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[Alexandra Fuller] ä Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier [nsfw PDF] Ebook Epub Download ä I wasn t sure what to expect when I picked this book up, but was looking for a change of pace Unlike most of the readers here, I haven t actually read the other book of hers It was simply something different.
So the book starts off rather charming People wandering around Africa Zambia, I suppose and just describing the absurdity of the condition Describing the landscape and the people I enjoyed that A refreshing change.
As it continues, we actually begin to notice what aren t really flaws in the Author s character so much as, well, as the reviewer put it, craters You start to see that both the people K and the Author are fairly scarred and unhappy people.
This goes on, and the unhappiness really increases substantially I found the book to have gone from charming and lighthearted to depressing and rather bleak This, perhaps intentionally, seems to coincide with the landscape We start off in Zambia at the downright comical parents fish farm, and continue to a somewhat bleaker K s home, and then back to the States, thoroughly unhappy and indeed missing everything in Africa, and then it gets really unpleasant lost in the African outback, being chased by a pet Lion , and so on.
So while it might be hard to finish, as the change is so drastic although mercifully slow , like other art, it is sometimes painful, and we as readers are compelled to do so.
As another reviewer mentioned, there just isn t a hollywood ending It ends There isn t anything tied up or completed, the threads of the book remain, sadly, frayed That, however, I suppose, is the Author s point.
I d been trying to decide between 3 and 4 stars for the book, and erred on the side of 4 I d probably read it again, but I d make sure to do it at a time when I wasn t looking for anything pleasant or uplifting.
Memoirist Fuller Don T Let S Go To The Dogs Tonight Describes This Book, About Her Friendship With A Rhodesian War Veteran, As A Slither Of A Slither Of A Much Greater Story This Disclaimer Doesn T Excuse The Book S Thinness, As It Traces Fuller S Journey With The White Ex Soldier, K, From His Farm In Zambia Through Zimbabwe And Into Mozambique, To The Battlefields Of Than Two Decades Ago Fuller Evokes Place And Character With The Vivid Prose That Distinguished Her Unflinching Memoir Of Growing Up In Africa, But Here She Handles Subject Matter That Warrants Than Artful Word Painting And Soul Searching Writing About Warits Scarred Participants, Victims And TerritoryFuller Skimps On The History And Politics That Have Shaped Her And Her Subjects Her Personal Enmeshment With K Is The Story S Core She S Enad Of His Physical Beauty And Power, And Transfixed By His Contradictions K S Capacity For Both Violence And Emotional Vulnerability, His Anger And Generosity, The Blood On His Hands And The Faith He Relies On He S A Born Again Christian To Cope With His Demons Fuller Becomes K S Confessor, And The Journey Turns Into A Kind Of Penance For Her Complicity, As A White Girl In The S, In A War Of White Supremacy When K Recounts How He Tortured An African Girl, Fuller Swallows Nausea And Thinks, I Am Every Bit That Woman S Murderer Fuller And K Embark On Their Road Trip Ostensibly For The Shell Shocked Man To Get Beyond His Spooks And For Fuller To Write About It, But This Motivation Makes For A Rather Static Journey Photos Copyright Reed Business Information, A Division Of Reed Elsevier Inc All Rights ReservedStarred Review Fuller, Whose Powerful Memoir Don T Let S Go To The Dogs Tonight Told The Story Of Her Family S Life Before And During The Rhodesian Civil War, Returned To Africa To Follow A Soldier In That War And Relive The Past On A Trip To The Sole Valley In Zambia, Where Her Parents Now Live, Fuller Met K, A White Farmer Who Fought In The Rhodesian War Lonely, Tormented K Is Drawn To Fuller, And In Turn Fuller Is Interested In The Story Of His Life And How The War Shaped Him Her Fascination With Him Leads Her To Ask Him To Travel To Mozambique To Revisit The Places He Fought In His Fascination With Her Leads Him To Say Yes And So Begins Their Journey, Where K S Demons Are Indeed Uncovered And Fuller Learns About Him And His Past Than She Bargained For You Can T Rewind War, Fuller Writes, It Spools On, And On And The Stories Contract Until Only The Nuggets Of Hatred Remain And No One Can Even Remember, Or Imagine, Why The War Was Organized In The First Place Fuller S Unflinching Look At K, War, And Even Herself Makes For An Extremely Powerful Book, One That Takes Readers Into A Complex, Deep Seated, And Ongoing Conflict And Sees Through To Its Heart Fuller Is A Truly Gifted And Insightful Writer Kristine Huntley Copyright American Library Association All Rights ReservedMemoirist Fuller Don T Let S Go To The Dogs Tonight Describes This Book, About Her Friendship With A Rhodesian War Veteran, As A Slither Of A Slither Of A Much Greater Story This Disclaimer Doesn T Excuse The Book S Thinness, As It Traces Fuller S Journey With The White Ex Soldier, K, From His Farm In Zambia Through Zimbabwe And Into Mozambique, To The Battlefields Of Than Two Decades Ago Fuller Evokes Place And Character With The Vivid Prose