Although I was a little disappointed the book didn’t deal with Louis’ childhood it did provide a good overview of his life from the time just before the Riel Rebellion/ Resistance till Louis’ execution. The book was easy to read and I finished it in a day. I learned that Louis Riel was elected to Canada’s Parliament three times while he was a wanted criminal and in exile in the United States.
I learned quite a bit more about the role Canadian prime minister Sir John A McDonald had in the resistance movements Louis was involved in both in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Brown depicts Sir John A as mean-spirited, self -serving and willing to sacrifice anything to get his railway built across Canada.
I learned quite a bit more about the relationship between Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Dumont was more of a pragmatist than Riel and more interested in violent resistance.
I also learned what a deeply religious person Louis was and how that influenced his decisions.
Chester Brown’s graphic comic gave a good overview of Louis’ life. Since Riel plays such a prominent role in the history of the province of Manitoba and in the history of Winnipeg it is good for me to know more about him.
What next? I am currently reading Louis Riel-Firebrand by Sharon Stewart to learn more about Riel’s childhood and personality.