Unter afrikanischer Sonne: meine Kindheit in Simbabwe

Unter afrikanischer Sonne meine Kindheit in Simbabwe In Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place it is suffuse

  • Title: Unter afrikanischer Sonne: meine Kindheit in Simbabwe
  • Author: Alexandra Fuller Sabine Roth
  • ISBN: 3442458471
  • Page: 357
  • Format: None
  • In Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate Fuller s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating In wry andIn Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate Fuller s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.

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    1. This is one of my top-ten favorite books of all time. An extremely compelling memoir, well-written, poignant but not maudlin or precious. I've read it twice and feel another reread coming on.The brutal honesty in this story is startling, and Fuller does not set out to insert political or social critique into her story. This is probably unsettling for readers who come face-to-face with her family's colonialist attitudes and expect to hear her criticize and critique them. However, I prefer that Fu [...]

    2. I almost gave this book four stars because it was very well-written and evocative. But I just never felt much of a connection to the book or to any of the characters. The author's writing skill made it a pleasant enough read - at least, pleasant enough to finish. But it definitely wasn't a can't-put-it-down kind of book. If I had to give concrete criticisms of the book, the main one would be that she doesn't develop any characters outside of her immediately family (in fact, it seemed her family [...]

    3. The memoirs of the childhood of a white girl (Alexandra, known as Bobo), raised on African farms in the 1970s and 1980s, along with her sister, Van(essa). But it's not a gilded, ex-pat life: her parents lose their farm in forced land distribution, after which they are itinerant farm managers, who move where the work is, often to disease-ridden and war-torn areas. They also have their own problems with bereavement and alcohol. It is perhaps closer to misery lit, although the tone is mostly light, [...]

    4. Whenever I read an autobiography, I compare my childhood experiences with those of the author. What was happening in my life at that age? How would I have behaved under those circumstances? With this book, the comparisons were difficult to make. I can't imagine growing up amid so much tumult and violence and uncertainty. Not to mention numerous inconveniences and an abundance of creepy and dangerous vermin. I'm glad I didn't grow up in a place where terrorists were so common that they were refer [...]

    5. What a fantastic read! Alexandra Fuller took me on an amazing journey through her younger years growing up in Africa as a poor white girl. Her parents are expats from Britain who moved in the late 60's to work as farm managers. This memoir details her life from that time right up to the late 90's, a time period when Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) was at war fighting for independence from Britain. I found it fascinating to not only read of the hellish conditions, but also how this young girl named Bobo, [...]

    6. I totally, TOTALLY loved this book!!!!! I know I tshould think a bit before I write something, but I am carried away by my emotions. I love the family, all of them. How can I love them, they are so very far from any way I could live my own life, but nevertheless I love them to pieces. Their lives are hard, but they get through, one step at a time. They know what is important. They don't demand too much. Oh the mother, my heart bled for her. I know she is manic, but who wouldn't be - living throu [...]

    7. The first few lines are gripping, to say the least.Mom says, "Don't come creeping into our room at night."They sleep with loaded guns beside them on the bedside rugs.She says, "Don't startle us when we're sleeping.""Why not?""We might shoot you.""Oh."Just a taste of what life was like for young Alexandra "Bobo" Fuller.Living in a house with no electricity, Fuller recounted how she and her sister employed the "buddy system" to use the bathroom at night. One girl used the toilet while the other he [...]

    8. A well-written memoir that was fascinating if only because the author is exactly my age, born the year I was born, and lived a life so very different from my own. As she described each stage of her upbringing, I found myself thinking about what I had been doing at that same age and marveling that the two of us could possibly have occupied the same world at the same time. I envy her when I should probably not -- her life has clearly not been easy, but it has been rich with experiences. The other [...]

    9. As an avid reader, it often surprises people when they learn that I rarely re-read books. I know that a lot of people find great enjoyment from repeat readings, discovering new layers to the story and gaining a better understanding of the book. I look at it a bit differently. There are so many wonderful books out there and I'll never be able to read them all. Usually when I choose to re-read a book I feel like I'm wasting time that could be devoted to reading a new book. My reason for sharing th [...]

