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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Alexandra Fuller

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Title:Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Authors:Alexandra Fuller
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2003), Paperback, 336 pagina's
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller (2001)

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    The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner (Imprinted)
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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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    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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    Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga (charl08)
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    The Last Resort: A Memoir of Mischief and Mayhem on a Family Farm in Africa by Douglas Rogers (jilld17, vwinsloe)
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This title provided an interesting complement to Noah's Born A Crime, as well as providing a bit of context around the recent "resignation" of Mugabe in Zimbabwe. ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
This title provided an interesting complement to Noah's Born A Crime, as well as providing a bit of context around the recent "resignation" of Mugabe in Zimbabwe. ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
I feel like I should say something more analytical, but: loved, loved, loved this book, couldn't put it down, thought it was just fabulous. I resisted it for years for some reason, but I'm so glad I finally read it. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
This is a memoir of the author's childhood in Zimbabwe during and after the Rhodesian Civil War in which Zimbabwe gains independence from the British. Driving to town in a mine-proofed Land Rover with Uzi's across their laps, the family is caught between fighting for the British while at the same time living among the locals. The dichotomy between Bobo's life among the native women who raised her and her father's stints in the local British militia is one of the tensions running through the book.

Life in the dusty fringes of south-central Africa is difficult. Moving often, the Fuller's are always making due with the barest necessities and no firm position within society. Bobo's mother is a tough alcoholic with little time or inclination for pampering her daughters. Her father is a farmer who is always looking ahead to the next big opportunity. The author obviously loves Africa, but a rough and chaotic Africa, not a sugar-coated one.

I enjoyed the honest portrayal of life from a child's perspective without the form of a typical coming-of-age story. Recommended. ( )
  labfs39 | Feb 20, 2018 |
Fuller's memoir is vivid and captures the spirit and culture of living in Africa. ( )
  CherieKephart | Aug 3, 2017 |
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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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