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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood (2001)

by Alexandra Fuller

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Series: Alexandra Fuller Memoirs (1)

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    The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner (Imprinted)
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    Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa by Peter Godwin (Ape)
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    My Traitor's Heart by Rian Malan (BGP)
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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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    Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga (charl08)
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    The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers (jilld17, vwinsloe)

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Alexandra Fuller's story of her life as a child growing up in Rhodesia and various other East African countries in the late sixties, seventies and eighties is a gritty, uncompromising account of a family determined to continue in the colonial tradition of white farmers, despite the huge political and social changes occurring around them. It has been criticised by some for not being apologist for the often racist attitudes of Bobo's parents and those of other whites who drift in and out of the account. But that is missing the point. This story is told entirely in the voice of whatever age Bobo is at the time - mainly a child - and as a child, she has no other life experience to compare with her own. For me, the strength of the story is in its rawness, the naive acceptance of a crazy, bewildering world where everyday dangers from disease, wild animals, terrorists and hostile officials, all interwoven with an alcoholic mother and an often distant father, are accepted as the norm. Anyone who has visited any of the countries in the region will identify with so much that is written here, even today. I loved the use of language, the strung-together adjectives and the powerful descriptions of the essence of Africa - the sheer enormity of the land, the harsh, unforgiving climate, the beauty that overwhelms the senses every single day. This was Africa, warts and all, observed through the eyes of a child and I found it compelling, often disturbing, and at the same time frequently very funny. Thoroughly recommended. ( )
  DavidGeorgeClarke | Mar 7, 2016 |
2.5 stars - Okay memoir of growing up in Rhodesia during the time of the war for independence. (Author was born in 1969.) Parents are drunken idiots. Moments of great description. But somewhat pointless, as no one seems to learn from life's lessons. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 29, 2016 |
An autobiography that recalls the events of Bobo's childhood in Africa. It's an unconventional, unruly life for Bobo and her sister whose freewheeling British parents drink, tote guns for protection, and curse both their adopted country and the house help. The girls grow up dodging the dangers of war and curfew and bad roads, surrounded by natural beauty and poverty. It may not be the ideal life for a child but Africa will always be home for Bobo.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
A fascinating story of a childhood in Africa--Rhodesia during its civil war, Malawi and Zambia. The daughter of farmers, Fuller remembers the good and the bad, the bugs and the beauty, the worms and the drinking. I feel that the author and her sister grew up in spite of their parents. A great read, but does not entice me to visit Africa. ( )
  punxsygal | Jan 16, 2016 |
A compellingly honest memoir, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in the genre. Alexandra Fuller manages to bring that innocence that characterizes childhood brilliantly, and you can easily connect as a reader to the emotions felt by her and others in the memoir.
Although Fuller's story can be very sad, there are tender moments that brighten up the difficult situation that she had to endure. ( )
  DoctorFate | Aug 16, 2015 |
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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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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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