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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (2001)

by Alexandra Fuller

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    Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa by Peter Godwin (Ape)
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    The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner (Imprinted)
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    The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers (jilld17)
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    The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper (littlemousling)
    littlemousling: Fuller's experience as a middle-class white child in (then) Rhodesia and several other African countries is an interesting contrast to Cooper's experience as an upper-class black child in Liberia.
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    My Traitor's Heart by Rian Malan (BGP)
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Definitely a story worth telling--covers both the familiar "my crazy family" and "my life in ---" memoir staples with energy. Interesting to get the perspective of a white African family in post-colonial Africa, told bluntly and seemingly without much retrospective whitewashing. ( )
  AThurman | Dec 7, 2014 |
"Because we're all Rhodesians and we'll fight through thickanthin...",, November 19, 2014

This review is from: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood (Kindle Edition)
Wonderful memoir of the author's childhood in Africa, where her parents had settled as farmers. The larger part of the book concerns their time in Rhodesia - war-torn and on the brink of independence, with neighbouring Mozambique also presenting a threat: "Vanessa and I, like all the kids over the age of five in our valley, have to learn how to load an FN rifle magazine...and ultimately shoot-to-kill."
The happy side of life - the animals, the freedom - are tempered by the harshness, as death, mental illness and alcohol add to the difficulties of climate and political instability.
The author vividly conjures up her childhood, assisted by b/w photos throughout. Wonderful read. ( )
  starbox | Nov 19, 2014 |
Read during Summer 2002

The Fullers are ex-pats living in the former Rhodesian countries of Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi, though they have livied in Africa for generations. Although this mostly the memoir of Alexandra Fuller's childhood, it is also the change from white to black rule in these countries. The fascinating personal story of the Fullers is wrapped up with the civil wars and cultural changes. Fascinating.
  amyem58 | Jul 14, 2014 |
Alexandra Fuller, also know as Bobo, is the youngest surviving child of a British expatriate couple who work as farmers in the African countries of Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia. The author paints a very colorful picture of these three countries as she describes the years of her African childhood. She remembers the good times and the bad. Her parents lose three children, her parents are heavy drinkers, and her mom suffers from manic depression. Growing up in a time when blacks and whites don't mix socially due to class difference seems strange now, but Bobo's story reflects a different time and place. Being tormented by her older sister Vanessa doesn't bother Bobo all that much as she is always able to find pleasure in the simple things of African life. Even later, as a married adult living in the USA, she relishes any opportunity for a return visit to her former African home.

Although a mildly painful book, the overall spirit of it is one of joy. It's terrifically descriptive of the rustic setting which Bobo called home as a youngster. Jump into this read and take the time to learn a bit more about Africa than you already know. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Jun 22, 2014 |
I did not find this book as interesting as I hoped. The disorganization of events did not sit well with me. All I know for sure is they were poor Anglo-Saxons living in Africa, [somewhat] racist and lived through many wars. ( )
  lizamichelle1 | Mar 25, 2014 |
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Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight: An Africa Childhood by Alexandra Fuller who was born in England but was raised in Rhodesia by an “absented mind” mother, an “always on the go and work to do” father and with an “I mind my own business and you all can go to hell” older sister.
The book is about her childhood in Africa. There are witty passages and sad ones and a lot about Africa
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Don't let's go to the dogs tonight, For mother will be there. - A.P. Herbert
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To Mum, Dad and Vanessa and to the memory of Adrian, Olivia and Richard: with love.
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Mum says, "Don't come creeping into our rooms at night".
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In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller’s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller’s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.

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An autobiographical account of Alexandra Fuller's childhood in Zimbabwe.

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