Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller


Alexandra Fuller


We all should  have our own Tree of Forgetfulness.....what a wonderful thought.

"People often ask why my parents haven't left Africa.  Simply put they have been possessed by the land.  Land is Mum's love affair and it is Dad's religion."  Page 117

From the beautiful landscape of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to the lush lands of East will be taken on a journey with Nicola Fuller through her childhood and her adult life.

This book is beautifully written with wonderful descriptions of feelings, daily living, and African landscapes.  You will also be given a history lesson of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe.

The novel is also quite entertaining.  You will love the stories, connect with the characters, feel their pain and mainly their love of the land in Africa even though Tim always said and was reminded by Nicola...."But I thought you said Africa was for the Africans."  Page 210

I thoroughly enjoyed this book......vicariously living the life of the Fullers was fun but frightening.  I can't begin to give all the details in this short will definitely need to read it.  You will love  it.  5/5


  1. Hope you enjoy the book if read it.

  2. I didn't realize this is a memoir. I need to check it out.

  3. I hope you can. Cute, quirky cover, and a great book.

  4. Nice review Silver. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did.

  5. I find Africa so fascinating that I'd love to live vicariously through someone who grew up there!

    Thanks for being on this tour!

  6. Well! My first comment didn't post! Anyway, I love this review, and if my life had been just a "wee" bit different, I'm the kind of person that would have been living in another country myself, working to help others. As it is, I simply try to do my part right here in our own. Thanks for pointing this book out to me! (and to others, of course!)

  7. Found your review through Cym's Book Review Party. I'm thinking I would enjoy this book as I love it when I get a glimpse into another culture. Thanks for sharing it!

  8. Sounds colorfull! Connecting with nature is one of my favorite things to do! I'm sure I would enjoy this book!

    I'm fascinated by all parts of the world - just learning about the countries would be a delight!