Scribbling the Cat (large print)
With the same disarmingly unguarded prose that won her critical acclaim for Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller tells of her unusual friendship with "K"-a white African and veteran of the brutal, racially divided Rhodesian War. An engrossing and haunting tale of love, godliness, hate, war, and survival, Scribbling the Cat recounts the journey she makes wit...more
K is a very strange man. I never could get a handle on where he was coming from. He clearly suffered from guilt of his past, confusion of where he wanted his life to go and what he believed. K could cuss and praise God in the same...more
-Her writing. Every line reads like poetry.
-The content. There is so much to think about in Fuller's books. Only on the surface did this book concern the Rhodesian War. It is much more about making sense of our lives, about terror and promises and love. How low can a human being go? And how do we then pick ourselves up and go on? We all have our own demons, how do we get b...more
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Alexandra Fuller, leaving her American husband and two children at 'home' in suburban Wyoming,makes an extended Christmas visit to her folks at 'home' on their fish farm in Zambia. In an attempt to come to terms with her past, and not completely comfortable with her new life situation, she seeks to understand the violent events that occurred in her families lifetime,growing up in Rhodesia. She is drawn to K, an ex-soldier...more
Scribbling the Cat is Fuller’s story of ‘K’, a man she meets on a trip back to Zambia to visit her parents who still live and work there. Fuller has left her husband and two children behind in the States. She does a wonderful...more
Scribbling the Cat is Alexandra Fuller's story about her friendship with K, a white veteran of the Rhodesian War. Her father tells her to leave him alone.
"Curiosity scribbled the cat," he says.
But Fuller travels with him back to Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia). The book is a savage memoir of the brutal war K fought. Th...more
It was difficult for me not to read a few "reviews" about this book before I began. I am usually not one to need another's opinion before I read as it seems to throw paint on my blank canvas. I need a very blank canvas when b...more
I'm still processing this book. I think what bothered me about it was the fact that while I was reading it, i kept thinking, "Why on earth was this book even written? As some kind of catharsis for the author?" and basically that's probably the case. Fuller gets...more
"I don't think we have all the words in a single vocabulary to explain what we are or why we are. I don't think we have the range of emotion to fully feel what someone else is feeling. I don...more
It is a brilliantly written book which I high...more
"I don't think we have all the words in a single vocabulary to explain what we are or why we are. I don't think we have the range of emotion to fully feel what someone else is feeling. I don't think any of us can sit in judgment of another human being. We're incomplete creatures, barely scraping by. Is it possible-from the perspective of this quickly spinning Earth and our speedy journey from crib to coffin...more
- why she took this journey - what was the goal or point? Perhaps that info would have explained some of her actions.
- why she trusted going off alone with an African war-torn veteran named K that she had only known very briefly and who had a reputation for violence?
- why she never drew boundaries with...more
This one was just as enjoyable as her other book: Don't Lets Go To The Dogs Tonight. This one is set over a shorter period of her life, her adult life as well this time, following a brief but intense friendship with a farmer in Zambia near her parents' farm who fought in the Rhoedesian war. They take a trip together to Mozambique to the places were he fought.
You really feel the heat and the brutal life of Africa through her writing - it is very fascinating but I don't think...more
I’m almost shamefully ignorant about modern Africa, and to that end, Scribbling the Cat did introduce me to a very human level side of Africa. Fuller’s dazzling sentences (p...more
"It's a good thing the Almighty forgives all of us. It doesn't matter"--now he leaned forward and fresh tears sprung--"how much of a shit you are, how much you've destroyed.... The Almighty forgives us. He holds us all in His hands."
"We were all lost after the war," he told me. "I reckon those of us who stopped dopping and sucking cabbage, we started to feel...shit! I mean, we actually started to think about what...more
The cover of the book reminds of the first, as does the title, as does the layout, chapters interspersed with small images of life in south east Africa.
Fuller's first book detailed her growing up in Rhodesia during that country's civil war. This second book sees her going back and going on a road trip with a former soldier now living close to her parents' farm in Zam...more
In this book, Mrs. Fuller meets up with an ex-Rhodesian Light Infantry soldier, a white-man who fought in the Rhodesian Civil War. "Scribbling"...more
This book is also a memoir. Basically the story of Fuller’s meeting and travel across parts of Africa with a former soldier called ‘K’. K is a veteran of the Rhodesian...more
Her debut book, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood (Random House, 2001), was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002, the 2002 Booksense best non-fiction book, a finalist for the Guardian’s First Book Award and the winner of the 2002 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize.
Her 2004 Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldie...more