now in softcover!
Louis Riel

by Chester Brown
Drawn & Quarterly
copacetic price - $15.25

This book is a downright hefty tome that's nicely put together.  It features a textured hard cover with 276 interior pages on a heavy cream colored stock.  Done in a style deliberately reminscent of Harold Grey's Little Orphan Annie, Louis Riel is sub-titled, "A Comic-Strip Biography."

"Who is Louis Riel?," you may well ask.  Well, that's exactly what this book sets out to answer; and then some.  Not to leave you entirely in the dark, however, we will tell you that Louis Riel was a Metis (descended from both French immigrant and native American Indian stock) Canadian whose adventures took place primarily during the second half of the 19th century, and that he was an important, if little understood, figure in Canadian history.  Brown's life of Riel weaves an intricate mosaic of political intrigue, big money scheming and the rugged and sometimes brutal struggles between the native settlers and the power brokers that are out to add tehm to their conquests.  This fascinating fable of frontier life presents one man's metaphysical struggle for meaning, and in the process creates an allegory for the ages that has more in common with current events than you might think. 

This book collects the entirety of the ten-issue series of the same name that ran from 1999 through 2003.  And, this high quality softcover edition actually sells for significantly less than the the original retail price (to say nothing of the current collector prices) of the comic books it collects!
 
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