Louis Riel

Louis Riel

A Comic-strip Biography

Book - 2003 | First edition
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Legendary cartoonist Chester Brown's Louis Riel has been nominated for the 2003 Eisner Awards for Best Continuing Series. In this comic biography, Brown reveals that at least one dusty closet of Canadian history holds some skeletons that won't stop rattling. Canadians everywhere can tell the story of Louis Riel and the Red River Rebellion of 1869. To some Louis Riel was one of the founding fathers of a new nation. To others he was a murderer who nearly tore a country apart.Riel was a man so charismatic he was elected to government twice while in exile with a bounty on his head but so impassioned that his dramatic behaviour cast serious doubts on his sanity. The absolute rebel, Riel took on the army, the government, the Queen of England and even the Church in the name of his passionate vision of freedom for the people of the prairies. One of the hippest comics going, Louis Riel promises to be a controverial must-have in 2003. "How does a history of a real 19th-century Quebecois rebel mystic become fun to read? When he is drawn with the clownish proportions of a tiny head and a giant's body. Chester Brown makes history his own by rewriting it just slightly, while annotating every altered detail, and presenting it all in his spare, almost goofy drawing style." -Time
Publisher: Montréal : Drawn and Quarterly Publications, 2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781896597638
1896597637
9781896597768
1896597769
9781894937894
1894937899
Branch Call Number: 971.054 R55bc
Characteristics: 272 pages : all illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Louis Riel

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This Harvey Award winning Canadian classic sets a high standard for historical biography in graphic form. Brown brings the story of Riel and his rebellion on the Canadian prairie to life with careful restraint, supplementing the dramatic re-telling with additional detailed historical context.

This Harvey Award winning Canadian classic sets a high standard for historical biography in graphic form. Brown brings the story of Riel and his violent rebellion on the Canadian prairie to life with careful restraint, supplementing the dramatic re-telling with additional detailed historical cont... Read More »

A critically acclaimed historical biography in the form of a comic, Chester Brown’s award winning Louis Riel depicts the turbulent and controversial life of Canada’s (in)famous prairie revolutionary.

A critically acclaimed historical biography in the form of a comic, Chester Brown’s award winning Louis Riel depicts the turbulent and controversial life of Canada’s (in)famous prairie revolutionary.

A historical biography in the form of a comic, Chester Brown’s award winning Louis Riel depicts the turbulent and controversial life of Canada’s (in)famous prairie revolutionary.


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❓Who's Hollis Darby-Barnes? Isn't this book about Louis Riel? Focus, FizzyWhizzy, FOCUS!

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CurlyWhirly
Jul 16, 2019

Hollis Darby-Barnes is furious about a lot of things, including the death of one of her moms. It doesn't help that she's getting nasty texts from the girlfriend of the guy with whom Hollis is hooking up. The last thing she needs is an email from her half brother, Milo, asking for her assistance in tracking down the sperm donor who fathered them both. Milo has life-threatening allergies, and his doctors think his donor's medical history might give him important clues. He's also curious about what it would be like to have a father. After forming a reluctant partnership, the teens find more half siblings as well as information that leads them to their donor. Hollis and Milo are authentically young adult, both in their voices and in their mixed feelings about their perfectly imperfect families. However, most of the supporting characters would benefit from more depth. Typical teen use of text, email, and video chatting is well integrated into the story and enhances Hollis and Milo's dual narrative. The plot moves along smoothly with well-timed revelations about the mysterious donor and Hollis's anger and grief, and many teens will connect with the questions about identity and the true meaning of family. VERDICT In a world where many teens' families include diverse and complicated parent and sibling situations, Friend's tale fills a void in YA literature and does it with style.

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 16, 2019

Graphic novel exposed Louis Riel's two biggest flaws that normally Canadian cliched virtues: nice & civilized. He made a decent politician ,but a terrible general in that he wasn't ruthless and won't go for dirty tricks Lamont wanted. Nice & civilized probably not in revolutionary vocabulary.
Probably Canada's darkest days as establishment disenfranchised Metis.

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mclarjh
Sep 09, 2017

My second reading. A story that's more relevant now than when first issued.

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pentlacj
Jul 24, 2017

Brown presents a fascinating way to engage with history. The story can seem over-simplified at times, but overall this is a neat way to learn about Riel.

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Baha_2
Apr 19, 2016

I think this is a great way of learning about the life of Louis RIel and not just him but more! And honestly it's better then read a large textbook.

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vfryzek
Mar 12, 2016

Who said Canadain history is boring.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

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.

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elliottt
Dec 05, 2013

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.

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madmikethb
Oct 15, 2013

A classic.

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EPLPicks_Teen 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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PotatoTank
May 01, 2011

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

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