Magical memoir

 
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller follows her critically acclaimed memoir, Let’s Not Go to The Dogs Tonight.
 
In her new novel, Fuller tells a sweeping and personal story of her parents’ lives and love story as colonial farmers in Africa from the 1930s to 1994.
 
Both of Fuller’s books capture her family’s personal eccentricities, triumphs, and tragedies, juxtaposed against the slow and painful decline of colonial Africa.
 
Her Scots-English parents moved to Africa in the 1930s to make their fortune. Fuller  extravagant, eccentric mother always reminded her children that she and her friends were not part of the scandalous “Happy Valley” set known for hard drinking and adultery. Instead she liked to fill her childrens’s heads with the glories of former colonial days. 
 
Fuller also tells her parent’s love story. Fuller poignantly describes how her parents gradually grow older, and her mother’s horrible bouts of depression. But, through it all her parents remain brave, in love, and resolute. This is a wonderful story about passion. Fuller captures her parents’ dedication and love for each other, Africa and way of life.
 
Fuller writes eloquently. Although her parents’s choices are not her own, she understands and respects their zeal. Her amusing family antidotes, colourful characters, and delicious prose made this book hard to put down.
 
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter’s night.
 
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