Che by Jon Lee Anderson

Che

The graphic adaptation of the groundbreaking and definitive biography of Che Guevara Che Guevara's legend is unmatched in the modern world. Since his assassination in 1967 at the age of thirty-nine, the Argentine revolutionary has become an internationally recognized icon, as revered as he is controversial. As a Marxist ideologue who sought to end global inequality by bringing down the American capitalist empire through armed guerrilla warfare, C...


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TitleChe
ISBN9780735221772
Author
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreBiography, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, History, Comics, Nonfiction
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  • Joseph
    2012-05-23
    Che, thug or hero? Many in the West are quick to say, thug. Che was a true believer in liberating the underclass and freeing the countries from economic domination. He was critical of the Soviet's system of privilege and critical of those in post-revolutionary Cuba. As far as being a thug he was quite tame compared to the US supported dictators Somoza, Duvalier, Trujillo, and later Pinochet and Duarte. Support for Somoza loyalists brought more vi...
  • Melki
    2018-12-26
    I'm kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I mostly knew this man from seeing his face on t-shirts.His life's work is not generally taught in American schools . . . at least not the ones I attended. So, when the publisher asked if I'd like a review copy, I figured it would be a great way to learn about the revolutionary who was killed at the age of thirty-nine. And, it was.Young Ernesto Guevara dreamed of becoming a doctor, but ultimately decided...
  • Bill Kerwin
    2018-11-12
    I enjoyed this recent graphic version of Jon Lee Anderson’s biography Che: a Revolutionary Life (1997). As I did not read the original biography, I cannot comment on its faithfulness, but since Anderson himself created it (in collaboration with Jose Hernandez, political cartoonist for Mexico City’s La Jornada) I assume it is an accurate reflection of its source. In addition, since I knew little of Guevera’s life before read this graphic, I ...
  • Stewart Tame
    2018-11-16
    Full disclosure: I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Don't be jealous. Yes, I got to read it early, but I read it in black and white. So, if you're anything like me, you're more familiar with Che as an icon than a person. I’d seen the stickers and T-shirts and so on. I knew he was linked to Castro, but wasn't himself Cuban. I knew that he was dead, but little about the circumstances. And I had a vague sense of what being a re...
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    2019-01-28
    This GN was amazing - I thought Spain Rodriguez had written the definitive GN on Che - but Jon Lee Anderson takes us into the field as Che tries to light the fire of revolutionary zeal around the world. The balance between cause and family is presented in the most unbiased way I have encountered. Art by José Hernández is amazing - highest recommendation.
  • Kevin Shepherd
    2018-11-25
    In many ways graphic novel adaptations are like film adaptations. They incorporate an existing story into a new medium with varying levels of success. The best ones are those that recognize the differences and play to their strengths, while still staying somewhat true to the source material. Artist José Hernández has done just that."I will only take to my grave the nightmare of an unfinished song"Whether you consider Che Guevara a zealot, a her...
  • Beth
    2019-02-07
    This was the first graphic novel I have read, so I it was hard for me to rate. Previously, particularly following the movie The Motorcycle Diaries, I had a much more romanticized view of Che. This portrayal brings some balance, although in many ways it is still a thumbnail sketch of his actions and relationships. I did, however, find the illustrations and the story engaging.
  • Erik Graff
    2018-11-14
    This book is not to be confused with Jon Lee Anderson's excellant biography of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, although Anderson did do the text, such as it is, and this graphic 'novel' does give a fair chronological overview of the Argentine revolutionary's life--an overview which, sadly, might confuse or frustrate a young reader not already familiar with the man and his times.What is outstanding are the illustrations by José Hernández, hundreds and hu...
  • Critterbee❇
    2019-01-16
    ATW 2019 Argentina, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Congo, Mexico and Bolivia.
  • Emma
    2018-12-29
    see my short review: https://wordsandpeace.com/2019/01/24/...
  • Andrea
    2018-07-06
    Picked up an ARC copy from the bookstore I work at. This was a fantastic graphic biography! Particularly for someone like me with little background knowledge of Guevara but interested in the political history of socialist revolutions
  • Dakota Morgan
    2019-04-17
    If you have any sort of revolutionary fervor, Che will be deeply appealing. The book quotes endlessly from Che and Castro's revolutionary missives and letters, bombarding the reader with the same radical concepts until, personally, my vision blurred and I started skipping text boxes. If you like that kind of thing, you'll dig Che. If you're looking for an effective biography that sketches out Che's actions and why he became a revolutionary, you m...
  • Joshua
    2019-03-27
    Having read Anderson's biography before this book, I suppose I went in expecting too much. As Anderson explains in his introduction this book is meant far more to appeal to younger audiences, thus making it a Young adult work rather than a transfer of the original biography. This isn't a criticism because as Che Guevara has become more and more of a public icon, it's vital that young people understand the fact that they'll at some point see on a ...
