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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,157 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandra Fuller Narrator: Lisette Lecat Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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. 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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ana | 2/17/2014

    " This book was OK. I was expecting something better after reading "Don't let's go to the dogs tonight" by the same author. While the topic of the book is interesting (travels with an African warrior), the book reads like a newspaper - perhaps because the author is a journalist?! The whole book could have been written in a much more interesting way. Some atrocities are described in detail and yet the narrative fails to "speak" to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Isabel | 2/17/2014

    " Haunting, brutal, honest and funny at times, this is the kind of book that stays with you long after you have put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristin | 2/15/2014

    " Wow. This was better than Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. Fuller's ability to write truth without judgment is remarkable. She is also blindingly honest about her own shortcomings - yet sans regret. I felt both privileged and enraged to see Mozambique through K's perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by prairiesister | 2/15/2014

    " Omigod, what a book. Can't recommend it enough. "

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