Andre the Giant

Andre the Giant

Life and Legend

Book - 2014
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Drawing from historical records about Andre's life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars (Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, etc), Brown has created in Andre the Giant, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century's most recognizable figures.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596438514
1596438517
Branch Call Number: GN 796.812092 AN251B 2014
Characteristics: 240 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm

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ReadingRainBro
Oct 13, 2015

The art was great and because of this book I delved more it Andrea's history.I really like this one, but I doubt most kids these days would even know who Andrea the Gaint was.

DevilStateDan Jul 25, 2015

An excellent window into the life of a cult-of-personality figure. His story is as tragic as it is successful.
His story would be of interest to many people across society, not only wrestling fans.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Writer and artist Box Brown tracked down interviews with professional wrestlers to craft a graphic novel that celebrates the legend of Andre the Giant while also acknowledging the foibles of this fascinating figure.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/andre_the_giant_brown

KateHillier Feb 10, 2015

We're looking at more of a collection of anecdotes here rather than a biography proper but I still enjoyed myself. I'm not into wrestling at all and my only knowledge of Andre is his role as Fezzick in the Princess Bride so this was a great look at his life outside of the Princess Bride - especially considering the Princess Bride stories were all once I've heard before thanks to the DVD extras.

He was a man who had a great respect for 'the business' and was a man who never really fit in anywhere, literally as much as figuratively. Perhaps that's the reason that this presented the way it is. You're not going to leave having a deeper understanding of Andre's psyche or anything super profound like that that but it's a quick, funny, and poignant read with simple art that you can't help but enjoy.

LAYNE_A Feb 05, 2015

Simple, clean, and rather cute illustrations take you through brief fragments of Andre's unusual life. I really liked the behind-the-scenes wrestling stuff. It really takes me back to my childhood. I wish there was more to it, though. There was obviously a lot of research done and there's a nice author's note that discusses the fine lines between fact and fiction, myth and reality of the wrestling world. I would have read 100 more pages. The portion describing his foray into acting was way too short.

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OtteryStCatchpole
Dec 18, 2014

Despite what I see as wasted potential because of the approach to the material the story was enjoyable, at times funny, sad, and only too human. I would not personally buy this book for my collection. I would recommend reading a library copy and trying it out. It is a good story, it has competent art, and at the very least you walk away with a little more knowledge of Andre the giant.

Bryce_Crittenden Oct 27, 2014

If you're a die hard wrestling fan and especially of Andre's then you probably won't gain much insight into his life. If anything you'll probably want to look for more in-depth stories about him. Casual and non-wrestling fans will definitely love this. It's a very quick and entertaining read.

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Rubicat
Oct 11, 2014

I gained no insight into Andre's psyche - I didn't even feel as though I knew any more about him than I saw in movies. It was a pleasant read, but not anything special. I wouldn't recommend it

Mark_Daly Oct 05, 2014

Brown never quite explains why Andre was such a beloved character in the ring. Instead, he visualizes twice-told anecdotes from Andre's private life, in which the hard-drinking wrestler comes across as much less appealing. That said, the book succeeds as a glimpse into the itinerant life of a professional wrestler, and it explains some of the terms and stagecraft of this peculiar art.

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comicgeek
Aug 14, 2014

such a great look on a character from my childhood.

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