  • Vi
    2019-04-03
    beautifully done. my father's family were revolutionaries in the war, so i'm familiar with this life and death struggle.
  • Fernando
    2019-02-12
    This graphic novel definitely shined a light on the story of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's life with such stunning illustrations. As a teenager I only knew about the myth of Che, but once I reached my 20s I've seen documentaries and film adaptations of this revolutionary man with such radical yet unwavering beliefs. He was a man of flesh and blood with such love for his family and a vision of a liberated Latin America. Whether his actions were right or...
  • Maria
    2019-03-17
    Excellent artwork and design, but vague on detail, this is a graphic memoir of Ché Guevara, the Argentinian revolutionary.
  • Jamey Yadon
    2019-03-06
    A fantastic book. The illustrations are moving, and the portrayal of The himself simply jumps off the page. They capture the passion, the conviction, and the brutality with which Che lived his life.
  • Comics Alternative
    2018-12-15
    http://comicsalternative.com/episode-...
  • Sam Veltre
    2018-12-04
    *note I received an advanced copy for review purposes*great educational read about Che. I had not been exposed to much real information about the man and his struggles / rise to power aside from anecdotal pieces or fictionalized accounts, so to read and see it brought me fresh perspective. Dense with details at times but these lend a true authentic feel to the work, fleshing out the man. the art is gorgeous! Written in such a way, especially in g...
  • Corvus
    2018-11-05
    I won this via goodreads giveaways and it is labeled as an "advance uncorrected proof."Let me begin by stating that the art in this book is fantastic and 5-stars across the board. José Hernández produced some of the best art I've seen in comics/graphic novels. This is what carried the book for the most part. Hernandez's name should be the first author.I also want to start by saying my beliefs are anti-authoritarian and extremely left wing. So, ...
  • Brent
    2019-04-17
    This is an amazing biography in comics, comparable to John Lewis' memoir March. In this adaptation of his earlier biography, journalist Anderson provides dramatic focus and artist Hernandez delineates. The visual-verbal blend of comics is disjointed, sprawling, relaxed here, with some dependence upon excerpts of Che's correspondence as an overlay to the visuals. A modern digital technique Hernandez uses changes the focus and depth of field in dra...
  • Brendan Booth
    2019-01-20
    3 stars for the graphic biography by anderson and hernandez; 5 stars for the biography by anderson. the artwork in the graphic biography was great. would recommend the graphic biography to those who have already read anderson's earlier work on che or who have some knowledge about his life beyond just recognizing his image on a t-shirt. there is so much information to cover in che's life that it's nearly impossible to capture everything in a graph...
  • Hugh Meyer
    2018-11-27
    First off: Beautifully illustrated.I think I understand the mystique and appeal of Che to some folks, though I found more tragedy in that his zealotry came at the expense of his personal relationships, particularly those with his children who he never seemed to stop and slow down for (at least in this edit of his biography).I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Guevara's life story and is a fan of illustration, but not as a "must read".
  • Eric
    2018-12-14
    Beautiful drawings, but an extremely dry and ultra boring text. I did like a lot of the honesty in Che's portrayal (pretty violent guy), but this seemed way to methodical for someone who squeezed so many lifetimes in his 39 years. This made me want to return to the majestic Motorcycle Diaries or even The Bolivian Diaries. Well-intentioned effort, but I wouldn't start here if I wanted to learn the basics about Guevara.
  • Matt
    2019-04-20
    Illustrations were fantastic. The story was sub-par, though, having read Jon Lee Anderson's "Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life" biography. I understand that a lot needed to be cut out of the storyline for this graphic adaption, but I think they cut TOO much out. It was too choppy (no pun intended) to be enjoyable or fully understood.
  • Ashe
    2018-11-18
    *3.5 I won this in a goodreads giveaway. I was really excited to read this to know more about Che. My opinion of his character has always been low and I have maintained that opinion. It is especially interesting seeing him go from a doctor to a revolutionary and how it changes him. Despite it being black and white, I thoroughly enjoyed the art. It really conveys the writing perfectly.
  • Kari
    2019-01-23
    I loved José Hernandez’ art work, but I didn’t feel like I really got to know Che. I understand that Anderson’s book is considered the definitive masterwork, but I feel like the translation to a graphic biography left me feeling like I was missing a lot. Maybe someday I will read Anderson’s book but at the moment I am not inspired or motivated to do so based on spending time with this work.
  • Megan
    2019-01-01
    The book is beautifully illustrated but it’s not a great introduction to Che Guevara. If you already know the players and the events surrounding Guevara’s life then this is a great book for you. If not, find something else as an introduction first.
  • Rachel
    2019-04-14
    Absolutely stunning, beautiful artwork. I felt like I got less of a sense of how Che became Che than I would have liked, but otherwise a great overview beautifully rendered.
  • Erin
    2019-04-23
    This book is beautiful but I wanted to understand the story more. Probably should just read the full biography.