    10. 4.75What makesDon't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonightan outstanding memoir was Fuller's interesting choice to tell the story of growing up as an "expat-like-us" in Africa from a child's POV and the fact she did not tie herself to recounting her childhood in a linear manner. The latter was effective since Fuller doesn't get bogged down in the day-to-day mendacity that is life and she can focus on events and stories that give a full picture to growing up (white) in Africa. Her choice to use a child's P [...]

    11. “I am African by accident, not by birth. So while soul, heart, and the bent of my mind are African, my skin blaringly begs to differ and is resolutely white. And while I insist on my Africanness (if such a singular thing can exist on such a vast and varied continent), I am forced to acknowledge that almost half my life in Africa was realized in a bubble of Anglocentricity, as if black Africans had not culture worth noticing and as if they did not exist except as servants and (more dangerously) [...]

    12. A classic memoir that conjures up all the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of an Africa on the cusp of a colonial to postcolonial transition. Fuller’s family were struggling tobacco and cattle farmers in Rhodesia (what later became Zimbabwe), Malawi and 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. While giving a sense of the continent’s political shifts, she mostly focuses [...]

    13. An autobiography about growing up in colonial Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe). Two things made me curious about this book: it's from the perspective of the child of colonialists, and the events are fairly recent as it takes place in the 1970's-1990's.The voice is that of a relatively innocent young girl (as innocent as you can be in midst of war and dire economic circumstances) and she's allowed to tell her childhood as she saw it, good and bad.I've had fairly mixed feelings about this book: I w [...]

    14. I read this book (well, most of it, I admit, I didn't finish and didn't want to) while in training as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia, Africa. I found the writing to be disjointed and the colonial attitudes to be far to accurate. I might have liked it better before going to Africa, before seeing first-hand what various colonizing governments did to people, but maybe not. I might have liked it better if she told her memories in order, rather than jumping around so I had some clue as to where a [...]

    15. I read an article by a book reviewer a little while ago in which they talked about how sick they were of "growing up in fill-in-the-blank" books and wished people would be more original. I think that's incredibly misguided. Growing up isn't a cliche, it's just something that happens a lot that's important. So people are going to write about it, and good for them.They don't usually write about it this well though. This is one of those books that tops out on many different levels at the same time- [...]

    16. An insanely good read that I had on my bookshelf since I bought it 14 years ago. A memoir about an African childhood--a white girl of low-income farmers that are determined to eek out a living because they love Africa. In the late seventies, early eighties, through much upheaval in several countries. Enjoyed it so much I bought another copy for my niece, who will be traveling to Africa next summer on a fellowship to treat diseases. Really loved it.

    17. I enjoyed reading this book. It was the true story of a white girl growing up in Africa during the 70's and 80's. The description of Africa was very vivid and sensory. I could really feel what it was like. The book focused on her family and where they went and what they did. I especially liked the section about going to boarding school. The book however, wasn't so gripping for me that I couldn't put it down, like it was for others. I did also enjoy the ending and knowing were she ended up as an [...]

    18. Her writing is beautiful, descriptive. You can smell and taste Africa; sometimes you can even smell and taste blood and liquor. I would have never have dreamed of reading a book about Africa; the country just never appealed to me. But my friend, who is a teacher, and who lives part time in Africa teaching English at a school she had started, recommended it. It is a true story of a white girl growing up in Africa during the civil war, and it smacks of colonialism and racism, both of which I disli [...]

    19. Fuller's memoir has given me insight into the world of white colonialists in eastern Africa in a way that none of my previous reading has done. She has resisted the temptation to consciously discuss the racism that imbued every aspect of the world she grew up in. Instead, in writing the stories of her childhood and adolescence, she offers glimpses into that world, as she saw it herself at the time. How does a child respond to the death of babies, living in violent war zones, a manic depressive m [...]

    20. This is the second book I've read by fuller and I just love her writing style and the story she has to tell. Growing up in the 70's as ex-pats in a country still fighting for it's own independence. Where it's normal to live carrying guns and needing escorts just to go to the local village, in case you drive over landmines or get assaulted. And then to have to grow up in a family as unusual as alexandra's is just such a fascinating story. A mother who is heartbroken from a loss of a child, who dr [...]

