Louis Riel

A Comic-strip Biography

Brown, Chester, 1960-

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Louis Riel
"This award-winning Canadian bestseller tells the story of the charismatic, and perhaps mad, nineteenth century Métis leader, whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on the nation's western frontier"--back cover.

Publisher: Montreal : Drawn and Quarterly ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2008
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781894937894
Branch Call Number: B Riel B
Characteristics: 272 p. : chiefly ill., maps, port. ; 23 cm.


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Jan 05, 2015
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Chester Brown’s characters are reminiscent of Herge or Little Orphan Annie in this graphic version of Canadian folk hero Louis Riel’s courageous struggle with the government of Upper Canada. Perfect to share with a high school student.

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.

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

A classic.

Jun 30, 2012
  • azbier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite simply: WOW. Mr. Brown, Thank You. This is ART! Every panel should be blown up and all displayed in the National Gallery of Canada. Nuff said.
Okay, one more thing: Why is this always found in the Children's section of the Central Library? Is it because of the "Oh, it has cartoons, it must be for children" mentality of library staff? DISRESPECTFUL.

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.

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.

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

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

May 11, 2009

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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Mar 24, 2010

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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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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