Friday, July 26, 2013

Mafia Princess by Marisa Merico

Synopsis 1 (from the book) :

Marisa Merico, the daughter of one of Italy's most notorious Mafia Godfathers, was dazzled by her father, Emilio DiGiovine.  To her e was all-powerful, sophisticated and loving; to the rest of the world he was staggeringly ruthless. Marisa knew her father would do anything for her, but she hadn't expected just how much he would ask for in return.  This is the shocking true story of a small-town British girl who became a Mafia Princess.

 Synopsis 2 (from a web that hosted a photo album and better describe her than from the book) :

Drugs, guns, money—as the former boss of a powerful Italian mafia clan, Marisa Merico saw all of it. Merico was 22 when she “stepped up” to take over the family business, the ’Ndrangheta—one of the most successful and violent crime syndicates in the world. She felt it was her moral obligation to run the clan, taking direction from her father, who had just been sentenced to prison. Being boss woman was a natural fit for Merico, who grew up playing with guns and watching her family control the Milan drug market during the ’80s.

It's a bit different and strange reading the life story of someone whom you have never heard of and still enjoy reading the story.  It's even more strange when I googled the author and her images and plenty of news articles about her popped out instantly.

Marisa is currently in her 40s and living in England. Her life story is just so foreign to me.  I can't imagine growing up among all the violence and death and at the same time experiencing extreme poverty and extreme wealth during different stages of her life.

Mafia Princess is certainly an engaging read.  From the first page when Marisa tells the story of how her mum travelled to work in Italy and fallen in love and how she was born on the kitchen table, it was fourth gear all the way until the last page.

The writing wasn't very polished but very sincere in sharing her great love for her father even when she knew that she shouldn't and the grief she felt when she had to go to jail and leave behind her baby girl, among others.

I read this within a couple of days and at different situations and life experiences that she encountered I tried to imagine how it would be like to be her.  I shouldn't have done that. It just make me felt so "meh"!  It's sureal to the extreme degree.

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