Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography

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Drawn & Quarterly Publications, 1999 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 272 pages
82 Reviews
"It has the thoroughness of a history book yet reads with the personalized vision of a novel." -Time


Chester Brown reinvents the comic-book medium to create the critically acclaimed historical biography Louis Riel, winning the Harvey Awards for best writing and best graphic novel for his compelling, meticulous, and dispassionate retelling of the charismatic, and perhaps insane, nineteenth-century Métis leader. Brown coolly documents with dramatic subtlety the violent rebellion on the Canadian prairie led by Riel, who some regard a martyr who died in the name of freedom, while others consider him a treacherous murderer.

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User Review  - Jennifer Irvine - Goodreads

Pro Louis Riel with bad and stupid John A. MacDonald (not to mention drunk). A little lopsided, although I'm sure pretty accurate. Riel was mentally ill (saw visions) and was executed for treason even ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jonn - Goodreads

Abridged version of the story of Louis Riel and the 1885 Northwest Rebellion told as a graphic novel, told with extensive endnotes to ensure an accurate depiction of the history. Should be taught in more high school social classes; a much more interesting way of learning Canadian history. Read full review

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CHESTER BROWN is the author of I Never Liked You, The Little Man, The Playboy, and Yummy Fur. He lives in Toronto; he is an illustrator for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.

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