Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight = 84 down, 16 to go

31 Aug

Nonfiction
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Alexandra Fuller
336 pages

This book juxtaposes Uzis and land mines against adventure and family, cigarettes, war and mental illness against love, history and  loss. The author is a white African girl raised on the continent during a time of war and racial division. Her father, a farmer…her mother, a horsewoman…her older sister, her friend and tormentor…a number of other siblings lost to disease, tragedy or miscarriage.

The writing is creative and delightful, with portions that are dark and telling as Fuller shares all of the angles of her life. Every single description is vivid and eloquent, including her description of how tied African children are to the land, to their country.

In Rhodesia, we are born and then the umbilical cord of each child is sewn straight from the mother onto the ground, where it takes root and grows. Pulling away from the ground causes death by suffocation, starvation. That’s what the people of this land believe. Deprive us of the land and you are depriving us of air, water, food, and sex.

It’s hard to even begin to determine which parts of this book to share and include here. I enjoyed every page of it. All I can do is recommend you pick it up and consume it for yourself.

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One Response to “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight = 84 down, 16 to go”

  1. Candice Casto September 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    How funny that I recently read some non-fiction about white sisters growing up in Rhodesia and really enjoyed it as well.

    Glad you are kicking butt in your book challenge!

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