Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography

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Drawn & Quarterly Publications, 1999 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 272 pages
107 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
As far as I can tell it is quite well researched. - Goodreads

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User Review  - James Estes - Goodreads

Fascinating story. I had never heard of Louis Riel and know almost nothing of Manitoban history. (Okay, remove "almost".) This offered amazing insight into the struggles of the Métis in 19th c. Canada. Also: a comic-strip biography, with footnotes, and a bibliography? Yes, please. Read full review

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User Review  - Meredith - Goodreads

Canadians don't have much of a reputation for badassery, but Louis Riel was BAD...ASS. He was a really interesting guy. A true metis! He was a mix of so many things. 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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