The author clearly has a love for Andre and it shows on every page. Nonetheless, he doesn’t hide Andre’s flaws. As Brown points out in the introduction, Andre may have been larger than life but he was very human with human virtues as well as failings.
Andre had acromegaly which meant that his pituitary gland worked in overdrive and he continued to grow, always. Unfortunately his heart, back, and joints weren’t able to keep up with his growth and he lived most of his life in pain. Yet, he continued to work. He loved the business of professional wrestling and played his role in it to perfection.
Having listened to the excellent As You Wish by Cary Elwes about the making of The Princess Bride, I already knew some of the stories from its filming. ON the other hand, I knew absolutely nothing about wrestling. So that whole world was completely new to me. Never fear! Box Brown kept readers like me in mind and provided footnotes and a glossary to help out.
This book is for fans of wrestling and fans who knew Andre the Giant from film. The art is great, particularly during breakdowns of matches. It’s a wonderful biography full of love.
Review by Jessica A.