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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.
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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
Subject Headings: Zimbabwe History Chimurenga War, 1966-1980 Personal narratives, British Fuller, Alexandra, 1969- Childhood and youth Girls Zimbabwe Biography
Topical Term: Girls
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Join the discussion on Sept. 16, 2014. From 1972 to 1990, Fuller, known to friends and family as Bobo, grew up on several farms in southern and central Africa. 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 f... Read More »

The story of one woman's unbreakable bond with a continent and the people who inhabit it, a portrait lovingly realized and deeply felt.

Fuller recounts the story of her childhood in Africa growing up on a hard-scrabble farm and living with parents whose motivations were sometimes difficult to understand.

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight 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.

The story of one woman's unbreakable bond with a continent and the people who inhabit it, a portrait lovingly realized and deeply felt.


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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.

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

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

Love these books by Fuller.

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!

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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Jul 27, 2014
  • purplecow03 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

purplecow03 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Jul 27, 2014
  • purplecow03 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

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Jul 27, 2014
  • purplecow03 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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)

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