    21. I am a white South African so in a way I could relate to Fuller. I am currently living in the Netherlands, so reading about the beauty of Africa truly made me feel homesick. I thought this book was going to be about Africa and how she came to see that the White people in Zimbabwe were in fact the 'bad guys' in the war but instead it was really about her family surviving in Africa. I DID enjoy some parts of the story, I thought her family were colourful and although it was a bit dark at times, hu [...]

    22. “I lie with my arms over the cat, awake and waiting. African dawn, noisy with animals and the servants and Dad waking up and a tractor coughing into life somewhere down at the workshop, clutters into the room.”Another in my 52 Books Around the World Challenge, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is exactly the kind of book I have been hoping for in my quest to immerse myself in another country. Ms. Fuller grew up in Africa, the opening lines of the book taking place in Rhodesia (now Zimba [...]

    23. There are many reviews that summarize this book, so I won’t repeat them. I found this book slightly anti-African. It left me feeling like; couldn't the British have left Africa alone and let them have their own country? It does not seem right for there to be a British Africa. Seems unnatural. I suppose American Indians may have felt the same way about the early colonists, as well. This was no Out of Africa. Now that was a great book and memoir. Different time period and location, of course. No [...]

    24. Deciding to read more memoirs again, I picked up Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (first read about 6 or 7 years ago). I enjoyed this book. Fuller’s memoir quickly draws the reader into her girlhood growing up in Africa with candor and humor. Fuller weaves her story back and forth between an intimate portrait of her family and the violence surrounding them. Violence is not just a backdrop; this violence, and the lack of political stability in the countries she grows [...]

    25. I selected this for my Africa 2016 reading project, but I had it listed under Zambia. Unfortunately for my project, it is almost entirely set in Zimbabwe, right when Rhodesia is at the end of the civil war, when the author was a child. Near the end the family spends some time in Malawi and Zambia, but I'll have to add this to the pile of books I've already read from Zimbabwe/Rhodesia. (We Need New Names is probably the one I would recommend the most set in that country; followed by The Boy Next [...]

    26. I read "Cocktail hour under the tree of Forgetfulness" first, and found this book too repetitive - although it was written first. I loved Cocktail hour more.However, I enjoyed Alexandra Fuller's candor, honesty, wit and great writing style as usual. I somehow had enough now for a while of all the hardship, tragedy, hurt, and everything else related to the wars in Africa and everywhere else. I have experienced much the same as Alexandra Fuller, being part of the revolutionary times, the same wars [...]

    27. Alexandra Fuller was just three when her parents moved from England to what was then Rhodesia. They bought a farm and stubbornly fought to eek out a living in an environment hostile in more ways than one. Fuller's prose is simple and compelling, addressing with equal clarity the tangible richness of growing up in the African landscape and the perpetual instability brought on by having hard-drinking, openly racist parents who were fighting on the losing side of Zimbabwe's war of independence. Her [...]

    28. Since I think I am the last of my group of friends to read this book, it hardly seems necessary to review. All I need to say is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I don't care for present-tense writing. Everything else? Perfect.

    29. Alexandra “Bobo” Fuller's Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight depicts her childhood experiences growing up white in Africa during the Rhodesian civil war. Her life is an amalgamation of what most people would consider unusual circumstances. Bobo, as Alexandra is called growing up, has one sister, her three other siblings die, two at childbirth, and another drowned in a pool. I found the book engaging and enjoyed reading it. While it was not a page turner that I couldn't put down, each time I [...]

    30. If anyone has ever read Isak Dinesen's famed memoir, Out of Africa and enjoyed it, they will surely like Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood. The story line of both memoirs have many parallel components, perhaps with the sole exception being the writing style. Alexandra Fuller's memoir is written in an almost rough, edgy and choppy manner with a halting abruptness to it. Even so, it does not diminish the quality of the work; rather, it enhances the depictions of the fiery or [...]

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