- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (March 11, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375758992
- ISBN-13: 978-0375758997
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 698 customer reviews
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood Paperback – March 11, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
A classic is born in this tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey through a white African girl's childhood. Born in England and now living in Wyoming, Fuller was conceived and bred on African soil during the Rhodesian civil war (1971-1979), a world where children over five "learn[ed] how to load an FN rifle magazine, strip and clean all the guns in the house, and ultimately, shoot-to-kill." With a unique and subtle sensitivity to racial issues, Fuller describes her parents' racism and the wartime relationships between blacks and whites through a child's watchful eyes. Curfews and war, mosquitoes, land mines, ambushes and "an abundance of leopards" are the stuff of this childhood. "Dad has to go out into the bush... and find terrorists and fight them"; Mum saves the family from an Egyptian spitting cobra; they both fight "to keep one country in Africa white-run." The "A" schools ("with the best teachers and facilities") are for white children; "B" schools serve "children who are neither black nor white"; and "C" schools are for black children. Fuller's world is marked by sudden, drastic changes: the farm is taken away for "land redistribution"; one term at school, five white students are "left in the boarding house... among two hundred African students"; three of her four siblings die in infancy; the family constantly sets up house in hostile, desolate environments as they move from Rhodesia to Zambia to Malawi and back to Zambia. But Fuller's remarkable affection for her parents (who are racists) and her homeland (brutal under white and black rule) shines through. This affection, in spite of its subjects' prominent flaws, reveals their humanity and allows the reader direct entry into her world. Fuller's book has the promise of being widely read and remaining of interest for years to come. Photos not seen by PW. (On-sale Dec. 18)Forecast: Like Anne Frank's diary, this work captures the tone of a very young person caught up in her own small world as she witnesses a far larger historical event. It will appeal to those looking for a good story as well as anyone seeking firsthand reportage of white southern Africa. The quirky title and jacket will propel curious shoppers to pick it up.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Pining for Africa, Fuller's parents departed England in the early '70s while she was still a toddler. They knew well that their life as white farmers living in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia at the time) would be anything but glamorous. Living a crude, rural life, the author and her older sister contended with "itchy bums and worms and bites up their arms from fleas" and losing three siblings. Mum and Dad were freewheeling, free-drinking, and often careless. Yet they were made of tough stuff and there is little doubt of the affection among family members. On top of attempting to make a living, they faced natives who were trying to free themselves of British rule, and who were understandably not thrilled to see more white bwanas settling in. Fuller portrays bigotry (her own included), segregation, and deprivation. But judging by her vivid and effortless imagery, it is clear that the rich, pungent flora and fauna of Africa have settled deeply in her bones. Snapshots scattered throughout the book enhance the feeling of intimacy and adventure. A photo of the author's first day of boarding school seems ordinary enough- she's standing in front of the family's Land Rover, smiling with her mother and sister. Then the realization strikes that young Alexandra is holding an Uzi (which she had been trained to use) and the family car had been mine-proofed. This was no ordinary childhood, and it makes a riveting story thanks to an extraordinary telling.
Sheila Shoup, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This is an excellent read for anyone that wants to understand life in Africa. For me it kept my own trip recently to Tanzania alive and fulfilled my desire to learn more about Africa, the life and the people.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight is about a child who grew up on the wrong side of the Rhodesian civil war, and who is nicknamed Bobo after the baboons that live there. It's a memoir told through the eyes of Bobo as she grows up, and the older she becomes the more aware she becomes about the issues surrounding her. Fuller does not write her memoir with the perspectives that she has now, but includes enough detail that the reader can pick up on the issues that influenced her childhood.
Fuller's book is a great choice for anyone who enjoys history, travel, culture, or memoirs. It is also a fantastic choice for book clubs - my class spent 4 days talking about different things in this book and we barely scratched the surface. As someone who doesn't normally read memoirs, I really enjoyed this book and it has earned a permanent spot on my bookshelf.
Indeed from her view the war is a far off, but constant thing that pokes into her life on occasion. Her father is a reservist, her remote farm is near a minefield, they barely break even on their farm.
A good memoir of an interesting place and time.