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Loius Riel: A comic strip biography by Chester Brown


I read this book a little while ago. It is a graphic novel biography of Loius Riel. I thought it was well done, the graphics are great and the narrative flows along. But i think perhaps Brown focused too much on the religious fanaticism of Riel, portraying him as mad and delusional, and not as an inspired political mind and leader. Despite his religious views, i think that Riel must have had an inpressive political intellect in order to have accomplished the things that he did (leading the rebellion, anticipating numerous government moves, strategizing, becoming elected to parliament in Ottawa while an outlaw, etc.). I would have liked to have read more about the political context of the time, and perhaps less about Riel’s personal inner turmoil and revelations…