Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 2:44PM
I've read the book Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller (Author) cover to cover whilst savoring ever word three times now. It's one of my treasured books, and I'm an author and have a large library too, for what it's worth. It's brilliant and true, I know I have experienced so much of what Bobo so vividly portrays: the truth about Africa. Those who focus on the alcohol, the brutal humor and war, miss the true story here. That these people really are exceptional and normal too. What sets them apart is their ability to create, and recreate their lives in a harsh climate and in military regimes that Africa suffers under. Its a story of courage, dignity and human spirit, and I wish all the those haven't-lived- a-life- kind-of people would just go away and comment on some other book. I've just had knee surgery and confined to bed as I am, have now read it for the forth time. You should read it and don't jump to any conclusions about colonial lifestyles. Bobo has told her life in candid vivid detail, it's breathtaking, and unless you have the capacity to understand the empathy which she shows to her Africa laboring as it is under military regimes, you should rather read one of the many political commentaries about Africa. Normally written by non-Africans which cast great sweeping opinions over everything. This book doesn't, it's life, real life told from a real persons perspective. I highly recommend you read it and once again I salute Bobo's brillant writing. Amazon veers between good reviews and other people who shouldn't be allowed to review anything, least of all a book. But they do and what they give to me, is a mixture of dismay at their ignorance and also a kind of simmering comfort that even great writers have to struggle to be read by intelligent people with the capacity for understanding. Name a brillant author, and I'll tell you how they struggled to be published, had to often finance their own books, and got crappy reviews from crappy people. What has changed? Read this book and add your good review to the many there already are on Amazon. com Then send virulent vile thoughts to those with too much voice and no understanding. 179 Reviews 5 star: 59% (106) 4 star: 22% (40) 3 star: 6% (12) 2 star: 2% (5) 1 star: 8% (16) See all 179 customer reviews... 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (179 customer reviews) Print List Price $14.95 Care to comment? do so below.