Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

An African Childhood

eBook - 2001
Average Rating:
18
1
1
 …
Rate this:
Born in England and now living in Wyoming, Fuller was conceived and bred on African soil during the Rhodesian civil war (1971-1979), a world where children over five "learn[ed] how to load an FN rifle magazine, strip and clean all the guns in the house, and ultimately, shoot-to-kill." With a unique and subtle sensitivity to racial issues, Fuller describes her parents' racism and the wartime relationships between blacks and whites through a child's watchful eyes.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781588360496
1588360490
Characteristics: 301 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

l
lutvandamme
Nov 22, 2017

Las ik echt niet graag in tegenstelling tot haar ander boek, gaf niet compleet gelezen terug.

f
FiremanCalla
Aug 17, 2017

I've read most of Fuller's books and since the very first one I picked up, Cocktails Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, I was completely fascinated. She is now one of my favourite authors of all time due to her courage to talk so openly about her experiences and to do it so well. Her writing is brilliant and funny although there is a trail of saddness inherent in her and her familys' lives. I found her latest book about her marriage break- up pretty hard to read due to this aspect. Her descriptions of life in Africa, at the time, are riveting and there's a lot to learn about the history of the continent from a white perspective.

One critic called her "one of the ten best writers in the English language during the 1990s".

v
VSoltman
Mar 21, 2017

This was an interesting book to read, since I didn't know much about this specific historical setting, but I really don't know why so many of the reviews inside the book said it was "hilarious".

Mayflower94 Feb 15, 2017

This book makes me realize that how little I know about Africa, especially the life in colonial Africa as recent as the 70s and 80s. A fascinating read.

r
ryner
Jan 12, 2017

Alexandra Fuller, inexplicably nicknamed "Bobo," recounts her unusual childhood in Rhodesia, Malawi and Zambia, all somewhat dicey places to be white and English during the 1970s and 1980s. I had a difficult time putting the book down -- having never met anyone with such a bizarre, unconventional upbringing, I was by turns endlessly fascinated, frequently disturbed and unintentionally(?) amused. The scene with the missionaries had me laughing out loud. A worthy read if you're looking to read about life experiences completely foreign to your own.

m
mdjamali
Oct 17, 2016

I adore this writer. She lived a colorful life as a child and I enjoyed reliving it vicariously with her. I found her untraditional upbringing fascinating. Great read!

Bunny_Watson716 Jun 24, 2016

An excellent memoir of the author's time spent growing up in Zimbabwe. This is a portrait of a family you won't soon forget!

r
rationallady
Nov 22, 2015

I was an ex-pat for twenty years so I identified with many of the problems and blessings of this family even though I've never been to Africa. Ex-pats don't usually feel superior to the local population, but they always feel special.

PoMoLibrary Jul 30, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Gayle: Excellent book!

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

Growing up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), “Bobo” Fuller has given us an insightful portrait of her fun-loving, ingenious English family. The rather extraordinary circumstances of her life in this southern African country before and during Mugabe’s rule are written about with compassionate realism: her mother’s fondness for gin & tonic in “watermelon porcupines”; their rather large troupe of seven lap-hopping disobedient dogs; the cook who was constantly toting a large marijuana cigarette, sprinkling ashes on everything he concocted in the kitchen; their father’s stubborn streak of independence which led them into constant adventure; and the truly agonizing loss of three adorable siblings at very young ages. It’s a wonderful read, opening up worlds intriguing and unknown to so many of us.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

p
purplecow03
Jul 27, 2014

purplecow03 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Summary

Add a Summary

p
purplecow03
Jul 27, 2014

A true story, told by Alexandra "Bobo" Fuller. It is the story of a European family born and raised in southern Africa. The story honestly portrays the challenges of every day life and Bobo's journey from girlhood to womanhood in a hostile environment.

Quotes

Add a Quote

p
purplecow03
Jul 27, 2014

When [Mum] kisses me good-bye, she wraps me briefly in the safe, old smell of Vicks VapoRub, tea, and perfume and it's only when I look into her eyes that I remember that she is in the middle of a nervous breakdown. She says, "Be a brave girl, okay?"
"You, too."
(Fuller 195)

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at VPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top