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Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont By Joseph Boyden John Ralston Saul Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont Louis Riel is regarded by some as a hero and visionary by others as a madman and misguided religious zealot The M tis leader who fought for the rights of his people against an encroaching tide of whi

  • Title: Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont
  • Author: Joseph Boyden John Ralston Saul
  • ISBN: 9780670066711
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont By Joseph Boyden John Ralston Saul Louis Riel is regarded by some as a hero and visionary, by others as a madman and misguided religious zealot The M tis leader who fought for the rights of his people against an encroaching tide of white settlers helped establish the province of Manitoba before escaping to the United States Gabriel Dumont was a successful hunter and M tis chief, a man tested by warfare, aLouis Riel is regarded by some as a hero and visionary, by others as a madman and misguided religious zealot The M tis leader who fought for the rights of his people against an encroaching tide of white settlers helped establish the province of Manitoba before escaping to the United States Gabriel Dumont was a successful hunter and M tis chief, a man tested by warfare, a pragmatist who differed from the devout Riel Giller Prize winning novelist Joseph Boyden argues that Dumont, part of a delegation that had sought out Riel in exile, may not have foreseen the impact on the M tis cause of bringing Riel home While making rational demands of Sir John A Macdonald s government, Riel seemed increasingly overtaken by a messianic mission His execution in 1885 by the Canadian government still reverberates today Boyden provides fresh, controversial insight into these two seminal Canadian figures and how they shaped the country.
    Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont By Joseph Boyden John Ralston Saul

    Louis Riel Rebellion, Death Facts Biography Louis Riel was the leader of the Mtis in western Canada who led his people in revolt against Canadian sovereignty and helped found the province of Manitoba Who Was Louis Riel Louis Riel was born Louis Riel Canadian rebel leader Britannica Louis Riel, Canadian leader of the Mtis in western Canada Riel grew up in the Red River Settlement in present day Manitoba He studied for the priesthood in Montreal though he was never ordained and worked at various jobs before returning to Red River in the late s In the settlement s Louis Riel s trial from years ago continues today with Jul , Louis Riel, whose death was called a martyrdom, in a portrait sold by La Presse following Riel s execution on Nov , The paper reported five Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont by Joseph Boyden Louis Riel is regarded by some as a hero and visionary, by others as a madman and misguided religious zealot The Mtis leader who fought for the rights of his people against an encroaching tide of white settlers helped establish the province of Manitoba before escaping to the United States. Louis Riel The Canadian Encyclopedia In Tach arranged for Riel to attend the Petit Sminaire of the Collge de Montral, under the direction of the Sulpician order.

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    1. Carrie Ann on said:

      I m a history nerd, what can I say I really enjoyed it A detailed narrative and interesting perspective on not only Riel, but Dumont, who was crucial to the events that unfolded with the Metis on the prairies in the 1880s not to mention the forming of Manitoba Interestingly relevent to read these details in light of the fact that a very recent 2013 Supreme Court decision is still making judgements to settle the wrongs that occurred in this era Interesting times, great characters to ponder.

    2. Colleen Hetherington on said:

      Difficult to celebrate Canada Day while reading this book I needed to focus on the Epilogue to help bring it into focus Of course, Boyden s writing is compelling, as are the events being related The Truth and Reconciliation discussions have taken on even immediacy for me personally I thought I knew Canadian history pretty well and pride myself on not being naive, but I learned a great deal from this book and have much to reflect upon.

    3. Thomas Sandberg on said:

      The beginning and end are as fast as the opening sequence in the film verson o Water For Elephants, but the middle which covers those two years that forever changed the lives of Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, and all of the Metis Nation is covered well for first timers A quick read and a good addition to the xtraordinary Canadians series.

    4. Marc-Antoine on said:

      Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read.

    5. Stephanie on said:

      Louis Riel is one of the most controversial heroes villains in Canadian history He fought for native and French rights while the identity of Canada was beginning to form In Extraordinary Canadians Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont, Giller Prize winning novelist Joseph Boyden writes about the roles of Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont during the Northwest Rebellion As an acclaimed novelist, Boyden intertwines his ability to craft a suspenseful and elegant narrative with the fascinating historical story o [...]

    6. Gord Jones on said:

      I don t remember how but somehow I stumbled upon a series of books put out by Penguin Publishing called Extraordinary Canadians.There are a couple of books in the series that looked quite interesting so I thought I would start off with Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont by Joseph Boyden, an author who grew up in the same area that I did, Willowdale, which is now part of Toronto.Louis Riel is regarded by some as a hero and visionary, by others as a madman and misguided religious zealot The M tis leade [...]

    7. Monika on said:

      Ok first, I m really wondering what I learned in Canadian history because this was a great story and I don t remember any of it from school This could be an action Braveheart esque type movie It would be awesome I m not sure if actual events that occurred 100 years ago can be considered spoilers but if you either don t remember or didn t study Canadian history and want to be kept in suspense in case a movie comes out, then read no further.You ve got Louis Riel, a religious zealot, Canadian fugit [...]

    8. Lucinda on said:

      OK so I have gone about this all backwards I ought to have read Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce first, and then compared this book to Boyden s style in those novels But I didn t.While I did have some general knowledge about the events surrounding the Red River Rebellion and Louis Riel s trial, there was a whole lot of which I was ignorant In general I am fascinated with 19th century Canada and its struggles they seem so foreign to the Canada that I know today The way in which John A as B [...]

