Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
Date read: 05 December 2016
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Challenges: 2016gnc, 2016nfc
Paperback, 240 pages
Published 2014 by First Second
Source: Deschutes Public Library [Teen Graphic Novel BROWN BOX]
I quite enjoyed it. Very quick read but informative nonetheless. The simple line drawings work well.
I never really got into pro wrestling when a kid or later. I did see some of it on TV when young and it looked so fake; I found roller derby far more exciting and even that seemed pretty hokey. And I could only watch either when the parents weren’t home.
I do remember in late 1986 as we drove into the state of Pennsylvania on our way to my new duty station of Carlisle Barracks, we heard a news report on the radio that the PA state senate had just wrapped up a $10,000 study into whether or not pro wrestling was fake, which I thought was widespread knowledge already. I laughed my ass off at my new state and wondered what that boded for the next couple of years. Turns out it was quite the mixed bag in central PA.
The line drawings really carry the story, showing both action and emotion very well.
Andre the Giant was in many ways larger-than-life but this shows him as one of us, as one more lonely being trying to make it through all of the shit the world throws at him.