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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
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Jul 09, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: z-2011, nonfiction, reviewed, africa, boarding-school, reread-me-please

Wow.

I didn't expect to love this as much as I did - I stumbled across it while looking for books by African writers. As good as Fuller's writing is, the real story is between the lines - the things her family doesn't say about assault, or racism, or the children her parents lost, or about the line between native and outsider.

I had to keep reminding myself as I read that, from the author's perspective, she was not a foreigner in Africa: it was her home, where she grew up, where her mother grew up. And yet the life her family lived (although poor by Western standards) was so starkly in contrast with the lives of the black Africans around them.

The timing is sometimes a bit unclear, but otherwise the book is a compelling and powerful portrait.
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