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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness Audiobook

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.
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Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa.

Fuller braids a multilayered narrative around the perfectly lit, Happy Valley-era Africa of her mother's childhood; the boiled cabbage grimness of her father's English childhood; and the darker, civil war- torn Africa of her own childhood. At its heart, this is the story of Fuller's mother, Nicola. Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, Nicola holds dear the kinds of values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa: loyalty to blood, passion for land, and a holy belief in the restorative power of all animals. Fuller interviewed her mother at length and has captured her inimitable voice with remarkable precision. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness is as funny, terrifying, exotic, and unselfconscious as Nicola herself.

©2011 Alexandra Fuller (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Patricia Clarkesville, GA, United States 01-05-12
    Patricia Clarkesville, GA, United States 01-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A fascinating life well written."
    What made the experience of listening to Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness the most enjoyable?

    Nothing ordinary in this woman's life, funny and poignant.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nicola Fuller of Central Africa was both ridiculous with her snobbery and admirable for her strong core.


    What does Bianca Amato bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like Amato's plain reading. Too many readers feel compelled to over dramatize, rather than give a plain, strong delivery. Her accent added location, but didn't interfere with understanding the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well and tightly written.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    lisa 01-15-16
    lisa 01-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Africa as palette"

    The beauty and despair of Central Africa captured through the life stories of a white settler.

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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 01-08-16
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 01-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I was disappointed"

    I adored Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight and suppose I expected the same. While Cocktail Hour is perfectly fine, it just did not grip me the way Dogs did. I also found the bits when the mother sang (which was many times) annoying rather than additive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Lou Skowronski Newport Beach, CA, United States 10-12-15
    Mary Lou Skowronski Newport Beach, CA, United States 10-12-15 Member Since 2012

    Realtor, Newport Beach Homes, Foreclosure and Short Sale Specialist

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    "Delightfully Entertaining Perseverance in Africa"

    If you want to get out of your world and into another's - sit back and enjoy. Struggles, conflicts and loss keep this family coming back for the love and beauty that is only unique to Africa.

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    Andi 04-28-15
    Andi 04-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not much difference from last book"

    Fuller picks up from her prior book and elaborates on her mother gritty mother who is displeased with how the family is portrayed in the book. Nicolette faced many hardships, and was defiantly a colorful person. I just felt like there was a lot recycled material from the prior book, and I was kind of tired of it all. On to West With Night ;)

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    Gardengirl 03-02-15
    Gardengirl 03-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness to be better than the print version?

    An interesting, well-read book EXCEPT for the singing. Why, oh why, did the publishers require -- if require they did -- the reader to sing the songs in the text? It's utterly painful.


    What other book might you compare Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness to and why?

    When The Crocodile Swallowed The Sun.


    What three words best describe Bianca Amato’s voice?

    Fine except for the singing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Judy Bowna via Albury, Australia 10-05-13
    Judy Bowna via Albury, Australia 10-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Photographer's Moll, Chicken breeder, school administrator and owned by four dogs. Busy life, Happy life!

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    "Just Lovely"

    A well written, well narrated story that describes a family history that is at once difficult and heartwarming. Beautiful descriptions of life in a different era of Africa.

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    Connie California 07-18-13
    Connie California 07-18-13

    Connie

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    "never grabbed me"

    A good friend recommended this book to me so I wanted to like it. I do generally like the ex-pats in Africa topic. This book however never developed a character I cared much about, and I was glad it wasn't that long.

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    Blue Wren 05-17-13
    Blue Wren 05-17-13
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    "Just can't take any more!"

    Tried again to listen to this book but it's so trite and seems to have no plot. Managed to listen to 45 minutes on the train but it was too painful, especially the singing. Best avoided.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Ruple Georgia 03-30-13
    K. Ruple Georgia 03-30-13
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    "Interesting and provides some historical insights"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Gives you insights into what British settlers experienced, some humor, some sad, good description of dynamics of mother/daughter and siblings. Is the Mother stable? Yet we all have someone like this and move through life. Pace is a bit slow, but good for long runs.


    Would you recommend Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness to your friends? Why or why not?

    To pass the time, doesn't grab you but does entertain you.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Discovering the tree, talking on the veranda


    Could you see Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a movie, definitely Meryl Streep, maybe Judy Dench both have the underlying "iron" with a shade of crazy in some of their performances.


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