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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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A good follow on

I did not enjoy this as much as "Don't let's go to the dogs tonight" but it was still a very enjoyable listen.
It manages to capture so much of what is modern Africa.

Well worth the price.

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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

I enjoyed Ms. Fuller's first book as well. Tales of an era gone by. How we do forget!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ana
  • BragaPortugal
  • 09-10-12

Deeply touching.

If you could sum up Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness in three words, what would they be?

Heartwarming<br/>Heartbreaking<br/>Dramatic

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness?

The ride to the fancy-dress party in Lucy, the mine-proof Land Rover, with Vanessa as a rose, Olive as Spring, and Bobo in the back suffocating inside a insecticide tub as... I forget what.

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

No, this is the first one. And it was excellent. The abruptness that fits so well the voice of Nicola Fuller (of Central Africa...) sometimes lingered in the main narration, and that was less suited.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Violet dies.<br/>When Adrian dies.<br/>When Olive dies.<br/>When "the baby" dies.

Any additional comments?

It's an excellent book.<br/>A very endearing and dramatic account of the life of these astonishingly brave, resilient people that go through the most exciting and most horrific experiences, taking the suffering side by side with joy, and never shirking from living life to its fullest.

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  • Carolyn
  • APO, AE, United States
  • 09-21-11

Musical

Bianca reads Ms. Fuller's story as if it were her own. This clever book is full of insight to central Africa history along personal experiences of adaptation. I loved the use of humor that lead the listener through hard time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading Ms. Fuller's other "awful books"!!!!!

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