Delisle's time in China, working in a capitalist zone. His isolation from his co-workers, the rest of the country, and the western world turns him introspective while he studies the lives of the Chinese people and their country. With clever, self-deprecating wit and compassion for the Chinese people, Delisle has fashioned yet another classic travel tale.
My next book is Pride of Baghdad, by Brian K. Vaughan & Niko Henrichon.