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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
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Aug 08, 2011

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bookshelves: africa, biography, around-world-80-books-group-read, spring-2012, zambia, zimbabwe, kenya
Read from February 17 to March 06, 2012

This book is a prequel to Alexandra Fuller's previous book, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. It tells the story of Nicola Fuller, the author's mother, who was born in Scotland and grew up in Kenya. Nicola was an artistic, humorous, courageous woman with a passion for animals, especially horses.

Nicola and her husband, Tim Fuller, have a love of Africa. The author writes, "Land is Mum's love affair and it is Dad's religion." They moved from farm to farm from Kenya to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to Zambia during the time when colonial rule was ending. During that time they lived through wars and the tragic deaths of three young children. The violent end of colonialism is told through the eyes of a white English/Scotch family.

Now, Nicola and Tim are in Zambia operating a fish farm along a river, growing bananas, and raising sheep. They enjoy relaxing at the end of the day under a special tree on their property planted by the headmen in their village. The Tree of Forgetfulness holds the ancestors inside it. If there is sickness or trouble, you sit underneath the Tree of Forgetfulness and your ancestors help you resolve your problems. Their time in Zambia has been a healing time for them.

The beginning of this book might be a little confusing to someone who has not read the author's previous book. But then it turns into a very readable story of her mother that is admiring, honest, and humorous.

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