Scribbling the Cat
Travels with an African Soldier
By (author) Alexandra Fuller
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Scribbling the Cat by Alexandra Fuller
Book DescriptionWhen 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. 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, a man of contradictions: tattooed, battle scarred, and weathered by farm work, he is a lion of a man, feral and bulletproof. 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. For his war, like all wars, was a brutal one, marked by racial strife, jungle battles, unimaginable tortures, and the murdering of innocent civilians and K, like all the veterans of the war, 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. 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. In these men, too, we get a glimpse of life in Africa, a land that besets its creatures with pests, plagues, and natural disasters, making the people there at once more hardened and more vulnerable than elsewhere.Scribbling the Cat is an engrossing and haunting look at war, Africa, and the lines of sanity."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780143035015
Paperback / softback
(211mm x 117mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 26-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alexandra Fuller
Leaving Before the Rains Come, Paperback (February 2016)
In her twenties the author embarked on a new journey, into a long, tempestuous marriage to Charlie Ross, the love of her life. In this memoir, she charts their twenty years together, from the brutal beauty of the Zambezi to the mountains of Wyoming - the new adventures, the unexplored paths, the insurmountable obstacles... and more.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Paperback (January 2015)
With an introduction by Anne Enright.
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Paperback (May 2012)
Here, in one book, is the sequel and the prequel to the hugely successful Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Legend of Colton H Bryant, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Alexandra Fuller
From the author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, the unforgettable true story of a boy who comes of age in the oilfields and plains of Wyoming
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Author Biography - Alexandra Fuller
Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969 and in 1972 she moved with her family to a farm in Rhodesia. After that country s civil war in 1981, the Fullers moved first to Malawi, then to Zambia. Fuller received a B.A. from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is the author of "Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood," a national bestseller, a "New York Times " Notable Book of 2002, and a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, and "Scribbling the Cat," winner of the 2005 Ulysses Award for Art of Reportage. Fuller lives in Wyoming with her husband and children."
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