Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography

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Drawn & Quarterly Publications, 1999 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 272 pages
106 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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An easy, entertaining, and educational read. - Goodreads
The artwork and the writing are super simplistic. - Goodreads
It's very well researched and structured. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Nancy Moffett - Goodreads

I appreciated the clarity of the story. Reil was easy to recognize, something I often find difficult with characters in graphic novels. He is portrayed sympathetically but not completely as a hero. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jarett - Goodreads

It's like reading a history book. So... If you like history... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

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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