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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

"Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight" should be a "don't miss" read for anyone looking for an autobiography in which you can totally immerse yourself.

My husband and I actually read this book together. We would get ourselves a cup of coffee and head out to our deck every morning during the summer with this delightful book in hand. We were so engaged with "Bobo" and her entire family that we couldn't wait to get star...
My husband and I actually read this book together. We would get ourselves a cup of coffee and head out to our deck every morning during the summer with this delightful book in hand. We were so engaged with "Bobo" and her entire family that we couldn't wait to get started each day. When we finished the book, we were actually saddened that we wouldn't have another day in which to share this wonderful read.
We laughed till we cried as Alexandra Fuller told her delightful stories about her mother, her father, sister, and the others who lived with and helped this fascinating family. We also cried when tragedy struck. We felt as though we knew these people and shared in their sorrows as they faced them throughout their lives. We truly loved this book and just wanted it to go on and on. Thank you, Alexandra Fuller, for giving us such a fond memory. My only regret is that there isn't a sequel. It's been a long time since I read a book that I enjoyed this much.

posted by n2nis on March 13, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing & Hard To Follow

There was a lot of good hype for this book, but I just didn't get it. What could have been an interesting story was hard to follow. I'm still trying to figure this book out, even after our book club discussed it.

posted by Anonymous on September 21, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    Should read

    Good plot to many Area names Loved the story.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    An average memoir

    This memoir has flashes of some very good writing. Fuller hints at some solid figurative language and a capable sense of imagery. Like many memoirs, though, this one begins the drag of repetition. Life is a bit mundane even when lived in several African countries. The obvious sense of racism and European superiority that Fuller is raised with does make for interesting conversation. The harshness of the land and the political instability are intriguing - but the lifestyle is not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    history, but not too much

    I usually don't read non-fiction but my husband and father in law liked it so I tried it and enjoyed it also. It did take a while to get into it. I liked the background story of Africa and all the descriptions of the places they lived. Being told by a child was very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    Wouldn't read it again

    I liked the book, but it wasn't that amazing to me. I read the whole thing, but I wouldn't read it again and I wouldn't really recommend it. What attracted me to the book in the first place was to read about someone who has had a very different life than my own. She did, but I don't know if it was more exciting.

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