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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight An African Childhood
Author: Alexandra Fuller
In Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. 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 un...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375758997
ISBN-10: 0375758992
Publication Date: 3/11/2003
Pages: 336
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 254 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 18
There are books and movies that I love, but can't bear to experience again, and this was without a doubt one of them.
Alexandra's childhood is so foreign to my own that I was spellbound by it. I went from horrified to angry to amused to heartbroken and back to horrified several times throughout. The book weighed on me like a sad movie for long afterward.
If you don't like books that are emotionally draining, this one isn't for you. But if you need an eye opener to dysfunction and danger, this definitely is.
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Helpful Score: 11
Entertaining and honest. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The author's abilities never lead you to think that she is trying to impress you with her use of language. I related to her family experiences and the perspectives where told from a child's perspective. A good read.
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Helpful Score: 11
This biography reminded me of "Running with Scissors " with is blunt descriptions of a harsh upbringing and highly difunctional parents. Ms. Fuller is able to retell the events of her life with insight and humor. A very good read.
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Helpful Score: 7
This is a beautifully written memoir of a an English family's life in Africa. It is told by "Bobo", Alexandra Fuller, in a compelling and descriptive style that will have you hooked in the first chapter. This tale is sad; three of the five Fuller children do not survive infancy, but it is also humorous in parts. A wonderful read.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is a fabulous book. In addition to giving the reader a fully-realuized memoir, the author also provides a history lesson about the experiences of middle class white farmers in Africa during the 1960s-1980s. Do not miss this book!
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Starts off in a mixed up way but settles down later. Ever read Farquarson's Physique? Draws you in some place where you don't really want to go! And those dogs!
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This is a very good read. The follow up would be "Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfullness", which is also very engaging. Alexandra Fuller tells a sweet but painful childhood growing up in Africa and I could hardly put it down.
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It was different,something I didn't know anything about. Passed it on to my daughter who is going to Africa.


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