Monday, May 22, 2017

Wake Up and Live: The Life of Bob Marley

Wake Up and Live: The Life of Bob Marley
author: Jim McCarthy
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.50
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2017/05/22
date added: 2017/05/22
shelves: graphic-novels
'Wake Up and Live: The Life of Bob Marley' by Jim McCarthy with art by Benito Gallego is an attempt to put the life of the reggae superstar into a graphic novel format. It sort of works. My review copy was only the first 51 pages, but I think I got a good taste of this.

The book starts with a nice introduction essay by John Masouri, the author of a book about Peter Tosh, then we get into Bob Marley's story. It starts early with a short history of slavery in Jamaica, then moves to his early life in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish in Jamaica, where he lived with his mother. They moved to Kingston, and that's where he got into music. The book traces the trouble he got in to and the friends he made along the way. My copy ends with Bob and his wife Rita and a weird dream she has about a cat.

The art and color are fantastic. The story is less so. The story is told in Bob's particular patois. There are plenty of footnotes to learn the slang and lingo that is being spoken. I got used to this, but it took a few pages to get into the rhythm of the speaking. The story could have used a few more explanatory speech bubbles. The story jumps forward in time. It would have been nice to know when event were happening. I liked it, but I felt like the story jumps around a bit much.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Omnibus Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

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