October 21, 2006
When it comes to graphic novels, I am particularly attracted to biography, both personal and historical. Louis Riel follows a Canadian freedom fighter as he toils for fair representation for his people. Interestingly, author Chester Brown captures the ambiguities of Riel's character as the hero veers towards madness. I was drawn to this paperback by the accolades (two Eisner and two Harvey awards) the original hardback version received, but this graphic memoir exceeded even my grand expectations.
My next book is No Holiday, by Martin Cohen.