Friday, February 4, 2011

The God That Speaks

Louis David Riel (22 October 1844 – 16 November 1885)
Chester Brown reinvents the comic book medium to create the critically acclaimed historical biography Louis Riel, winning the Harvey Awards for best writing and best graphic novel for his compelling, meticulous, and dispassionate retelling of the charismatic, and perhaps insane, nineteenth-century Metis leader. Brown cooly documents with dramatic subtlety the violent rebellion on the Canadian prairie led by Riel, who some regard a martyr who died in the name freedom, while others consider him a treacherous murderer.~Drawn & Quarterly
-I just finished this (241 page) work. Quite good. I actually stayed in a hotel named for Riel this past summer in Winnipeg, which is why I noticed and grabbed this book from my local library the other day--Strange and interesting place & guy. According to the graphic novel, Riel named the Canadian Province of Manitoba. In the work Riel states, "I suggest 'Manitoba'. It's a Cree word that means 'the God that speaks'." Riel is later referred to as "The Prophet" in the novel late in the struggle of protecting the rights of his people.

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