Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

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In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. These children cheer when they hear the “stomach-echoing thump” of a mine exploding in the hills, because it tells them “either an African or a baboon has been wounded or killed”. Her book Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize in 2002 and a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award.

Mixed in with these geographical hardships is their family’s struggle and acceptance of the loss of three other siblings (how could the reader not forgive Mum’s love of gin and tonic?

which is better than having money", and they're pretty bad at managing what little money they do have. The writing is poetic, yet understated, letting the beauty and harshness of the landscape and her experiences speak for themselves. A well-written memoir that was fascinating if only because the author is exactly my age, born the year I was born, and lived a life so very different from my own. These are difficult things to say – get the tone wrong and you will offend almost everyone – but Fuller’s gaze is equally astonishing when she directs it at the bodies of the white people around her.

This is a joyously telling memoir that evokes Mary Karr's The Liars' Club as much as it does Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa . This is her story - of a civil war, of a quixotic battle with nature and loss, and of a family's unbreakable bond with the continent that came to define, scar and heal them. I am currently living in the Netherlands, so reading about the beauty of Africa truly made me feel homesick. It is told in a chatty and slightly childish and rambling style (she is a child for most of the book), mostly in the present tense.I love those books that make you want to see/smell/hear/feel the countries they are describing, and this is one of those. Her father drives her to her wedding in full rig, dress, veil, bouquet, and they talk about the fields along the road. I don’t enjoy immersing myself amid characters that are depressed, lost, or unmoored, so there were a couple of points where I might have abandoned the book had it not been for the funny, personable dialogue of the children trying to make sense of their conditions and the emotions of the adults.

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