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Awards

Book Sense Best Nonfiction Book of 2002
A New York Times Notable Book of 2002

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In Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with visceral authenticity. 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.

From 1972 to 1990, Alexandra Fuller — known to friends and family as Bobo — grew up on several farms in southern and central Africa. Her father joined up on the side of the white government in the Rhodesian civil war, and was often away fighting against the powerful black guerilla factions. Her mother, in turn, flung herself at their African life and its rugged farm work with the same passion and maniacal energy she brought to everything else. Though she loved her children, she was no hand-holder and had little tolerance for neediness. She nurtured her daughters in other ways: She taught them, by example, to be resilient and self-sufficient, to have strong wills and strong opinions, and to embrace life wholeheartedly, despite and because of difficult circumstances. And she instilled in Bobo, particularly, a love of reading and of storytelling that proved to be her salvation.

A worthy heir to Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, Alexandra Fuller writes poignantly about a girl becoming a woman and a writer against a backdrop of unrest, not just in her country but in her home. But Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight is more than a survivor's story. It is the story of one woman's unbreakable bond with a continent and the people who inhabit it, a portrait lovingly realized and deeply felt.

Review:

"This is not a book you read just once, but a tale of terrible beauty to get lost in over and over." Newsweek

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"A classic is born in this tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey through a white African girl's childhood....Fuller's book has the promise of being widely read and remaining of interest for years to come." Publishers Weekly

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"This was no ordinary childhood, and it makes a riveting story thanks to an extraordinary telling." School Library Journal

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"Vivid, insightful and sly... Bottom line: Out of Africa, brilliantly." People

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"By turns mischievous and openhearted, earthy and soaring...hair-raising, horrific, and thrilling." The New Yorker

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"Fuller is a gifted writer, capable of bringing a sense of immediacy to her writing and crafting descriptions so vibrant the reader cannot only picture the stifling hot African afternoon but almost feel it as well." Booklist

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"[A] gripping memoir...made up, in equal parts, of stark, matter-of-fact reminiscences about her childhood and fierce, Dinesenesque paeans to the land of Africa." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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"As casually unadorned as rawhide, and just about as tough....The extremely personal and unguarded understatement of this memoir is far more powerful than any sociopolitical analysis or apologist interpretation could hope to be." The Boston Globe

About the Author

Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969. In 1972 she moved with her family to a farm in Rhodesia. After that country's civil war in 1981, the Fullers moved first to Malawi, then to Zambia. Fuller received a B.A. from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1994, she moved to Wyoming, where she still lives. She has two children.

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Zoe C, October 16, 2014 (view all comments by Zoe C)
My school had the privilege of having Alexandra Fuller come and talk to us about living in Africa. I was slightly confused about why she was there, but as she talked to one of my classes about living in Africa during different civil wars, I automatically wanted to read her book. Now, I was able to read it and I can say I never wanted to put down the book.
Being in Africa during the ending of a ten year civil and the starting of "a new civil war between Renamo rebel forces and the new Frelimo government" (52), I would think that living in Africa as a child would be so terrifying, especially living as close to the Mozambique border as she did. To most people watching out for land mines or being aware of snakes everywhere you stepped is an extreme caution, but Fuller and her family needed to live through it everyday. Although, Fuller did not have live through this by herself because she had her older sister Vanessa to always comfort her. She also had the company of the servants working at he house such as, Violet, the housekeeper or Snake, the cook.
Before reading the book, I knew that there was a lot of conflict in Africa, but after reading the book, I realized how it affected the lives of peoples. From learning how to use a gun to driving in a land rover to watch for land mines, Alexandra lived through something I wouldn't even be brave enough to live through. The detail of the book makes you feel like you're watching a movie.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375507502
Subtitle:
An African Childhood
Author:
Fuller, Alexandra
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
History
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Zimbabwe
Subject:
Africa - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
vol. 1
Publication Date:
December 2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.52x5.80x1.03 in. 1.16 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Random House - English 9780375507502 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is not a book you read just once, but a tale of terrible beauty to get lost in over and over."
"Review" by , "A classic is born in this tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey through a white African girl's childhood....Fuller's book has the promise of being widely read and remaining of interest for years to come."
"Review" by , "This was no ordinary childhood, and it makes a riveting story thanks to an extraordinary telling."
"Review" by , "Vivid, insightful and sly... Bottom line: Out of Africa, brilliantly."
"Review" by , "By turns mischievous and openhearted, earthy and soaring...hair-raising, horrific, and thrilling."
"Review" by , "Fuller is a gifted writer, capable of bringing a sense of immediacy to her writing and crafting descriptions so vibrant the reader cannot only picture the stifling hot African afternoon but almost feel it as well."
"Review" by , "[A] gripping memoir...made up, in equal parts, of stark, matter-of-fact reminiscences about her childhood and fierce, Dinesenesque paeans to the land of Africa."
"Review" by , "As casually unadorned as rawhide, and just about as tough....The extremely personal and unguarded understatement of this memoir is far more powerful than any sociopolitical analysis or apologist interpretation could hope to be."
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