16 March 2010
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, by Guy Delisle
I had read Delisle's Burma Chronicles and loved it, so I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it let me down. In a way, it's similar to the other one, except there's less of the place and more of Delisle. He never hides the fact that he finds the government idiotic - unfortunately, this comes to extend to the people as well. Korea is, he says "a country deprived of common sense". If statements like that don't make you lose trust in him altogether, then, well, you might like the book. It definitely didn't work for me.