Scribbling the cat,Travels with an African soldier by Alexandra Fuller
How thrilled I was to find (as I leafed through the latest American Elle) that Alexandra Fulller has written another book. Alexandra who? She, my fellow voracious readers, is the writer of one of my favourite books (see FiFi # 10) Don’t Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight a fantastic book about growing up in Rhodesia in the 70’s . If you haven’t followed my expert advice and not read this one yet, shame on you. This new one is a bit of a kooky/interesting story when she travels “with a strangely charismatic Rhodesian war veteran into a modern-day heart of darkness. In Zambia, 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. 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. Fuller and K decide to travel from Zambia through Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and Mozambique to visit the scenes of the wars”…And she has a husband and 2 children back in America so you can imagine this is interesting reading. Not light but worth it.