By Jean d'Ormesson
Pour se défendre dans un procès qu’il s’intente à lui-même, l’auteur fait défiler au galop un passé évanoui. Il va de l’âge d’or d’un classicisme qui règne sur l’Europe à l’effondrement de ce "monde d’hier" si cher à Stefan Zweig. De Colbert, Fouquet, Bossuet ou Racine à François Mitterrand, Raymond Aron, Paul Morand et Aragon. Mais les charmes d’une vie et les tourbillons de l’histoire ne suffisent pas à l’accusé : "Vous n’imaginiez tout de même pas que j’allais me contenter de vous débiter des souvenirs d’enfance et de jeunesse ? Je ne me mets pas très haut, mais je ne suis pas tombé assez bas pour vous livrer ce qu’on appelle des Mémoires." Les aventures d’un écrivain qui a aimé le bonheur et le plaisir en dépit de tant de malheurs cèdent peu à peu los angeles position à un regard plus grave sur le drame qui ne cesse jamais de se jouer entre le temps et l’éternité, et qui nous emportera.
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And, as long as I’m on an honesty streak, I might as well tell you: I very rarely, if ever, did all the sit-ups, Hindu squats or other exercises I claimed when talking to the press. )" As for the readers who thought he was unkind in his assessments of several people … well, Lou just shrugged them off. Some readers who were wrestling fans simply didn’t like his depiction of their heroes, many of them deceased by then, and he understood that. " That he was, nevertheless, proud of the final product is a certainty.
The book was groundbreaking, in that it was the first by a prominent pro wrestler to break "kayfabe," the code of silence practiced for decades by those in the industry when discussing their profession with outsiders. Certainly, other wrestlers had written their autobiographies by then, but almost all of them presented pro wrestling as a legitimate sport. Lou was determined to present an honest, warts-and-all, depiction of his career, the first major star to do so, and he was especially pleased when he became aware of praise from an unexpected direction: from some university academics who discovered the book and pronounced it a valuable and revealing document about an interesting segment of American pop culture.
It was admittedly an inefficient system, so Lou and Charlie soon took over the reproduction, binding, and mailing operation entirely at their end. (The only "big" money we ever made with the book came when Koji Miyamoto, who was very close to Lou and Charlie, and served very ably over the years as Lou’s representative in Japan, sold it to a Japanese publishing house. The manuscript was translated into kanji, and the result was exactly the sort of product we’d originally hoped to see in the United States: a hard-back with lots of photos.