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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight : An African Childhood - Alexandra Fuller

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

An African Childhood

Paperback Published: 1st March 2003
ISBN: 9780375758997
Number Of Pages: 315

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In "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, " Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller's endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller's debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.

Industry Reviews

"This is not a book you read just once, but a tale of terrible beauty to get lost in over and over."--Newsweek "By turns mischievous and openhearted, earthy and soaring . . . hair-raising, horrific, and thrilling."--The New Yorker

"The Africa of this beautiful book is not easy to forget. Despite, or maybe even because of, the snakes, the leopards, the malaria and the sheer craziness of its human inhabitants, often violent but pulsing with life, it seems like a fine place to grow up, at least if you are as strong, passionate, sharp and gifted as Alexandra Fuller."--Chicago Tribune

"Owning a great story doesn't guarantee being able to tell it well. That's the individual mystery of talent, a gift with which Alexandra Fuller is richly blessed, and with which she illuminates her extraordinary memoir. . . . There's flavor, aroma, humor, patience . . . and pinpoint observational acuity."--Entertainment Weekly

"This is a joyously telling memoir that evokes Mary Karr's The Liars' Club as much as it does Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa."--New York Daily News

"Riveting . . . [full of] humor and compassion."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"The incredible story of an incredible childhood."--The Providence Journal

"Fuller's look back at her early life in an English family at the violent tail end of colonialism is sad and hilarious."--USA Today

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A great read

5

Loved reading this book. The Author writes of her life growing up in Africa, the good and the bad. Well written and interesting, the memories and family adventures.

Australia

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A must buy especially for ex Rhodesians

5

Unusual style that was difficult to get into at first, but the perfect style for memories and especially those of a child, and one gets into it comfortably after a chapter or two. Slow start but accelerated to a gallop. Evocative of the era in those countries and a must read for people who can identify.

Australia

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A child's view of Africa

3

Reading a childhood account of life in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia during the turbulent 19070's was both sad and amusing. Alexandra Fuller writes from the heart about her families adventures and all that keeps them together.

WA

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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

4.3 3

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ISBN: 9780375758997
ISBN-10: 0375758992
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 315
Published: 1st March 2003
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.26

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