Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Version: Unabridged
Author: Alexandra Fuller
Narrator: Lisette Lecat
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: April 2004
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 15 minutes
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Overview

Critics applaud this unflinching memoir of a child growing up during the 1970s Rhodesian Civil War. Keenly and evocatively written, it is the remarkable story of a family clinging to a harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism. The daughter of hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional, English-bred immigrants, white Alexandra arrives in black Africa at the tender age of two. Shaped by the uncompromising surroundings, she learns to move through life with a hardy resilience. As Rhodesia slowly becomes Zimbabwe, Alexandra survives harrowing family tragedies, including the deaths of siblings, and outbursts of bloody revolution. Sometimes humorous, sometimes painful, always emotional, this idiosyncratic story is propelled by the sheer, raw humanity it describes.

Reviews (5)

Fascinating account of life in Africa

Written by r.spring on July 8th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Once you get past the beginning of this book, which I found sort of off-putting, it becomes fascinating. The author blends personal and world history perfectly, telling the story of her white family's life in black Africa, focusing on the '60s and '70s. The family is quirky and brave, and a little bit crazy. As they move across Africa from one farm to another, we are given a close-up view of their life in a world that was in upheaval. Don't miss this story!

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Written by Anonymous on August 10th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

As other reviews have mentioned, the narration was wonderful. I found the story to be interesting, a look into a completely different way of life. The perspective of a child / young adult makes the writing style a bit different but I found it enjoyable.

don't lets go to the dogs tonight

Written by Anonymous from Salt Lake City, UT on August 24th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love this reader. Her voice is distinctive, soothing, refined.

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Written by Pilar from Mill Valley, CA on June 25th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Alexandra Fuller had a strange upbringing in Africa but somehow she came out of it as a skilled writer who was able to unravel the experiences of her childhood into a fascinating, compelling book. She doesn't shrink from revealing the conflict between the revolutionary Zimbabweans and the white farmers like her father, and many of their experiences predicted the tragedy that is Zimbabwe today. Mostly, however, this is a poignant coming of age story of a girl who survived some harrowing and heartbreaking experiences.

not as good as I'd heard it was

Written by KD on April 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

With the rave reviews this book received, I expected better writing. But I never could get into the writing style and often found my mind wandering. I never made it past the first disc. I do think, however, that the narrator was excellent.

Author Details

Author Details

Fuller, Alexandra

Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969 and in 1972 she moved with her family to a farm in Rhodesia. After that countryas civil war in 1981, the Fullers moved first to Malawi, then to Zambia. Fuller received a B.A. from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her first book, "Donat Letas Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood," was a national bestseller, a "New York Times" Notable Book of 2002, and a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award. Her second book, "Scribbling the Cat," was voted one of the top ten Best Nonfiction of 2004 by the "Detroit Free Press," and one of the mos