Sunday, January 27, 2008

Book Review: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

I just finished reading the book Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood . And while it was good, it just didn't do it for me. I am not sure why. The book recalls the childhood of a young British girl being raised all over Africa. It was kind of like a bunch of short stories from her childhood without a lot of continuity. Some of the stories were really interesting, but the book left me with more questions. Like why were they in Africa in the first place? The lived kind of this nomadic existence...why did they do that? I wanted to really like it, but I just didn't. It wasn't bad - and like I said, parts were really interesting, but I was hoping for something more.

I am now reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugneides. It won the Pulitzer Prize. I am really liking it.

I guess the writer's strike is good for something - I am actually reading books!

3 comments:

Laura said...

Have you read anyting by Bryce Courtenay? He is one of my favorite writers of all time - The Power of One will certainly move you...it is a wonderful story of growing up in Africa.

I look forward to your next review!

Thanks for sharing?

Lil Mouse said...

i agree its easier to read since the writers are sucking it up still... umm.. how is the middlesex. let me know, its on my list to get from the library. i'm branching out from mysteries and romances-- i've gotten some oldies as well, but let me know what you think of this book. I will suggest 'Road from Coorain' by Jill Ker Conway. she is/was the president of a women's college in the US, but grew up in Aust. and that sounds similar to the book you just read.

Justice Jones said...

Middlesex is a great book! I read it last summer, I couldn't put it down.