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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

An African Childhood
Fuller, Alexandra (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight


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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 guerrilla factions. Her mother, in turn, flung herself into their African life and its rugged farmwork with the same passion and maniacal energy she brought to everything. She taught her daughters, by example, to be resilient and self-sufficient, and she instilled in Bobo a love of reading and of storytelling that proved to be her salvation. 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.
Authors: Fuller, Alexandra, 1969-
Title: Don't let's go to the dogs tonight
an African childhood
Publisher: New York :, Random House Trade Paperbacks,, 2003
Edition: Random House trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 315 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Alexandra Fuller
Notes: Includes "My Africa" and "Suggested reading" by the author
Includes questions for discussion
Summary: 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 guerrilla factions. Her mother, in turn, flung herself into their African life and its rugged farmwork with the same passion and maniacal energy she brought to everything. She taught her daughters, by example, to be resilient and self-sufficient, and she instilled in Bobo a love of reading and of storytelling that proved to be her salvation. 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.
ISBN: 0375758992
9780375758997
Branch Call Number: B-Fu9577d 2003
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Report This Apr 16, 2013
  • cynthia94066 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Would others recommend for 8th graders? At the end of 8th grade. There's violence and molestation, but it's all off page for the most part from what I recall.

Report This May 16, 2012
  • sari rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A touching and very descriptive true story of an English family living in Africa. The author writes quite openly about her family and the tragedies they face.

Milawi is mis spelled! it should be Malawi

Report This Dec 28, 2011
  • anflan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Love these books by Fuller.

Report This Nov 28, 2011
  • lalalady rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Bare faced look at how outsiders fall in love with their adopted country and yet maintain their separateness. Highly recommended, fascinating read, makes you want to travel to Africa despite the dirt, poverty, bugs and war, because of the beauty, the teeming life and scent of it all.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. Highly reccommended!

Report This Aug 31, 2011
  • coastalkate rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An interesting look at life in southern Africa in the 70s and 80s, from a white person's perspective (the author grew up there). Told with no apology or politeness, which may offend people who aren't familiar with the life of Africa. It's very raw and down-to-earth! Most interesting to me was getting it from a child's perspective. This is more about the family and the person than about the bigger picture, yet you get a clear portrait of the bigger picture.

Changes your mind about the poetry of Africa

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