Scribbling the Cat

Travels with an African Soldier
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.45 hours)
Product Number: Z1336
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449888046
Narrator/s: Lisette Lecat
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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.


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Scribbling the Cat
Product Number: BX00005680
Product Number:Z1336
Product Number:C2614

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Author(s): Alexandra Fuller
Narrator(s): Lisette Lecat
Product Number C2614
Released: May 10, 2004
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402582790
Author(s): Alexandra Fuller
Product Number EB00394180
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101118801

Professional reviews

"Although she writes beautifully, this follow-up to Fuller's immensely successful memoir, DON'T LET'S GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT, has the earmarks of a manufactured sequel, rather than a book that needed to be written. With a husband and children waiting for her in America, Fuller cooks up a trip from Zambia through Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) to Mozambique, with K, a war-scarred loner, banana farmer, and former soldier of fortune, in order to write about it. South African-born Lisette Lecat does well with the regional accents of K and other southern African characters met along the way, but she chooses a plummy British drawing-room accent for Fuller that seems, to say the least, counterintuitive. The whole enterprise seems a mixed blessing. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"