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Hey, guys--Just want to tell you all that I got Zeola's book two weeks ago, & have read it FIVE times! Sorry for not posting this earlier; I've had to work and take care of a few personal matters. I really, REALLY enjoyed reading it--every chapter had me on edge, like in the Harry Potter series! Zeola is one hell of a storyteller, and she tells the brutal truth--straight & no chaser! I do want to share a few things and offer commentary over what I've read, & this will take multiple posts, so bear with me!--First of all, I read the letter that Marvin wrote to Jan's mom, Barbara. This was NOT a letter from a delirious, drug-crazed Marvin! This was a letter from a sad, bitter, angry Marvin who was denied the right to see his other child! I'm sure that Nona was unhappy that she couldn't see her dad, as well. Children need their fathers, too, & I know a few people who never knew their fathers at all--because they were brainwashed into thinking their fathers didn't care about them.
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(Continued) --After learning more about Marvin's death, plus Marvin & his siblings' upbringing, I do have a tiny bit of sympathy for Marvin's dad. For many years, I compared Marvin, Sr. to the notorious assassins of famous people. I often told young kids (who wanted to know about our hero's death) that Marvin, Sr. didn't love his son, was jealous of his fame and fortune, and when our hero stood up to him, the hatred reached a boiling point, & caused him to fire the two shots. Now I understand that the elder Marvin was really sick at the time--the pituitary tumor that he had affected his reasoning, judgment, & emotions. Also, he was experiencing the onset of dementia. In looking back at the news footage of Marvin, Sr. apologizing in court, he seemed honestly remorseful over the whole incident. However, regardless of the situation, it is an abomination of parenting for a parent to kill his or her own child. In the end, our hero's prophecy that his dad would "die a lonely old man"
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(Continued) was an appropriate punishment for Marvin, Sr.--I enjoyed reading about Zeola's own childhood. She looked adorable as a kid! I especially loved where she & her siblings played with a makeshift Monopoly game (created by Jeanne & Marvin) until Marvin , Sr. surprised them with the real thing--& they had a real family game night! Also, most biographies about Marvin, some of his fellow Motowners, & other celebrities have grossly exaggerated details of their childhoods, to make it look like they were dirt poor, living in slums, etc. Zeola did a great job in debunking these exaggerations, & showed that even a poor family can still have picnics, visit the amusement park, go to the movies, etc., just as much as a wealthy or a mid-class one can!--And finally (I may ruffle some feathers, but I don't care), I really feel that Marvin shouldn't have rushed into a relationship with Jan. Since Zeola said that Jan was a non-believer, that is one of the most important things to consider...
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(Continued)...when you are seeking a mate. It is rude to try to force a person into believing--even Jesus spoke against it! You can lead the horse to water, but you can't make him drink it. I've stated in a previous post that atheists/agnostics can have successful relationships with religious people. However, the keys to that success consist of compromise, understanding, and respect of each others' differences. Marvin & Jan totally lacked those keys, & that's why their relationship unraveled. I am so glad that Zeola has written this book. If anyone still has misgivings about it, you are REALLY missing out! Of course, it's a pretty dicey matter when it comes to telling our hero's life story. But no one knew Marvin like his kid sister did, and I'll say it again--Marvin is no longer here to tell his side of the stories! A "messenger" was needed, & Zeola was an awesome messenger!
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 24th, 2012, 11:02pm »

Oops! One last thing I forgot to mention--my copy of the book was autographed by Zeola herself! For those of you who also bought copies, I just want to know if Zeola autographed them as well. A tingle of excitement went through me when I opened the book to the title page, & found Zeola's signature--that her warm hand, holding a black-inked fountain pen, signed her name as a token of gratitude for my support in learning the story of her life with her big brother--and our hero!
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 03:13am »

Thanks for the 411 Andrea. cool
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« Reply #6 on: May 30th, 2012, 2:05pm »

hey andreaarkmgfan u make da book even more exciting to me i cant wait to get this book too but u are rite about marvin &jan they should wait to get marry good reveiw i enjoy reading it
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 13th, 2013, 03:59am »

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After viewing some of the comments about Zeola's book, I went and bought myself a copy. Regretful that I did now. Other than a few tidbits of sensationalism, I thought the book was written in a disjointed style and lack real substance and depth. I am not saying what was written is not truth as I don't know because I wasn't there. However, even if everything is written in the book is truth, I feel that it did cheapen Marvin Gaye and his legacy not for what was told but how.

I wish Zeola well as well as the rest of MG's family. However, there has to be a better way to tell MG's story so that a more positive understanding of his life can be given.

I wish I could get a refund on this book as it is not a keepsake for me. embarassed
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 13th, 2013, 11:44am »

Hi, Angel! Welcome aboard! I'm sorry you didn't like Zeola's book, & in fact, in the time that has passed since I started this post, I've given the book another looks-y--& I also have a small pang of regret. I was initally excited, because I wanted to know Zeola's views about Marvin. I've learned a valuable lesson: that even a family member of a celebrity's statements have to be taken with a grain of salt. I also harbor no malice or bitterness towards Zeola. Thank you for expressing your thoughts, & I'm also sorry you won't be able to get a refund--but play a game of "Angry Birds", & imagine the building your bird is destroying is the book! Or, play "Fruit Ninja"--you're slashing the book to pieces, instead of the fruit!
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