24 Books to Christmas – Day 23

baublesIt’s day 23 and we’re almost at the end of my 24 days of recommendations before.  Today I’ve decided to talk about Guy Delisle’s graphic novel Jerusalem:  Chronicles from the Holy City.  Now this was the first graphic novel I read by Guy Delisle.  His wife works for Médecins Sans Frontière, so they were sent to live in Jerusalem.  There Delisle discovered the complexities and difficulties of trying to live and raise his children in Jerusalem.

The graphic novel is very easy to follow and to relate to. Delisle has a nice illustrative style and he has a knack for telling stories about living abroad.  This would be a great place to start with graphic novels if you’ve not tried any or you haven’t been able to find any you enjoy.  I recommend Jerusalem:  Chronicles from the Holy City for those who love reading graphic novels, travel/expat stories, and stories that take place in Israel.  I also recommend Delisle’s other graphic novels in case you’ve already read this one, for example Hostage which is poignant and Burma Chronicles.  Check out the video belowJerusalem where he talks a lot about his experiences in Israel.

Overview:

“…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. Jerusalemshowcases once more Delisle’s mastery of the travelogue.” (Jerusalem:  Chronicles from the Holy City, back cover)

 

 

Jerusalem:  Chronicles from the Holy City – Guy Delisle

Publisher:  Drawn and Quarterly

Pages:  336

My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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24 Books to Christmas – Day 7

baublesIt’s a bright and early Saturday morning as I’m writing this on day 7 of 24 Books to Christmas.  Earlier, I looked out to the garden and for the first time in 3 days the sky is clear and a light blue color, no fog in sight.  The temperature has risen by ten degrees putting us at a comfortable 8 degrees Celsius. The first book that came to mind while making tea and looking out my kitchen window was Barkskins by Annie Proulx.

I must admit the only other book I had read by Annie Proulx was 1994 Pulitzer Prize winning The Shipping News.  I didn’t care for it too much because I found it to be a bit too depressing for my taste.  In spite of that first book failure by Proulx, I decided to buddy read Barkskins with Booktuber Retired Book Nerd in 2017.  We were immediately drawn into this adventurous, epic tale.  It begins in 1693 Canada and will take you all the way to 2013.  Complete with a family tree in the back of the book, my eyes were riveted on this story for about 3 weeks between January and February.  You have to love a book with a complex family tree.

I recommend this book to people who love reading stories that develop through time, adventurous stories, family sagas, historical fiction, and books with themes that we Barkskinsdon’t see coming.  Barkskins is definitely a book full of some wonderful surprises.  It’s over 600 pages but I’d definitely read it again. Very enjoyable! Barkskins would make a great book club pick too. The discussions would definitely go deep.

Overview:

“In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years…”

I hadn’t realized but Barkskins has been turned into a series which is airing on the National Geographic channel in November 2019.  Has anybody seen it yet? If so let me know below what you think of it.

Barkskins – Annie Proulx

Publisher: 4th Estate

Pages: 713

My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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