Law and Conversation

November 24, 2010

3 graphic travel memoirs

Filed under: Books and writing,graphic novels,memoirs,travel — Helen Gunnarsson @ 10:23 am
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A week after I decided to dedicate Wednesdays to posts recommending three stories linked together by some common theme, I noticed that NPR is doing the same thing.  There are some great themes:  gossip, family secrets, and France, to name just a few.

To continue my recent series of posts on graphic novels, I’m focusing on graphic travel memoirs today.  Each book below is beautifully drawn and enables you to see the country as the author did.

1) Pyongyang, by Guy DeLisle.  Account of the author’s trip to the North Korean capital.  DeLisle blogs here in French.

2) Carnet de Voyage, by Craig Thompson.  Travel diary of the author’s trip to Europe, with a side trip to Morocco, to promote his graphic memoir, Blankets.

3) Burma Chronicles, also by Guy DeLisle.

What travel books, graphic or not, do you recommend?


  1. I’ve really enjoyed “A Journey Long and Strange” and “Baghdad Without a Map”, both by Tony Horwitz. Paul Thoroux’s “The Pillars of Hercules” is wonderful as well, especially if you’ve got Google Maps up while you’re reading.

    Comment by Redhead — November 24, 2010 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

    • Oh, Tony Horwitz is wonderful. I loved his “Confederates in the Attic.”

      Incidentally, Redhead, the minute you finish “Maus II” you must hie yourself to the library and get Craig Thompson’s “Blankets.” It’s terrific!

      Comment by Helen Gunnarsson — November 24, 2010 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

      • I did see Blankets last time I was there, and almost got it. I’m gonna be back at the library before this holiday weekend is over, aren’t I? 😉

        Comment by Redhead — November 25, 2010 @ 11:02 am

  2. Hmmm, I don’t think I’ve ever read a travel book or memoir.

    Comment by Ava George Stewart — November 25, 2010 @ 7:20 am | Reply

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