Tuesday, December 13, 2005

PYONGYANG: A Journey in North Korea



This graphic novel is an account of the author, Guy Delisle's two months spent in North Korea, supervising an animation project. It gives a Westerner's perspective on a country devoid of all common sense, the result of totalitarian Communism and too much one-sided propaganda. I actually laughed out loud at one point, when a large group of children were throwing buckets of water on a lawn, watering it...just for "fun". There were "volunteers" sweeping the freeways, cutting the grass with scissors, among other mysterious acts, made to keep citizens out of trouble i suppose. The photograph above is probably the most ridiculous modern structure to my knowledge, the Ryugyong hotel. It was built in Pyongyang to host part of the Olympic trials in 1988 and they stopped working on it in 1989. It is over 1,000 feet tall and has 105 floors, and it is completely empty, just a concrete shell with no windows and there it will stand for who knows how long. Millions of dollars were spent building it while many of the local people were starving. The mysteries of humanity...

3 comments:

phyllis sweetwater said...

this sounds really interesting can i read it when we come visit? the whole concept of a communist society could work so well in theory, but sometimes it turns out so wrong. i think only a perfect leader could make it work...

elisabeth said...

yeah i think it only works with the smurfs.
i got this book from the library, so you will have to get yours through them too.

Dagga said...

I was looking at it at work just the other day wondering if I should read it, guess I should. I am such a communist in my heart but I agree it would have to be a perfect uncorruptable leader to make it work. My sociology teacher used to say that to achive the perfect communist sociaty we would have to go through a long period of capitalism so I guess there is still hope