Scribbling the Cat
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
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
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
"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
-- Page 188, "Scribbling the Cat."
Alexandra Fuller, who chronicled growing up in Africa in "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight," here tells of a return visit in the company of a half-crazed, lovesick, moody, jealous, born-again retired soldier whom she calls K. They revisit the places he served, not always honorably, as a soldier for the Rhodesian Light I...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
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
Author of the highly acclaimed memoir Don't Let's Go To the Dogs Tonight, Fuller has developed a masterful prose style; the Kansas City Star calls her "powerful as a lion on the move." But lions aren't known for their self-reflection, and this is where Scribbling the Cat runs into trouble. Fuller willingly accepts her share of K's guilt. However, she doesn't truly change her view of herself, her people, or her homeland. And she leaves the reader with some troubling questions
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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
Something... well... I dunno. There was some OK stuff. K is a piece of shit. Ver...more
Scribbling the Cat isn't really her memoir, though it does tell the story of her experiences befriending and traveling wi...more
what keeps me from giving this the fifth star is this: alexandra was exceptionally outward looking in
this book. i know that was the focus: i wanted to see more of her. she provided limited personal responses because she was looking outward at the character/individual she was highlighting. i'd be willing to spend
an entirely new day with the sequel to this book told from a more intimate and forthcoming point...more
I'm puzzled by reviews criticizing Fuller for not divulging enough of herself. The book was intended as neither memoir nor travelogue but as a non-fiction piece that unc...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
Fuller and K. travel from Zambia through Zimbabwe and on into Mozambique in order for K. to...more
The issue I had with the book is that Fuller, whose writing in the autobiographical...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