Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

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Where it's normal to live carrying guns and needing escorts just to go to the local village, in case you drive over landmines or get assaulted. In Rhodesia we are born and then the umbilical cord of each child is sewn straight from the mother into the ground, where it takes root and grows. a vibrantly personal account of growing up in a family every bit as exotic as the continent which seduced it .

Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight is suffused with Fuller's endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. How can I love them, they are so very far from any way I could live my own life, but nevertheless I love them to pieces. They have free reign among scorpions, snakes, leopards, and baboons and they live in the middle of the Rhodesian war.Fuller's look back at her early life in an English family at the violent tail end of colonialism is sad and hilarious. First off, I would say that this is not my usual reading material, which tends to be either cookery books or nasty, grisly Mark Billingham-esque murder mysteries. The author tries to weave the story of her life in North Rhodesia,now Zimbabwe through a mixture of humour and emotions.

At times funny, at times tragic, at times eccentric, at times heroic, Fuller gives us a wonderful story told through the eyes of a gradually maturing child. I won’t try to describe them – I couldn’t do them justice, and besides, you should go read the book. Late in the book, when Fuller's family discovers their home has been ransacked, their greatest loss is the mother's rings.

Then there is a life-changing tragedy, for which Bobo feels responsible: "My life is sliced in half". A classic memoir that conjures up all the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of an Africa on the cusp of a colonial to postcolonial transition. She is also very aware of her family's thick lips, contrasting with their pale skin and blonde hair.

She relates all this, however uncomfortable, without judgment or criticism, and I like the fact that the reader is left to draw their own conclusions. Having said that, the whole point of a book club is to challenge oneself to read books outside one's `comfort zone' shall we say. In accordance with The Post Office, the last recommended date for Christmas posting is 18th December (2nd Class) and 20th December (First class). Fuller walks as she describes the fall of apartheid from the minority white perspective (without nearly enough contrition, but that's apparently a matter for a different book). When they drive into town they go past Africans “whose hatred reflects like sun in a mirror into our faces, impossible to ignore”.Alexandra Fuller took me on an amazing journey through her younger years growing up in Africa as a poor white girl.

The book was hard to enjoy at times since my mind was often on the children, and I kept questioning the parent's reason for bringing them to Africa during such a turbulent time.I found it fascinating to not only read of the hellish conditions, but also how this young girl named Bobo, deals with so many challenges. Nothing about it makes sense, except in a magical way, and her eyes are opened by that incomprehension to see the world with the stalled, wise gaze of an eight-year-old girl. The adult Fuller includes enough details (her habitual childhood imperiousness to darker-skinned adults, those adults' dismay, then anger at her impossible harping) for us to understand exactly what is at stake, and also to let us understand the ironies.



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