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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
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Apr 24, 2011

it was amazing
Read from May 15 to 27, 2011

A well-written memoir that was fascinating if only because the author is exactly my age, born the year I was born, and lived a life so very different from my own. As she described each stage of her upbringing, I found myself thinking about what I had been doing at that same age and marveling that the two of us could possibly have occupied the same world at the same time. I envy her when I should probably not -- her life has clearly not been easy, but it has been rich with experiences. The other reason I really enjoyed this book was the sometimes startlingly candid and dispassionate voice of the narration. There's a lot of beauty in this prose...even the most terrible parts of her story are beautifully rendered. Her style shows a restraint that I fully appreciate (others may find it disquieting). She unflinchingly describes her life and does not apologize for it nor cheapen it by gaudily harping on lessons she has learned. She gives the reader credit for being able to figure it out. Sometimes quite funny. Often very sad. In the end, uplifting and powerful.

Good stuff.
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Ronni "[...] marveling the the two of us could possibly have occupied the same world at the same time." Exactly the power of this book for me! I found the interspersed history lessons with the memoir made "Africa" come alive to me in whole new ways.


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