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

 
9780007147021: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

In 1972, when Alexandra Fuller was two years old, her parents finally abandoned their English life and returned to what was then Southern Rhodesia and to the beginning of a civil war. By the time she was eight, the war was in full swing. Her parents veered from being determined farmers to being blind drunk, whilst Alexandra and her sister, the only survivors of five children, alternately take up target practice and sing Rod Stewart numbers from sunbleached rocks. This memoir is about living through a civil war; it is about losing children and losing that war, and realizing that the side you have been fighting for may well be the "wrong" one.

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From 1972 to 1990, Alexandra Fuller – known to friends and family as Bobo – grew up on several farms in the remotest region of Africa. Three of her siblings died in childhood – only Bobo and her sister Vanessa survived. While their father was away for long stretches fighting on the side of the white government in the Rhodesian civil war, their mother managed the farming work with a fierceness and passion fueled by a love of life, and an almost illogical love for Africa. In Fuller's description of this hardscrabble life in treacherous surroundings, there's indeed much that is poignant but also much that is funny. Alexandra Fuller writes with brilliance, humor, and overwhelming affection for her African childhood.

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