Good work. Better than Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea. Guy Delisle seems more accepting towards the local culture in Burma Chronicles than what he seemed to be in Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea. And I think it’s obvious. He stayed in Pyongyang for only 2 months and his social circle consisted only of other foreigners like him. The only substantial contact he ever had with the locals was with his guides provided by the government of North Korea. So, it was natural that a certain detachment was going to be reflected in his writing. Whereas in Burma Chronicles, he stayed for a year with his wife and kid and really made some good local friends. And that is what gives this book more depth and feel.
So how is it, overall? It’s fun, really! No, this isn't some eyewitness account of the atrocities committed by a totalitarian state. The dictatorial regime just serves as a background for this work. Because Guy Delisle is not a reporter. He is a cartoonist and has written this book as such and it should be read keeping that in mind. The graphics are breathtaking as usual. His attention to details in some of the frames is really mind boggling. I am already a major fan of his drawing abilities. And I am glad that he seems to have grown as a writer and as a person as well.4 stars