Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Title: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Author: Alexandra Fuller
We read Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight for our book club, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a memoir of Alexandra Fuller’s growing up in an inhospitable South Africa during the end of Apartheid which turned her family’s life upside down. While living in a family dysfunctional, by our standards, but colorful and certainly not boring, Fuller experienced a life of wildness, with an alcoholic mother and a rogue father, terrorists hiding in the bush, and extreme environmental conditions. The setting was definitely a character in the story and as unfriendly as it was, Fuller loved Africa, and it was truly where she belonged. Her passion for HER Africa was what grabbed me.
–Sara at KDL’s Caledonia Township branch
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 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.