Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography

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Drawn & Quarterly Publications, 1999 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 272 pages
120 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  - Rob Forteath - Goodreads

What an unusual and interesting work! It is well-paced and fascinating from start to finish, and you never feel you are being manipulated by the biographer to think unduly well nor ill of the subject ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kiwinyx - Goodreads

A pretty good attempt to retell the story of one of Canada's biggest folk heroes and freedom fighters in graphic novel format. The format works well here and the story flows nicely for the entirety of ... 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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