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Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr January 17, 1942 June 3, 2016 was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure both inside and outside of the ring Boxing was nothing It wasn t important at all Boxing was just meant as a way to introduce me to the world He was b Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr January 17, 1942 June 3, 2016 was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure both inside and outside of the ring Boxing was nothing It wasn t important at all Boxing was just meant as a way to introduce me to the world He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and began training as an amateur boxer when he was 12 years old At age 18, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, then turned professional later that year, before converting to Islam after 1961 At age 22, in 1964, he won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in a major upset He then changed his name from Cassius Clay, which he called his slave name , to Muhammad Ali He set an example of racial pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination during the Civil Rights Movement.In 1966, two years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali further antagonized the white establishment by refusing to be drafted into the U.S military, citing his religious beliefs, and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War He was eventually arrested, found guilty of draft evasion charges, and stripped of his boxing titles He successfully appealed the decision to the U.S Supreme Court, which overturned his conviction in 1971, by which time he had not fought for nearly four years and thereby lost a period of peak performance as an athlete Ali s actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation.At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali thrived in and indeed craved the spotlight, where he was often provocative and outlandish He was known for trash talking, and often freestyled with rhyme schemes and spoken word poetry, both for his trash talking in boxing and as political poetry for his activism, anticipating elements of rap and hip hop music As a Muslim, Ali was initially affiliated with Elijah Muhammad s Nation of Islam NOI and advocated their black separatist ideology He later disavowed the NOI, adhering to Sunni Islam, practicing Sufism, and supporting racial integration, like his former mentor Malcolm X.After retiring from boxing in 1981, at age 39, Ali focused on religion and charity In 1984, he was diagnosed with Parkinson s syndrome, which some reports attribute to boxing related injuries, though both Ali and his physician disputed the claim As his condition worsened, Ali made limited public appearances, and was cared for by his family until his death on June 3, 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona.This graphic novel is everything I could have hoped for andTold with love and care, Sybille Titeux and Amazing Am ziane captured Ali s work and accomplishments in vivid colours and appreciative tones The second person narration worked wonders for this story and made me feel so much closer to Ali, his feelings amidst great turmoil and the hard decisions he had to made during his lifetime many of which he later regretted, like turning from his friend Malcolm I m the greatest thing that ever lived I m so great I don t have a mark on my face I shook up the world You sure did, champ, rest in power 3 There are a lot of things about this I really like and a lot that I really don t like I m ambivalent about the second person address, love the gravity and weight of the approach, and can t stand how imprecise it is regarding dates and specifics The coverage of the individual fights is fantastic the coverage of the fight timelines and Ali s smaller bouts is awful I want , which is a good sign in certain respects, but obviously not ideal. The second person storytelling was so effective Boxing was nothing It wasn t important at all Boxing was just meant as a way to introduce me to the world. There were quite a few things I liked about this comics First, I liked the idea of telling Ali s life in parallel with some of the historical events that occurred during his life particularly the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War Second, the boxing matches are depicted in a round by round format, so it was easy to understand the flow of the fights that were featured Finally, I liked the art The artist was able to capture Ali s expressiveness through the art.There one thing that is o There were quite a few things I liked about this comics First, I liked the idea of telling Ali s life in parallel with some of the historical events that occurred during his life particularly the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War Second, the boxing matches are depicted in a round by round format, so it was easy to understand the flow of the fights that were featured Finally, I liked the art The artist was able to capture Ali s expressiveness through the art.There one thing that is off that may be due to this being a translated work This story is told in second person, so it s as if a disembodied voice is telling Ali his own story Perhaps that is a narrative device that works better in the original language, but in English it s awkward Also, this comic relies heavily on narration boxes, so it s drier than if the story were told in the characters own voices What a beautifully written biography about Muhammad Ali It goes from his childhood until his death, and each page is wonderfully illustrated.The only slight issue was with the font being so small There