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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood - Community Reviews back

by Alexandra Fuller, Lisette Lecat
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Perrin Pring
Perrin Pring rated it 6 years ago
Recommended to me by two people, I finally picked this book up from a thrift store. Once I started it, I found it hard to put down.I'm just going to tell you now though, this is not the light pick-me-up read you may need as we near the dead of winter. Children and animals die. I'm not even going to ...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 6 years ago
The tone of this memoir of "an African childhood" is set in the very first lines: Mum says, "Don't come creeping into our room at night." They sleep with loaded guns beside them on the bedside rugs. She says, "Don't startle us when we're sleeping." "Why not?" "We might shoot you." "Oh." "By mi...
Osho
Osho rated it 8 years ago
Besides being an interesting memoir, this is a good example of how history can be conveyed and reflected upon through events and exposition by characters. Here, Fuller uses her mother's drunken soliloquies to hold the history of the end of colonial Africa.Earlier sections were more compelling than t...
Bright and Shiny Shiny
Bright and Shiny Shiny rated it 8 years ago
I loved this book. If you don't enjoy disfunctional family memoirs stay away from this one and if you have a problem with someone writing about racism in a casual tone also stay away. I noticed alot of reviews had issues with this part of the author's story but honestly when a person writes about ...
Bright and Shiny Shiny
Bright and Shiny Shiny rated it 8 years ago
I loved this book. If you don't enjoy disfunctional family memoirs stay away from this one and if you have a problem with someone writing about racism in a casual tone also stay away. I noticed alot of reviews had issues with this part of the author's story but honestly when a person writes about ...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it 10 years ago
Whenever I read an autobiography, I compare my childhood experiences with those of the author. What was happening in my life at that age? How would I have behaved under those circumstances? With this book, the comparisons were difficult to make. I can't imagine growing up amid so much tumult and...
engarde99
engarde99 rated it 10 years ago
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’...
Kwoomac
Kwoomac rated it 11 years ago
Coming of age beautifully written.
Melody Murray's Books
Melody Murray's Books rated it 11 years ago
This fascinating memoir was much less about the African surroundings in which Fuller grew up and more about her immediate household. For all their flaws, her family sounded engaging and warm when not depressive or drunk. The writing was mostly solid, but there were some gaps in the narrative which w...
Chrissie's Books
Chrissie's Books rated it 12 years ago
I totally, TOTALLY loved this book!!!!! I know I tshould think a bit before I write something, but I am carried away by my emotions. I love the family, all of them. How can I love them, they are so very far from any way I could live my own life, but nevertheless I love them to pieces. Their lives ar...
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