Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea – Book Review

Back in August I reviewed Guy Delisle’s Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, which can be read here: http://wp.me/p3mys6-2N . His other work Pyongyang is no less interesting or well done. I’m posting this review of his work from the blog American in North Korea due to the fact that the author of this blog and review has actually be in the DPRK and has experienced a lot of what Mr. Delisle experienced during his stay a few years ago. I hope you’ll enjoy this review.

American in North Korea

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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea

I have never been a fan of graphic novels, but recently I read and enjoyed Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea.

Guy Delisle worked in Pyongyang as a project manager for a French animation company in the early 2000’s. The outsourced animation projects he oversaw seemed to run themselves, and finding himself without much to do, Guy busied himself by sketching scenes of Pyongyang and documenting instances of culture shock he encountered.

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea is witty, and fair (I believe) to what the experience must have been like as an expat there in the early 2000’s. His portrayal of Pyongyang’s unique buildings and architecture is spot on, and I found myself reminiscing over the many little details of Pyongyang he sketched: 50’s era Hungarian buses with star embalms, each star indicating 5,000 accident free driving miles, ladies…

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