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Cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness, Alexandra Fuller

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Cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness
Title
Cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness
Statement of responsibility
Alexandra Fuller
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
In this sequel to Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, the author returns to Africa and the story of her unforgettable family. In this book she braids a multilayered narrative around the perfectly lit, Happy Valley era Africa of her mother's childhood; the boiled cabbage grimness of her father's English childhood; and the darker, civil war torn Africa of her own childhood. At its heart, this is the story of Fuller's mother, Nicola. Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, Nicola holds dear the kinds of values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa: loyalty to blood, passion for land, and a holy belief in the restorative power of all animals. The author interviewed her mother at length and has captured her inimitable voice with remarkable precision. We see Nicola and Tim Fuller in their lavender colored honeymoon period, when east Africa lies before them with all the promise of its liquid equatorial light, even as the British empire in which they both believe wanes. But in short order, an accumulation of mishaps and tragedies bump up against history until the couple finds themselves in a world they hardly recognize. We follow the Fullers as they hopscotch the continent, running from war and unspeakable heartbreak, from Kenya to Rhodesia to Zambia, even returning to England briefly. But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken entirely by Africa, it is the African earth itself that revives her. A story of survival and madness, love and war, loyalty and forgiveness, this book is an intimate exploration of the author's family. In the end we find Nicola and Tim at a coffee table under their Tree of Forgetfulness on the banana and fish farm where they plan to spend their final days. In local custom, the Tree of Forgetfulness is where villagers meet to resolve disputes and it is here that the Fullers at last find an African kind of peace. -- From publisher
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Title
Cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness
Creator
Summary
Traces the stories of the author's parents' respective childhoods in Kenya and England, recounts her own upbringing in Africa, and offers insight into the impact of their beliefs and the waning of the British empire on her parents' marriage
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Genre
Tone
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book 2011
Biography type
individual biography
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394946
Cataloging source
FN4
Dewey number
968.91/04092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
DT2984.F85
LC item number
F85 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Target audience
adult
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Alexandra Fuller
Cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness, Alexandra Fuller
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Cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness, Alexandra Fuller
Publication
Note
  • Originally published: New York : Penguin Press, 2011
  • "Unabridged."--T.p. verso
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Dimensions
23 cm.
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Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
361 p. (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781445859217
Isbn Type
(U.K. softcover)
Lccn
2011015415
Note
cat49
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • ocn717295286
  • (OCoLC)717295286

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