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Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography

There are some brilliant sections like the siege or when Louis and his men are held captive. In Stacey, Robert David. Books of the Year: A very good, fast, Sunday morning coffee read. Brackets around speech indicate French and double brackets indicate Cree, a clever way to remind the reader that English was very much a foreign language in the west at this time.

History in the Gutters: Maps are included to show the shifting borders.

Although Louis Riel is a well recognized name in Canada, as school aged students we barely scratched the surface for the time period of Canadian westward expansion and the Manitoba Act. Open Preview See a Problem? The copious endnotes are particularly fascinating about this, from Riel’s secret commitment in Canadian asylums to his reported belief that he was actually a French infant who was switched in for the real Louis Riel.

Together, they led an armed rebellion against Canadian troops sent by Sir John A. Chester Brown’s Louis Riel: This includes his presentation of Riel’s mystical experiences, which Brown presents plainly and without interpretation of its reality or lack thereof.


Different, but very good. Brown does a great job including notes in the back and clarifying exactly what he’s simplified for narrative purposes.

Preview — Louis Riel by Chester Brown. Meneses, Juan Rile This version of the Louis Riel story is sort of the beginner’s guide to Riel. I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters, like they were all two-dimensional comic strips, as opposed to real people with twisted, or confused motives.

Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown

Jan 19, Halden rated it it was amazing Shelves: He then shoots an innocent bystander. They are unable to get an amnesty for the execution of Scott, however. In this book, rie are exposed to a version of the settlement of western Canada and the treatment of Canada’s First Nations and Metis people that you won’t read in history books written by acacemics of middle class European descent.

Macdonald takes this as a cue to send two thousand troops to the area.

CM Magazine: Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography.

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.

He often chooses the most likely option or the scenario that makes the most sense when all accounts are considered. Jan 16, Emmkay rated it liked it Shelves: On the other, it’s a completely different beast biigraphy of the emotion from his autobios and strictly fictional works.


Although clearly sympathetic with Riel, he retains the clear eye of the thorough researcher, providing a detailed bibliography.

Canada Council staff August Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels. Gonick’s books are treasures, and I would never wish them away, but the field of non-fiction cartooning might be a little more healthy if its pioneer hadn’t set the bar quite so high.

They were defeated, and Riel gave himself up. Biography is always a tricky thing to pull off well.

Louis Riel: A Comic-strip Biography

Very interesting overview of this little bit of history; I’ll probably be picking up one of this recommended history books in irel future thanks to this clever Comic-Strip Biography.

An excellent example of comics’ ability to marry fact and fiction.

Either way, if you do read this comic book without any prior knowledge of Riel, you’d better also read the notes at rriel end. His Louis Riel and Paying for It were the first two books made available, [71] though Brown is a print-lover who professes little interest in e-books, or computers biogra;hy general. Really nice to re-learn this chapter of Canadian History, but as a novel, it didn’t work for me. Following the latter, he was hanged for high treason.