were some pages where I was squinting to read the blurb of words. A real work of art, and the writing is top notch as well Every page is a standalone painting I grew up watching Ali fight and remembered so many of the moments depicted here This is a real accomplishment. A good graphic biographyI m not into how much it used the second person but it was overall very sleekly written and illustrated *FREE E-PUB ↜ Muhammad Ali ⇨ The story of boxing icon Muhammad Ali An original graphic novel celebrating the life of the glorious athlete who metamorphosed from Cassius Clay to become a three time heavyweight boxing legend, activist, and provocateur Muhammad Ali Not only a titan in the world of sports but in the world itself, he dared to be different and to challenge and defy through his refusal to be drafted to fight in Vietnam, his rejection of his slave name, and ultimately his final fight with his body itself through a thirty year battle with Parkinson s disease Witness what made Ali different, what made him cool, what made him the Greatest The critically acclaimed French graphic novel, now available for the first time in English Focuses on key figures in the Civil Rights movement I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this biography I m not usually much of a graphic novel reader I ve been practicing, though Usually, I find the balance between text and images to be confusing, but in this book, the images really did enhance the story From the inside cover s list of characters with mini biographies to the exerpts from newspapers and TV interviews, the images really helped to tell the story and connect various pieces together In some ways, I think this is a faracc I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this biography I m not usually much of a graphic novel reader I ve been practicing, though Usually, I find the balance between text and images to be confusing, but in this book, the images really did enhance the story From the inside cover s list of characters with mini biographies to the exerpts from newspapers and TV interviews, the images really helped to tell the story and connect various pieces together In some ways, I think this is a faraccessible story of the history of civil rights than the graphic novel March is While Titeux does not shy away from introducing numerous historical figures, somehow they stay distinct and never slip into a pool of confused confusing names It helps that the book contains the biographical reference in the beginning of the book, but I never needed to use it I love how African American history provides a supporting structure for the story of Ali s life He was instrumental in so many parts of the movement for black power My main complaint is probably that at times the book was a bit sycophantic Obviously Ali was an important historical figure, but the dismissal of his treatment of his first wife as he divorced her to get together with Veronica, who soon falls for you Who wouldn t want to be wrapped up in your gentleness, your kindness, and all the rest that sets you apart Well, gee, Betty, maybe Or perhaps she d ve been OK sharing IDK.This is offset by the powerful historical recountings like that of the year 1968, which includes Vietnam, Stokely Carmichael, the assassination of MLK, Robert Kennedy s run for president and the protest of John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the Olympics These aren t isolated moments in time, however While their most historic moments happened that year, Titeux also lets us know how those situations resolved over time, compacting years into a cohesive whole with a shared moment of visibility in 1968.I was struck by how much of boxing history of which I was completely ignorant was re tooled to create plotlines for the Rocky franchise Who knew Well, probably anyone who knows anything about famous boxing matches, I guessThe author does hint at the broken relationships Ali leaves in his wake Malcolm X and Joe Frazier come to mind But predominantly the story is one that echoes the praise of many who knew him during his lifetime.Anyway, this book goes beyond merely telling about an important person s life It s an extremely effective way to tell history The narrative arc of the story itself is a page turner, and the author leaves a lasting theme of resistance by including an image of a young person with a raised fist as he wears a t shirt that reads Trayvon Martin This book is a masterpiece The art is so perfect it is almost hard to see how perfect it is Told in second person perspective, the writer brilliantly puts us, the readers in Ali s shoes which is to say that as we are told our Ali s story we are given a true perspective on the ugly racism that he experienced every day of his life And that is only one of theobvious indicators of how brilliant the writing is With subtlety and grace, Titeux leads us from apathy to sympathy and into emp This book is a masterpiece The art is so perfect it is almost hard to see how perfect it is Told in second person perspective, the writer brilliantly puts us, the readers in Ali s shoes which is to say that as we are told our Ali s story we are given a true perspective on the ugly racism that he experienced every day of his life And that is only one of theobvious indicators of how brilliant the writing is With subtlety and grace, Titeux leads us from apathy to sympathy and into empathy.Because the story we have always heard of this man, has always been a distorted one For speaking out against the racist injustices and inequalities of his country Ali was vilified and demonized Yet, His spirit triumphed and he still remains a hero and an inspiration to many, and they cannot take that away