That Distinguished Her Unflinching Memoir Of Growing Up In Africa, But Here She Handles Subject Matter That Warrants Than Artful Word Painting And Soul Searching Writing About Warits Scarred Participants, Victims And TerritoryFuller Skimps On The History And Politics That Have Shaped Her And Her Subjects Her Personal Enmeshment With K Is The Story S Core She S Enad Of His Physical Beauty And Power, And Transfixed By His Contradictions K S Capacity For Both Violence And Emotional Vulnerability, His Anger And Generosity, The Blood On His Hands And The Faith He Relies On He S A Born Again Christian To Cope With His Demons Fuller Becomes K S Confessor, And The Journey Turns Into A Kind Of Penance For Her Complicity, As A White Girl In The S, In A War Of White Supremacy When K Recounts How He Tortured An African Girl, Fuller Swallows Nausea And Thinks, I Am Every Bit That Woman S Murderer Fuller And K Embark On Their Road Trip Ostensibly For The Shell Shocked Man To Get Beyond His Spooks And For Fuller To Write About It, But This Motivation Makes For A Rather Static Journey Photos Copyright Reed Business Information, A Division Of Reed Elsevier Inc All Rights ReservedStarred Review Fuller, Whose Powerful Memoir Don T Let S Go To The Dogs Tonight Told The Story Of Her Family S Life Before And During The Rhodesian Civil War, Returned To Africa To Follow A Soldier In That War And Relive The Past On A Trip To The Sole Valley In Zambia, Where Her Parents Now Live, Fuller Met K, A White Farmer Who Fought In The Rhodesian War Lonely, Tormented K Is Drawn To Fuller, And In Turn Fuller Is Interested In The Story Of His Life And How The War Shaped Him Her Fascination With Him Leads Her To Ask Him To Travel To Mozambique To Revisit The Places He Fought In His Fascination With Her Leads Him To Say Yes And So Begins Their Journey, Where K S Demons Are Indeed Uncovered And Fuller Learns About Him And His Past Than She Bargained For You Can T Rewind War, Fuller Writes, It Spools On, And On And The Stories Contract Until Only The Nuggets Of Hatred Remain And No One Can Even Remember, Or Imagine, Why The War Was Organized In The First Place Fuller S Unflinching Look At K, War, And Even Herself Makes For An Extremely Powerful Book, One That Takes Readers Into A Complex, Deep Seated, And Ongoing Conflict And Sees Through To Its Heart Fuller Is A Truly Gifted And Insightful Writer Kristine Huntley Copyright American Library Association All Rights Reserved Sure I will love it I have read all of Alexandra Fullers books and enjoyed them I am saving it for my trip to Zambia in June.
What is most striking about a book that contains multitudes of gob smacking passages is Alexandra Bobo Fullers excruciating honesty At every turn in this story of her return to Zimbabwe there is an opportunity for an easier and palatable course Bo s hard drinking hellfire willed and most definitely bigoted mother is shown in all of her grace and courage, rather than an easy stereotype of colonialism, which is an almost impossible balance to achieve with one s own parent Ultimately Bo s decision to enter her own Heart of Darkness with K.
, a brutal, broken and heartbreaking former soldier of the wars for Independance makes sense if there was no other way to heal the damage and accept the beauty that being from Africa has left her with The conditions of their travel hellish heat, corrupt officials and the Furies that lurk at every watering hole and dune and K s sudden outbursts, both intensely savage and tender by turns would make a woman less dedicated to finding the truth at whatever costs catch the first plane out of Africa For an understanding of what war, any war, actually costs this book is unparalleled I heard the author speak here in Wyoming recently and I can t stop thinking about what she said about her attempt to heal herself, to make whole what had been broken in herself and in K She said that what they had done instead was to wrench those wounds open and dig their hands deep inside, gripping the most sensitive, raw depths of each others shame and hurt By laying open these wounds and exposing their flaws without flinching or turning away they were both given a greater gift I shrink to say that the result was acceptance or something easy There isn t anything easy about this book but it is searingly honest and it also bears mentioning really funny in a sort of death may come soon why not crack a joke here, what have I got to lose way.
I don t know what to say rather, I have too much to say I didn t grow up in a godforsaken war zone as Fuller did in Africa but I was neck deep and in the colonial environment of Panama This book cut me to the quick Even without my background, however, the book is a special compilation of pages that very much need to be read It s an unusual and amazing book a reminder of how humanity stretches and can be brought to the edge of redemption before it knows it s not quite human any This book will be on my end of year Best books list, no question Even though I still am flumoxed by its contents Which, I think was the writer s point In which case, she done just fine.


Essential reading I enjoyed this book very much For me it told an unwritten side of the Rhodesian Bush Wars What happens to these soldiers after the war when they come home