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New Meetup: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

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Announcing a new Meetup for a ne{o}lit book club!

What: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

When: February 9, 2009 7:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Due to some scheduling confusion, the meeting day was chosen based on availability at Market Avenue, so that's why we're switching up even further and going with a Monday!

For the first of our two-meetings-this-month, the book selected is:

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

Personally highly recommended! Not that I've lived in Africa. Or through a civil war.

Tiny synopsis below expertly borrowed from Amazon:

"A classic is born in this tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey through a white African girl's childhood. Born in England and now living in Wyoming, Fuller was conceived and bred on African soil during the Rhodesian civil war (1971-1979), a world where children over five "learn how to load an FN rifle magazine, strip and clean all the guns in the house, and ultimately, shoot-to-kill." Curfews and war, mosquitoes, land mines, ambushes and "an abundance of leopards" are the stuff of this childhood. "Dad has to go out into the bush... and find terrorists and fight them"; Mum saves the family from an Egyptian spitting cobra; they both fight "to keep one country in Africa white-run." The "A" schools ("with the best teachers and facilities") are for white children; "B" schools serve "children who are neither black nor white"; and "C" schools are for black children. Fuller's world is marked by sudden, drastic changes: the farm is taken away for "land redistribution"; one term at school, five white students are "left in the boarding house... among two hundred African students"; three of her four siblings die in infancy; the family constantly sets up house in hostile, desolate environments as they move from Rhodesia to Zambia to Malawi and back to Zambia."

Whoa, right?! Let's get ready for some heavy post-colonial literary discussion.

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