An unforgettable book, leaving before the Rains Come is a story of sorrow grounded in the tragic grandeur and rueful joy only to be found in Fuller’s Africa. Fuller soon realizes what is missing from her life is something that was always there: the brash and uncompromising ways of her father, the man who warned his daughter that "the problem with most people is that they want to be alive for as long as possible without having any idea whatsoever how to live.
Fuller’s father—"tim fuller of no fixed abode" as he first introduced himself to his future wife—was a man who regretted nothing and wanted less, even after fighting harder and losing more than most men could bear. Leaving before the rains come showcases Fuller at the peak of her abilities, threading panoramic vistas with her deepest revelations as a fully grown woman and mother.
Leaving Before the Rains Come #ad - But the disintegration of Fuller’s own marriage leaves her shattered. A breathtaking achievement, leaving before the Rains Come is a memoir of such grace and intelligence, filled with such wit and courage, that it could only have been written by Alexandra Fuller. Leaving before the rains come begins with the dreadful first years of the American financial crisis when Fuller’s delicate balance—between American pragmatism and African fatalism, the linchpin of her unorthodox marriage—irrevocably fails.
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of ForgetfulnessPenguin Books #ad - We follow tim and nicola Fuller hopscotching the continent, restlessly trying to establish a home. Cocktail hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness is Fuller at her very best. Alexandra fuller is the author of several memoirs: Travel Light, Move Fast, Leaving Before the Rains Come, and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight.
. But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken by the continent she loves, it is the African earth that revives and nurtures her. A story of survival and war, and of the price of being possessed by africa’s uncompromising, loyalty and forgiveness, whom readers first met in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, love and madness, fertile, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness is an intimate exploration of Fuller’s parents, death-dealing land.
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness #ad - War, hardship, her land, and tragedy follow the family even as Nicola fights to hold on to her children, her sanity.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African ChildhoodRandom House #ad - Full of humor and compassion. O: the oprah magazine “The incredible story of an incredible childhood. The providence Journal. Hair-raising, horrific, and thrilling. The new yorker though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is suffused with Fuller’s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate.
Her father joined up on the side of the white government in the Rhodesian civil war, and was often away fighting against the powerful black guerilla factions. Fuller’s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. Though she loved her children, she was no hand-holder and had little tolerance for neediness.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood #ad - Her mother, in turn, flung herself at their African life and its rugged farm work with the same passion and maniacal energy she brought to everything else. And she instilled in bobo, particularly, a love of reading and of storytelling that proved to be her salvation. She nurtured her daughters in other ways: she taught them, to have strong wills and strong opinions, and to embrace life wholeheartedly, by example, to be resilient and self-sufficient, despite and because of difficult circumstances.
. But don’t let’s go to the Dogs Tonight is more than a survivor’s story.
Travel Light, Move FastPenguin Press #ad - Writing with reverent irreverence of the rollicking grand misadventures of her mother and father, bursting with pandemonium and tragedy, Fuller takes their insatiable appetite for life to heart. Nothing comes to mind, quite honestly, ” he said, Bobo, with some surprise. It’s just what it is, right under your nose.
Here, is a story of joy, and vitality, resilience, in Fuller’s Africa, from one of our finest writers. Well, there you have it, ” Dad said. After her father’s sudden death, alexandra Fuller realizes that if she is going to weather his loss, she will need to become the parts of him she misses most. From bestselling author alexandra fuller, tim fuller, and a deeply felt tribute to a life well livedSix months before he died in Budapest, Tim Fuller turned to his daughter: “Let me tell you the secret to life right now, the utterly original story of her father, in case I suddenly give up the ghost.
Then he lit his pipe and stroked his dog Harry’s head. A man who preferred chaos to predictability, he taught his daughters to live as if everything needed to happen all together, and who was more afraid of becoming bored than of getting lost, to revel in promise rather than wallow in regret, all at once—or not at all.
Travel Light, Move Fast #ad - A master of time and memory, as she and her mother return to his farm with his ashes and contend with his overwhelming absence, Fuller moves seamlessly between the days and months following her father’s death, and her childhood spent running after him in southern and central Africa. Now that i think about it, maybe there isn’t a secret to life.
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Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African SoldierPenguin Books #ad - With the same fiercely beautiful prose that won her acclaim for Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Fuller here recounts her friendship with K. K is, seemingly, battle scarred, he is a lion of a man, a man of contradictions: tattooed, and weathered by farm work, feral and bulletproof. For his war, jungle battles, marked by racial strife, like all the veterans of the war, and the murdering of innocent civilians—and K, like all wars, was a brutal one, unimaginable tortures, has blood on his hands.
Driven by k's memories, fuller and k decide to enter the heart of darkness in the most literal way—by traveling from Zambia through Zimbabwe formerly Rhodesia and Mozambique to visit the scenes of the war and to meet other veterans. It is a strange journey into the past, one marked at once by somber reflections and odd humor and featuring characters such as Mapenga, a fellow veteran who lives with his pet lion on a little island in the middle of a lake and is known to cope with his personal demons by refusing to speak for days on end.
Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier #ad - What results from fuller's journey is a remarkably unbiased and unsentimental glimpse of men who have killed, mutilated, tortured, and scrambled to survive during wartime and who now must attempt to live with their past and live past their sins. Yet he is also a born-again christian, given to weeping when he recollects his failed romantic life, and more than anything else welling up inside with memories of battle.
When alexandra "bo" fuller was home in zambia a few years ago, visiting her parents for Christmas, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known for being a "tough bugger. Her father's response was a warning to steer clear of him; he told Bo: "Curiosity scribbled the cat. Nonetheless, fuller began her strange friendship with the man she calls K, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war.
Quiet Until the Thaw: A NovelPenguin Books #ad - The debut novel from the bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Leaving Before the Rains Come. Awe inspiring. An ardent, original, and beautifully wrought book. The new york times book ReviewLakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota. Two native american cousins, rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, are pitted against each other as their tribe is torn apart by infighting.
When he returns, after three decades behind bars, he disrupts the fragile peace and threatens the lives of the entire reservation. A complex tale that spans generations and geography, most of all, and, how we are bound not just to immediate family but to all who have come before and will come after us, to the notion that everything was always, with the implications of an oppressed history, Quiet Until the Thaw conjures, and is always, connected.
Quiet Until the Thaw: A Novel #ad - Rick chooses the path of peace and stays; You Choose, violent and unpredictable, strikes out on his own.
The Legend of Colton H. BryantPenguin Books #ad - After surviving a sometimes cruel adolescence with his own brand of optimistic goofiness, Colton goes to work on an oil rig-and there the biggest heart in the world can't save him from the new, unkind greed that has possessed his beloved Wyoming during the latest boom. Colton's story could not be told without telling of the land that grew him, where the great high plains meet the Rocky Mountains to create a vista of lonely beauty.
Bryant, a soulful boy with a mustang-taming heart who comes of age in the oil fields and open plains of Wyoming. A heartrending story of the human spirit from the author of the bestselling Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight Alexandra Fuller returns with the unforgettable true story of Colton H. It is here that the existence of one boy is a true story as deeply moving as the life that inspired it.
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of AfricaBack Bay Books #ad - On these frequent visits to check on his elderly parents, he bore witness to Zimbabwe's dramatic spiral downwards into the jaws of violent chaos, presided over by an increasingly enraged dictator. After his father's heart attack in 1984, peter Godwin began a series of pilgrimages back to Zimbabwe, the land of his birth, from Manhattan, where he now lives.
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa #ad - And yet long after their comfortable lifestyle had been shattered and millions were fleeing, his parents refuse to leave, steadfast in their allegiance to the failed state that has been their adopted home for 50 years. Then godwin discovered a shocking family secret that helped explain their loyalty. But it is also a vivid portrait of the profound strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.
. Africa was his father's sanctuary from another identity, another world. When a crocodile eats the sun is a stirring memoir of the disintegration of a family set against the collapse of a country.
Mukiwa: A White Boy in AfricaGrove Press #ad - With each transition godwin's voice develops, from that of a boy to a young man to an adult returning to his homeland. Mukiwa opens with peter godwin, six years old, describing the murder of his neighbor by African guerillas, in 1964, pre-war Rhodesia. Godwin's parents are liberal whites, his mother a governement-employed doctor, his father an engineer.
This tale of the savage struggle between blacks and whites as the British Colonial period comes to an end is set against the vividly painted background of the myserious world of South Africa. Through his innocent, young eyes, the story of the beginning of the end of white rule in Africa unfolds. The memoir follows godwin's personal journey from the eve of war in Rhodesia to his experience fighting in the civil war that he detests to his adventures as a journalist in the new state of Zimbabwe, covering the bloody return to Black rule.
The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of ZimbabweLittle, Brown and Company #ad - Godwin arrived as robert Mugabe, the country's dictator for 30 years, has finally lost an election. Journalist Peter Godwin has covered wars. Instead of conceding power, Mugabe launched a brutal campaign of terror against his own citizens. It is also the deeply personal and ultimately uplifting story of a man trying to make sense of the country he can't recognize as home.
With foreign correspondents banned, and he himself there illegally, Godwin was one of the few observers to bear witness to this period the locals call The Fear. As a soldier, he's fought them. He saw torture bases and the burning villages but was most awed as an observer of not only simple acts of kindness but also churchmen and diplomats putting their own lives on the line to try to stop the carnage.
The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe #ad - The fear is a book about the astonishing courage and resilience of a people, armed with nothing but a desire to be free, who challenged a violent dictatorship. Mugabe's tenure has left Zimbabwe with the world's highest rate of inflation and the shortest life span. But nothing prepared him for the surreal mix of desperation and hope he encountered when he returned to Zimbabwe, his broken homeland.
Happy Valley: The Story of the English in KenyaThistle Publishing #ad - Quite hilariously funny!'"melbourne herald"anyone with experience of kenya, whose exploits inspired king solomon’s Mines, to the decadent Happy Valley set of the 1930s, will enjoy reading Happy Valley"Country LifeThe definitive story of the British in Kenya, resident or tourist, the murder of Lord Erroll, from the explorer Joseph Thomson, past or present, and the Mau Mau revolt of the 1950s.
Nicholas best tells an immensely entertaining tale"Max Hastings, amusing and, gossipy"Nigel Dempster, Evening Standard"Erudite, even, Punch"First class.