Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont

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 Métis 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 Métis chief, a man tested by warfare, a Louis Riel is regarded by some as a hero and visionary, by others as a madman and misguided religious zealot. The Méti...

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Title:Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont
Author:Joseph Boyden
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Genres:History
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Number of Pages:224 pages pages

Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont Reviews

  • Velvetink
    Dec 26, 2012

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

    ebook ...

  • Noel
    Mar 23, 2014

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

  • Vionna
    Jan 02, 2011

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

  • Sarah
    Jul 26, 2012

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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, ...

  • Philip
    Feb 13, 2012

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

    ebook ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    An eye opener for the Métis. ...

    need to finish this book ...

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

  • Lucinda
    Jan 15, 2011

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

  • Ashley
    Aug 03, 2017

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

    ebook ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    An eye opener for the Métis. ...

    need to finish this book ...

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

    Boyden never disappoints. ...

    A vivid dual biography of Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel that centres around the North-West Rebellion of 1885 from the perspective of Dumont then the trial of Louis Riel. I have visited Duck Lake and Batoche in Saskatchewan and could picture the setting. While Boyden focuses closely on ...

    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 e...

  • Marc Lapensée
    Nov 08, 2010

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

    ebook ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    An eye opener for the Métis. ...

  • Daniel Kukwa
    Jun 04, 2014

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

  • Julia
    Dec 10, 2011

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

    ebook ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    An eye opener for the Métis. ...

    need to finish this book ...

  • David Lester
    Dec 16, 2013

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

  • Jeffrey  Sylvester
    Nov 07, 2010

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

    ebook ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • Jennifer
    Jul 11, 2014

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

  • Ellen
    Feb 06, 2014

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

  • Thomas Sandberg
    Jul 29, 2011

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

  • Joel Sparks
    Feb 18, 2015

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

    ebook ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    An eye opener for the Métis. ...

    need to finish this book ...

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

    Boyden never disappoints. ...

  • Marc-Antoine
    Feb 26, 2016

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

  • Carla
    Mar 06, 2013

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

  • Monika
    Mar 12, 2015

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

  • Clivemichael
    Sep 18, 2013

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

    ebook ...

    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. ...

  • Gord Jones
    Dec 01, 2013

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

  • Stephanie
    Mar 31, 2013

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

  • Colleen Hetherington
    Jun 28, 2015

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

  • Carrie Ann
    May 06, 2014

    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 releve...

  • Dave Layzell
    Feb 16, 2014

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

  • Jocelyn Beatty
    Sep 25, 2014

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

  • Carolyn Harris
    Jul 28, 2018

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

    ebook ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    An eye opener for the Métis. ...

    need to finish this book ...

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

    Boyden never disappoints. ...

    A vivid dual biography of Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel that centres around the North-West Rebellion of 1885 from the perspective of Dumont then the trial of Louis Riel. I have visited Duck Lake and Batoche in Saskatchewan and could picture the setting. While Boyden focuses closely on ...

  • Rick Scott
    Oct 29, 2017

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

    ebook ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    An eye opener for the Métis. ...

    need to finish this book ...

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

    Boyden never disappoints. ...

    A vivid dual biography of Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel that centres around the North-West Rebellion of 1885 from the perspective of Dumont then the trial of Louis Riel. I have visited Duck Lake and Batoche in Saskatchewan and could picture the setting. While Boyden focuses closely on ...

    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 e...

    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 more, with explanations why Riel was hospitalized, the fight with the Orangemen, and the meanness of MacDonald to ...

  • Riley Haas
    Jan 05, 2017

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...

    This book left me feeling extremely ambivalent. It's not really a potted biography of Riel and Dumont; it's more 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 eyes...well...it leaves me scratching my h...

    It was just OK given the fact I was expecting more 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 Métis issues and portrayed the Prime Minister Sir John A. McDonald and the Canadian government...

    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 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 westw...

    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 figh...

    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. ...

    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 more descriptive, with more imaginative storytelling that I know Joseph Boyden can provide, but I was a bit disappointed. ...

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

    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. ...

    ebook ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    An eye opener for the Métis. ...

    need to finish this book ...

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

    Boyden never disappoints. ...

    A vivid dual biography of Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel that centres around the North-West Rebellion of 1885 from the perspective of Dumont then the trial of Louis Riel. I have visited Duck Lake and Batoche in Saskatchewan and could picture the setting. While Boyden focuses closely on ...

    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 e...

    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 more, with explanations why Riel was hospitalized, the fight with the Orangemen, and the meanness of MacDonald to ...

    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 amb...

  • Mammagoose11
    Mar 18, 2014

    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 releve...

    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 more immediacy for me person...

    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...

    Joseph Boyden has never disappointed me, another fantastic read. ...

    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 abo...

    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...

    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...

    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 a...

    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...

    Hmmmm... wanted to learn more 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...