- Hardcover: 152 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape (5 October 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224079913
- ISBN-13: 978-0224079914
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shenzhen: A Travelogue From China Hardcover – 5 Oct 2006
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"Like last year's Pyongyang, about his similar stint in North Korea, Shenzhen is a casual, dryly witty series of observations... Delisle's got an animator's eye for quirks of motion, analyzing the arc of a public fountain's water and the way street vendors make popcorn in a pressure cooker. The best artwork in the book is his impressionistic, unnarrated pen-and-ink-wash drawings of Shenzhen's drab buildings and billboards, but Delisle's keen awareness of how and why he can't connect to the city makes for a rarity: a thoroughly engaging memoir of being bored to distraction." (Douglas Wolk New York Times Book Review)
From the critically acclaimed author of Pyongyang, Shenzhen is another masterful graphic novel that will appeal to fans of Marjane Satrapi and Joe Sacco.See all Product description
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Shenzhen is sealed off by an electric fence from Hong Kong guarded day and night by soldiers maybe to stop people from escaping from their dry mundane existence in the city.
One sentence stands out and that is Guy's forceful declaration that "China is the dirtiest country in the world!" This book was written more than 15 years ago so things may have changed now :)
On the graphics, in this book his pencilwork has a bleary smudgy black quality probably reflecting his experience of staying in Shenzhen.
Overall throughly enjoyable and soon will be picking more of his books :)
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I like that he showed the people trying to be good "hosts" to a visitor to their country and entertain him to the best of their ability - what was funny was his slightly puzzled reaction to these efforts. The drawing were simple and clean but conveyed people's reactions well and clearly showed the context of the situations he was describing. I enjoyed this novel and have bought more of the books in his travel series to see what happened to him in Burma and North Korea
There is no racism or buckteeth, not sure where one of the reviews got that, he just truly enjoys learning. I get the impression that he wants to understand just for the fun of it. He desires, in the end, to understand people, why they do things and uncover life's little mysteries. Like, who is stealing the manhole covers? Was the girl who put the photo albums on his desk in love with him? Why do the hostesses on the train give a military salute when they pull into the station?
Get it used or new, but enjoy it.
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