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Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier by  Alexandra Fuller - Paperback - 1st ed. thus - 2005 - from Auldfarran Books, IOBA (SKU: 25166)

Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier

Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier by  Alexandra Fuller - Paperback - 1st ed. thus - 2005 - from Auldfarran Books, IOBA (SKU: 25166)

Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier

by Fuller, Alexandra

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256pp. paperback 8vo: near Very Good [is uniformly age browned in the usual Penguin manner; else a nice clean, complete & tight copy] Southern African travel and memoir.

Synopsis

When 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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Bookseller
Auldfarran Books, IOBA US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
25166
Title
Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier
Author
Fuller, Alexandra
Format/binding
Paperback
Book condition
Used - Good+
Quantity-available
1
Edition
1st ed. thus
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
0143035010
ISBN 13
9780143035015
Publisher
Penguin
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
2005
Pages
256
Keywords
AFRICA MEMOIR AFRICAN TRAVEL RHODESIA ZIMBABWE ZAMBIA
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Africa;

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