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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Alexandra Fuller [Order here]

Rhodesia, 1976
Mum 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.”
“By mistake.”
“Okay.” As it is, there seems a good enough chance of getting shot on purpose. “Okay, I won’t.”

… and so the book begins. You become hooked immediately.

“What sort of mother says this to her child?” I wondered.

I soon found out as I became immersed in a life that was way beyond my reality. The story is told in a very engaging way. It reflects a different style of writing. It is not formal and long winded. It doesn’t go into painstacking detail. The writing style is short and sharp and very powerful at communicating the author’s message. At times I almost felt like I was having a conversation with Alexandra herself. She is brutally honest in her portrayal of her childhood. At the same time there is love and a unique sensitivty which pervades the story.

This book was recommended to participants at the Memoir Writing Workshop facilitated by Trevor Romain that I attended.

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