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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I envy her when I should probably not -- her life has clearly not been easy, but it has been rich with experiences. I also really wanted to delve deep into the Fullers reasons for wanting to live on a continent that they found so inhospitable--both in terms of terrain and in terms of constant violence they encountered. Her choice to use a child's POV is incredibly clever since it allows her to touch on issues like racism, post-colonialism, and dysfunctional family dynamics without needing to present apologies, excuses, or really any editorializing and that let's her experience shine through. I DID enjoy some parts of the story, I thought her family were colourful and although it was a bit dark at times, humorous too.

Fuller weaves her story back and forth between an intimate portrait of her family and the violence surrounding them. The only reason I read this is because Alexandra Fuller provided the cover blurb for Where the Crawdads Sing . They have free reign among scorpions, snakes, leopards, and baboons and they live in the middle of the Rhodesian war.Violence is not just a backdrop; this violence, and the lack of political stability in the countries she grows up in, shapes her family (and contributes to her mother’s descent into alcoholism and madness).

This is a profoundly personal story about growing up with a pair of funny, tough, white African settlers, and living with their "sometimes breathlessly illogical decisions", as they move from war-torn Zimbabwe to disease and malnutrition in Malawi, and finally the "beautiful and fertile" land of Zambia. She had absorbed the notion that white people were there to benevolently shepherd the natives, but came to question it when she met Africans for herself. Fuller regards herself "as a daughter of Africa", who spent her early life on farms in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia throughout the turbulent 1970s and 80s, as her parents "fought to keep one country in Africa white-run", but "lost twice" in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Her mother, who, in this book, is lovable and hilarious, in the books in past tense, seems abusive and irresponsible (which she is. She relates what her upbringing was like - the good and the bad - and leaves the reader to think for themselves, not breaking the pace of the narrative with reassurances.Anyone who has visited any of the countries in the region will identify with so much that is written here, even today. The book was hard to enjoy at times since my mind was often on the children, and I kept questioning the parent's reason for bringing them to Africa during such a turbulent time.

It is so hot outside that the flamboyant tree outside cracks to itself, as if already anticipating how it will feel to be on fire.Her feel for dialogue (naturally reconstructed, but incredibly realistic) is outstanding and her rendering of a child's understanding of language is superb. From earwigs skittering across the living room when the Christmas tree candles were lighted to the pair of rats living in her bedroom, and from clinging on while her dad drove around shouting for the laughing kids on the car roof to sing louder to her mother’s breakdowns after losing three children, Fuller presents each experience just as she remembers it, with little to no commentary.

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