Louis Riel

A Comic-strip Biography
Brown, Chester, 1960- (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Louis Riel

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A limited-edition reprint of Brown's celebrated biography of the Canadian rebel Louis Riel tells the story of the charismatic, and perhaps mad, nineteenth-century Metis leader whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on the nations western frontier. This special tenth anniversary edition features rare supplementary material, including early cover art from the original serialization, pencil studies and draft scripts, poster and catalogue art, and a new essay by critic Sean Rogers.
Authors: Brown, Chester, 1960-
Statement of Responsibility: Chester Brown
Title: Louis Riel
a comic-strip biography
Edition: Tenth anniversary edition
Characteristics: 332 pages :,chiefly illustrated, some color ;,23 cm
Content Type: text
still image
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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Report This Dec 05, 2013
  • elliottt rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In the canon of historical graphic novels, this is a particular treat. Brown is a master of dialogue who moves the story forward without devoting pages to monologues and rants. The scope of Riel's life is equally impressive, and Brown is excellent at showing the reader his transformation. Very worthwhile and a quick read.

Report This Oct 15, 2013
  • madmikethb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic.

Report This Jul 31, 2011
  • tumbleweed22 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Made history much more enjoyable until I read all the notes. Recommended read to all those non-history people. I learned so much about Canada.

Report This Jan 17, 2011
  • dadoffour rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Exhaustively researched biography of a larger than life historical character. Helps to dispel the belief that Canadian history is dull. How not-dull is this graphic biography? My fourteen year old son, dedicated as he is to video games, sat down and read this book cover to cover without a break one Saturday afternoon. Chester Brown is without a doubt a genius.

Report This Aug 22, 2009
  • carknerdy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best Canadian and biographical graphic novels, period.

This is the 53rd of a series of titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts and literature in particular in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper, and has devoted a Web site to the book list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume. This critically acclaimed graphic novel book juxtaposes a seminal chapter in the history of Canada, couched in a very contemporary format. This would be a quick but still informative and enlightening read for a busy person. What's not to like, Mr. Harper?


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The story of the charismatic nineteenth century Metis leader, whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on the Canadian frontier.


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Report This May 01, 2011
  • PotatoTank rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"He shall hang though every dog in Quebec bark in his favour." (pg.233)


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