    9. Noel on said:

      Because it is such a short book, I found the read to be done very well for its stature I like how the book begins, where Gabriel goes in search of Louis in the Montanas and the efforts he goes through to find this man I like how Mr Boyden writes this part In terms of Gabriel Dumont, I ve not read any of his biographies , I learned than I knew before about this M tis man In terms of Louis, it is sad that this man suffered as he did he naively thought that the government and God would turn and he [...]

    10. Mammagoose11 on said:

      Hmmmm wanted to learn about this chapter in Canadian history, and love Joseph Boyden s books Just had a feeling about 1 3 of the way through that it was so slanted to poor Metis and evil Canadians.Probably was the case I don t doubt the racism and abuse that is endemic in our political system to Native Peoples in Canada, but this just felt like Boyden wasn t really balanced Other than one sentence to the effect that John A Macdonald was being pressured to build the railway to best the US agress [...]

    11. Daniel Kukwa on said:

      This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent It s not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont it s the story of the 1885 Northwest Rebellion through Dumont s eyes At least, I think it is, because if it s through Josephy Boyden s eyeswell leaves me scratching my head in particular, the demonization of John A MacDonald, and the depiction of Louis Riel as a pitiable figure, leave a terrible after taste in my mouth I m simply not sure what the main thrust of this work was intended to convey [...]

    12. Jennifer on said:

      It was just OK given the fact I was expecting from the author who was an award winning Canadian novelist It was written from either Louis s or Gabriel s viewpoint so it sympathized the M tis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A McDonald and the Canadian government as the corrupt and evil empire Yes, the Canadian government failed miserably with the native and M tis plight, but to be fair the young government was dealing with American expansionism and building a new nation as well [...]

    13. Sarah on said:

      A powerful book, one that gathers nearly all of the strands of Canadian history and weaves them into one whole Just as the Metis themselves gather so many parts of Canada into themselves Over the past few decades, since the teachers first started talking about Canadian history, I ve layered facts and theories onto my experiences of Canada today This book somehow connects them all even if only for this one, narrow event I wish all Canadians would read this book.It is powerfully written Boyden s c [...]

    14. Dave Layzell on said:

      I found this book intriguing in the way Boyden causes us to consider Riel s larger than life personality, the question of his sanity, the depth of his moral character and how this amazing character and his friend Gabriel Dumont tried to protect their people from the unrelenting westward march of the Canadian government As Boyden says in his epilogue, the Riel story is about progress trampling rights, and it should serve as a reminder that progress should serve us not have us serve it A valuable [...]

    15. Vionna on said:

      Boyden wrote this book as part of the Extraordinary Canadian series and is a departure from his two great novels A lot of Canadian history about the Metis is packed into the book Both Riel and Dumont fought long and hard for the rights and lands of the Metis Unfortunately their fight was in vain.

    16. Jocelyn Beatty on said:

      Through both an important history lesson and a reflection on how the events of 1885 influence modern day Indigenous Canada relations, Joseph Boyden well represents a complex dark mark in Canada s history.

    17. Carla on said:

      A short review for what I thought was just a rehash of everything I ve ever read on Dumont and Riel I thought it might be longer, and descriptive, with imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed.

    18. Ellen on said:

      Interesting history of Louis Riel I knew very little about this part of Canadian history, so it s good to learn some And, as a bonus, it is written by Joseph Boyden, so the writing is superb.

    19. David Lester on said:

      Read this book while I was visiting Cuba Seemed appropriate in the land of Che Guevara A gripping, well done re counting of the tragedy of the Metis, Gabriel Dumont, Louis Riel and the brutality of the Canadian government at the time.

    20. Clivemichael on said:

      Stirring narrative of the two men who dared to think there might be justice and equality for the Metis and Indians A concise evocative telling of those ignoble days.

    21. JeffreySylvester on said:

      This book was excellent particularly from the trial onward I can see why Boyden is an acclaimed novelist The epilogue addition in comparison with the rest of the series is great as well.

    22. Philip on said:

      I m sure there is a lot info to the story, but this is a great overview of the Metis struggle.

    23. Ashley on said:

      I have mixed feelings about this book Firstly, Joseph Boyden is an incredibly problematic author given the recent issue surrounding his indigenity So there s that And perhaps that s why it felt like he never quiet captured the Metis voice Boyden is a fantastic writer, despite everything, but it just didn t feel quite right There were incredibly beautiful moments, some that truly made me teary Other times it felt like a drag to get through the content It certainly filled some gaps in my knowledge [...]

    24. Rick Scott on said:

      A good broad overview of colonialism in Western Canada in the 1800 s with the Riel rebellion as a backdrop I found that the characters could have been developed a little , with explanations why Riel was hospitalized, the fight with the Orangemen, and the meanness of MacDonald to try in a Northwest court as opposed to a Manitoba court, where capital punishment was allowed.

    25. Riley Haas on said:

      At first, I found the style fairly jarring This was not what I was expecting And I am not sure it s entirely appropriate, certainly if you are looking for a rigourous historical study But, as I read it, I found it worked well enough Well enough that it triggered my own creative ambitions, much like the other book I read in this series.Where you read it here or somewhere else, the story of the Metis in the North West is tragic This version, which emphasizes the plans of Dumont and Riel, is partic [...]

    26. Maurice Tougas on said:

      Concise, exciting retelling of a very familiar Canadian history story If only all of history was presented in such fashion.

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