Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

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It has been criticised by some for not being apologist for the often racist attitudes of Bobo's parents and those of other whites who drift in and out of the account. 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. Weekend holidays on the shores of Lake Malawi running wild with expats-like-us while burning to a crisp. Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book award, a story of civil war and a family's unbreakable bond. 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.

The politics and the everyday struggle to make a living from the land are mixed with family tragedy; a sister drowned, a brother dead from meningitis and another stillborn. Here the land is “softly voluptuously fertile and sweet smelling of khaki weed, and old cow manure and thin dust and msasa leaves”. They have free reign among scorpions, snakes, leopards, and baboons and they live in the middle of the Rhodesian war. These are difficult things to say – get the tone wrong and you will offend almost everyone – but Fuller’s gaze is equally astonishing when she directs it at the bodies of the white people around her.

Here it is so hot that “the flamboyant tree outside cracks to itself, as if already anticipating how it will feel to be on fire”. In the Burma Valley, the cool night air sinks and the rising air contains, in a layer, the tapped scents of midday.

I suppose I enjoyed this book; I liked Fuller's honest, nostalgia-free style of writing and found her descriptions of her childhood Africa highly evocative.I think I struggled with so many short chapters skipping around in time without a reason or frame, and as a result, I felt anchor-less. The author tells her story in a very straightforward manner - although there is sadness there is a lot of fun too. The author's description of her mother is very touching - the drinking, the swings in temperament - but there is never any criticism. Fuller weaves her story back and forth between an intimate portrait of her family and the violence surrounding them. The Legend of Colton H Bryant was published in May, 2008 by Penguin Press and was a Toronto Globe and Mail, Best Non-Fiction Book of 2008.



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