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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood | [Alexandra Fuller]

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

Alexandra Fuller tells the idiosyncratic story of her life growing up white in rural Rhodesia as it was becoming Zimbabwe. The daughter of hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional English-bred immigrants, Alexandra arrives in Africa at the tender age of two. She moves through life with a hardy resilience, even as a bloody war approaches. Narrator Lisette Lecat reads this remarkable memoir of a family clinging to a harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism.
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Publisher's Summary

Alexandra Fuller tells the idiosyncratic story of her life growing up white in rural Rhodesia as it was becoming Zimbabwe. The daughter of hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional English-bred immigrants, Alexandra arrives in Africa at the tender age of two. She moves through life with a hardy resilience, even as a bloody war approaches. Narrator Lisette Lecat reads this remarkable memoir of a family clinging to a harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism.

©2001 Alexandra Fuller; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Winner, Adult Non-Fiction, 2003

"A classic is born in this tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey through a white African girl's childhood." (Publishers Weekly)
"This was no ordinary childhood, and it makes a riveting story thanks to an extraordinary telling." (School Library Journal)
"In this powerful debut, Fuller fully succeeds in memorializing the beauty of each desert puddle and each African summer night sky while also recognizing that beauty can lie hidden in the faces of those who have crossed her path. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"An honest, moving portrait of one family struggling to survive tumultuous times." (Booklist)

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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 08-01-09
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 08-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "So different and honest"

    Fuller's biography about growing up as a white African during the 70s and 80s in each African country ruled/formerly ruled by the British is fascinating. She doesn't gloss over her own rough behavior or warts of her family. Their living experience is really interesting as it was totally different than growing up in the US during the same period.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 02-05-07
    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 02-05-07 Member Since 2004
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    "An interesting tale, well-told, but..."

    Alexandra Fuller has led a fascinating life, not always by her own choosing. Her parents were untrustworthy, accidental carpetbaggers who fumbled through a sinister landscape to which they had no claim, and to which they felt entitled. The story Fuller tells is occasionally funny and often heartbreaking. It is her own story, and she is to be congratulated for surviving it. But this book is not for everyone, and will sometimes leave the listener feeling contempt for the primary personae. The lilting, perfect voice of Lisette Lecat, who also reads the more-affable "#1 Ladies Detective Agency" series, is always welcome.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jana Richmond, CA, United States 03-27-04
    Jana Richmond, CA, United States 03-27-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Superb, fascinating"

    Fascinating, enchanting, well-written, beautifully narrated. Poignant story about women dealing with life and overcoming hardships amidst the harsh and foreign beauty of several different African countries as white foreigners. The story got better and more enjoyable with every hour I listened.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. M. Walker Harrisburg, PA 05-03-14
    J. M. Walker Harrisburg, PA 05-03-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "Living, breathing, fun"
    Where does Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It takes you all the way into a completely different world.
    It is filled with unique, simpatico characters.
    And it is deeply, wildly funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ratna Northam, Australia 10-26-13
    ratna Northam, Australia 10-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Not a literary buff but enjoy classics to Neal Stephenson,Diana Gabaldon, John Irving, Haruki Marukami. Make me think. Apprec. your reviews.

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    "Great insight to family, dispossession, culture"
    Would you listen to Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight again? Why?

    Wonderfully written, generous, courageous and heartfelt.......I haven't finished this yet but thank audible for offering Alexandra's sequel to this story for $5. Otherwise i wouldn't have known of this beautiful narrative or author. A powerful account of an amazing english family forced into a nomadic life by the ever changing politics of the African nations they live in.


    Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

    Mum-her ecstasy, her madness, her remoteness and at other times her almost too intense engagement in life. A beautiful, vulnerable, strong woman who at times shocked me with her passionate beliefs and actions and disliked at others when her grief dealt cruel disregard for her daughters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charmaine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 12-19-12
    Charmaine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 12-19-12 Member Since 2012

    I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!

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    "History from a personal perspective"

    What a great story teller - and what fabulous insight and perspective into the liberation (really) of Rhodesia. What stands out for me is how the loan for the farm simply changed names in the bond holders books. The struggling farmers remained struggling farmers. I think this book has clairvoyant significance for South Africans - as we see our rich and powerful leaders getting richer greedier and more powerful whilst the informal settlements squalor and desperation of the ordinary people grows exponentially. And yet it is the poorest who enable the corruption - leaving the ordinary person no option but to flee. Perhaps why there are millions of Zimbabweans in SA. Where to from here Ms Fuller?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Omaha, NE, USA 09-03-12
    William Omaha, NE, USA 09-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Very good"
    Where does Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top of all audio books I have listened to.


    Have you listened to any of Lisette Lecat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Lisette Lecat is truly outstanding. This is really a performance, not just a narration. I hesitate to recommend the text version because I don't know if I would have enjoyed it nearly as much as I did the audio version. I might have, but her reading was simply superb.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine W. Largo, Florida United States 12-31-10
    Christine W. Largo, Florida United States 12-31-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Credit Worthy Book"

    An interesting account of growing up in Africa, written with a unique voice. Definitely worth the time and credit :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul College Park, MD, USA 04-20-04
    Paul College Park, MD, USA 04-20-04
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    "Marvellous"

    I keep going back and relistening to it.

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    J S KL Malaysia 03-25-13
    J S KL Malaysia 03-25-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Writing (and narrating) at its best!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


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

    Fuller writes in a very verbose style. A reader of the print version might find this a plodding and heavy style. By listening to Lecat's excellent narration, I could enjoy the imagery without struggling with the reading.


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

    I got carried away to another time in Africa...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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