Authors: Chester Brown
Categories: Journalism / Non-Fiction
Lending Period: 7 days
Louis Riel: a Comic-Strip Biography 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. Chester Browns carefully researched, exquisitely illustrated, and much-lauded biography goes deep into the myths and the facts about this man whose place in Canadian history is troubled: Riel has been alternately vilified as a murderer and mourned as a martyr. His involvement in the Red River Rebellion and the subsequent North-West Rebellion are brilliantly and dispassionately laid out in a finely etched style, as are the Canadian governments responses to the Metis peoples demands. Browns even-handed approach makes these disastrous events all the more moving.