Author and Artist: Guy Delisle
I was surprised by Delisle's relative ignorance of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict going into his adventure but he learned a lot quickly. He travels well - unafraid to explore new places and strike up conversations with strangers. In addition to his sightseeing expeditions, he shares the more mundane chronicles that make up daily life: buying a car, exploring grocery stores (a favorite topic in all his books) finding a decent playground for the children and, of course, waiting in traffic to get through checkpoints. Not surprisingly, the history and tension of the region provide ample material, enough that one year doesn't feel like enough by the end.
I don't know if it's possible to write about Jerusalem without betraying bias. Delisle's sympathy definitely lies with the Palestinians. During their stay, there were attacks between Israel and Gaza quite a lot like what's happening in the region right now. Given the conflict, his partner's work and the fact they lived in a Palestinian neighborhood, most of the people he talks to also side with the Palestinians. Interestingly, he reveals that Israeli journalists are a lot more critical of the government and the settlements than the Western press ever are.
Overall, Jerusalem is an excellent book. I think I preferred Burma Chronicles simply for my own ignorance of the country. I learned more. But that book's strengths hold for Jerusalem as well.