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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
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Feb 02, 10

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Read from January 20 to February 01, 2010

An extremely memorable, very well-written memoir of a girl growing up in Africa (specifically Rhodesia, Malawi, and Zambia). Her parents, British expatriates, are eccentric, interesting people: heavy drinkers, racist, usually without money, and a little nuts. Alexandra (nicknamed Bobo) and her older sister Van (Vanessa) are the sole surviving children out of 5. Her African experiences are warm, sometimes shocking and often heartbreaking, but the Fuller clan just deal with their problems and move on to the next farm, the next obstacle, the next country. She describes with candor the vast differences in the way whites and Africans were treated, and her parents were nothing if not assured of their racial superiority, even as they were in the minority. The fact that Fuller doesn't hide from this (even though near the end she realizes how terrible the racial injustices were, and she never appreciated that as a child) and tells an honest story about her flawed parents is admirable.

The book wasn't necessarily hard for me to put down, but Fuller's evocative descriptions of her rough and tumble growing up in Africa resonated with me. But i will tell you this: I didn't have a whole lot of interest in visiting Africa before reading this, and this book just sealed the deal!
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Susan.olesoncpcc.edu Let me know what you think of this--i really enjoyed it.


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