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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Read The World - Zambia - Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight

 Book: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Author: Alexandra Fuller

Pages: 311

Book takes place in the country: YES

Author is from the country: No but she lived there for a time

I have visited: NO

This is my 14th read for the year

Here is what Amazon said:
Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, Don't Let Go to the Dogs Tonight 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.

From 1972 to 1990, Alexandra Fuller - know to friends and family as Bobo - grew up on several farms in southern and central Africa.  Her father joined up on the side of the white government in the civil war, and was often away fighting against the powerful black guerilla factions.  Bobo's mother taught her to be resillient and instilled withint her a love of storytelling.  This book shows Fuller's endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate.  

This was a good book.  It has a humorous undertone, which is always welcome.  The author does a good job describing the scenese around her to give the reader a good picture of Zambia.  She shows us her life in a non-political, no excuses kind of way that is always refreshing.  Good read.

Stars: 4

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