le 25 avril 2013
I had doubts before reading this book. I was afraid that Rita Marley may simply have written a book to glorify the memory of Bob Marley, using vaguely new age pseudo philosophy to excuse or even omit his well-known foibles (he had 8 illegitimate children after having married Rita) I couldn't have been more mistaken. The book is painfully honest. Marley talks about the two very young and naive adults they were when they fell in love, and the vicissitudes of their marriage over the years. She remains modest but is absolutely transparent as she writes about her love for her husband and her even greater love for her children (and, amazingly, adumbratively, for all of his children). We come to understand why she stayed with him despite the pain and anguish that his numerous infidelities made her suffer. This was a couple who loved each other to the end and Bob Marley was unreasonably jealous of the platonic but none-the-less intimate relationships that Rita developed with other men during the weeks and months that Bob disappeared leaving her alone with, at first, their children and then later on, with some of the children he'd have with other women. She is not "above it all" and is brutally honest about her own jealousy. I usually have a hard time when believers talk about their religious experiences but Marley explains involvement in Rastafarianism with intelligence and psychological insight. The writing style is simple and unpretentious, almost as if she is a trusting friend talking to us over a cup of tea. I completely enjoyed the book as well as what I learned about Bob Marley the man, the husband, the father (a very good one).) When I finished the book I was sorry that the experience had ended. I wanted more. I wanted to continue getting to know the courageous, loving and admirable Rita Marley.