A powerful memoir about growing up in Africa, this remarkable book recounts a life of extraordinary experiences, from the joys of childhood to a fascinating portrait of life in Zambia during Apartheid. Alexandra Fuller’s vivid memoir takes the reader back to when she was born in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and follows her through those turbulent times until her early teenage years. An extraordinary story told with intimacy and authority by one of the best writers working today, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight has become a classic work of modern literature.
The culturally evocative memoir of life in a Zambian animal preserve, where Alexandra Fuller and her family operated the only game farm in the region. It is a tale of rare and colorful animals, poacher confrontations, emergent independence and youthful exuberance. More than just a returning to her roots, this is a beautifully written story of an African childhood that has become part of the collective memory.
Alexandra Fuller describes in epic, tragic detail a childhood spent on the frontiers of war. The young Fuller lived with her parents in Rhodesia for a few years before the territory became Zimbabwe, and to this day it is home to family members who now hunt for food and apply for passports. This memoir is one of survival and hope, told by someone who believes that even in hell there can be small joys such as humor and love.
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is an affecting, frank and honest evocation of childhood in Africa. Alexandra Fuller remembers her childhood in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) 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.
About Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood Book
In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with honesty and sensitivity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is saturated with Fuller’s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller’s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.
This deeply affecting memoir is the story of a white girl growing up in Zimbabwe with a family that was rough and ready, close-knit, and loving. Both humorous and tragic, Alexandra Fuller’s account of her childhood is a rich evocation of place and time. Her descriptions of the beauty and brutality of Africa are humorously interspersed with the trials and tribulations of life in a war zone.