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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594202990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594202995
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2 x 24.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #338,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine K on Jan. 27 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a well written book! Kudos to the author. She has introduced me to her family and managed to arouse in me three emotions, anger , frustration and finally empathy.
Her characters are so vivid that at times i found myself arguing out loud with the parents or trying to soothe the daughters. It does go to prove how resilient children are in the most dire of circumstances as long as Mommy and Daddy love them. It was my second experience reading about life in Central Africa and very educational because it was so personal.
Read the sequel also 'Don't Let's go to the Dogs Tonight ' by Alexandra Fuller. Order the two of them together read 'Cocktail ' first( Mommy's point of view ) then Dogs
(Daughters' point of view).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nymanza on March 28 2012
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Fantastic, Loved every page, I had a similar life in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and could relate to all the happenings and incidents in the book.
A must read for all Africans
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Format: Paperback
I read somewhere that much of the same material is covered in a previous book. Since I didn't read it I can't judge.

For most of this book it feels as if Ms. Fuller jotted down some notes & anecdotes & then decided to write a book, but didn't take the trouble to organize the text into a focused manuscript.
The book is jumpy - that is - jumps from one thing to another & not in a smooth & cohesive way.

Her parents sound like perfectly stalwart, courageous people albeit a bit quirky. One thing for sure which I found endearing throughout is their unequivocal love for each other. We should all be so lucky to have parents like that. Her mother refers to the previous book as the `Awful Book' so perhaps this is to make amends. (?)

Unfortunately, I feel there could be some exaggerations involved here & even some events feel more `fiction' than fact...but then, who am I to say? I was not there. I did feel I learned some things about Africa that I did not know before & for that I'm glad I read the book. Part 3 really was the best part of all.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quester on Jan. 2 2012
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A must read for anyone who ever lived in Africa. Compassionate, funny, sad and so well written. Ms. Fuller at her best.
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Format: Paperback
Amazing! Incredible read!!
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