Vancouver Courier’s Year’s Best: PYONGYANG and PAUL MOVES OUT

Year's best books include graphic novels, satire, short stories

Vancouver Courier    |    Vancouver Courier Staff    |    January 5, 2006

Books don't just make you look smarter when you're sipping a half-decaf, mocha-lattte-frappa-chino, they're fun to read as well. From short story collections to graphic novels, this year's crop of notable reads was no exception, with tales of post high school hangovers, mythological trees, dead rock stars, totalitarian states and deeply shallow trendsetters.

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
By Guy Delisle

If Persepolis was the breakout graphic novel of 2004, then Pyongyang is this year's, at least artistically. Like Marjane Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran, Guy Delisle's book takes us into a world few of us will ever experience. A riveting and scary read, Pyongyang leaves the reader full of awe, wonder and rage that such totalitarianism can exist in this day and age.-Shawn Conner

Paul Moves Out
By Michel Rabagliati

A wonderfully executed, sweetly innocent coming-of-age story about two young artists in Montreal. Rabagliati's bold black brush strokes are visual poetry, particularly against the cream-coloured backdrop.-SC

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