Study Guide

Pyongyang Chapter 5

By Guy Delisle

Chapter 5

  • Guy and his translator go to visit the animators on the 11th floor.
  • They’ve got everything animators need: desks, pens, paper, a rack of rifles…
  • Wait, what?
  • That’s right: a rack of rifles. Strangely, they’re wooden rifles—not for shooting. What is this, the animation color guard?
  • Back in his own office, Guy tries to listen to reggae, but no one else is singing along.
  • After lunch, Guy gets dragged along on another sights-and-sounds tour of North Korea—maybe as punishment for forcing everyone to listen to Bob Marley.
  • During the tour, Guy realizes how the North Koreans “live in a state of constant paradox, where truth is anything but constant” (5.74).
  • Then Guy compares the North Koreans to wind-up dolls.
  • Later, Guy looks out the window to listen to the propaganda truck. You read that right: the propaganda truck. Even Orwell couldn’t have thought that one up.