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Leaving Before the Rains Come

por Alexandra Fuller

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Biography & Autobiography. Family & Relationships. Nonfiction. HTML:The New York Times Bestseller from the author of Travel Light, Move Fast

"One of the gutsiest memoirs I've ever read. And the writingoh my god the writing."Entertainment Weekly

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A child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of two deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fullers own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she finally confronts the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and about the family she left behind in Africa. A breathtaking achievement, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a memoir of such grace and intelligence, filled with such wit and courage, that it could only have been written by Alexandra Fuller.

Leaving Before the Rains Come begins with the dreadful first years of the American financial crisis when Fullers delicate balancebetween American pragmatism and African fatalism, the linchpin of her unorthodox marriageirrevocably fails. Recalling her unusual courtship in Zambiaelephant attacks on the first date, sick with malaria on the wedding dayFuller struggles to understand her younger self as she overcomes her current misfortunes. Fuller soon realizes what is missing from her life is something that was always there: the brash and uncompromising ways of her father, the man who warned his daughter that "the problem with most people is that they want to be alive for as long as possible without having any idea whatsoever how to live." Fullers father"Tim Fuller of No Fixed Abode" as he first introduced himself to his future wifewas a man who regretted nothing and wanted less, even after fighting harder and losing more than most men could bear.

Leaving Before the Rains Come showcases Fuller at the peak of her abilities, threading panoramic vistas with her deepest revelations as a fully grown woman and mother. Fuller reveals how, after spending a lifetime fearfully waiting for someone to show up and save her, she discovered that, in the end, we all simply have to save ourselves.

An unforgettable book, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a story of sorrow grounded in the tragic grandeur and rueful joy only to be found in Fullers Africa.… (mais)
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This is a fabulous continuation of Bobo Fuller's memoirs, and she maintains her funny, heartbreaking, no-nonsense voice. I don't know why she lets us in (well, she says it's for the money), but I'm incredibly inspired by her willingness to do so, and by her unflinching narration and her thoughtful perspectives.

Not least, and this is a sort of petty thing, but as a single woman I really appreciate a memoir that does not end all wrapped up in a wedding bow. She had a love story, a family. She has a painful divorce and a massive identity shift and she just tells that story. She leaves it where she is, she doesn't get rescued by a new relationship, she doesn't suddenly have an epiphany that leads to wealth or travel. It's not easy on her or her husband or her kids, but they survive it, and that's what I, as a reader and another real person need to see -- the crap comes and you survive it. Your heart breaks and you survive it.

I hope that there are more stories in the future, because I love spending reading time with her. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
I love the author and just eat up her stories with a spoon. This one was a little less exciting as it deals mainly with her divorce. Fuller is unflinchingly honest throughout, revealing her own selfishness and petty motives in a way that maker her hard to like at times. ( )
  klnbennett | Oct 7, 2020 |
I've read all of Alexandra Fuller's autobiographies/memoirs. This latest installment is more thoughtful and contemplative as she explores her relationship with her soon-to-be ex-husband. As always, her writing is honest and thought provoking. I do think, however, that readers will not enjoy this book as much as possible if they haven't read Ms. Fuller's earlier works, especially Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. ( )
  LynnB | Aug 3, 2018 |
If you read Fuller’s autobiography Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: an African Childhood you’ll want to read this follow-up book. Here she explores the disintegration of her marriage and how her independent childhood in Africa shaped her and helped lead to the dissolution. As always her writing is compelling and thought- provoking. ( )
  brangwinn | Feb 21, 2016 |
The writing style and insights of Alexandra Fuller carry this autobiography - the main topic is curiously unexplained and therefore disappointing. I suppose one can't complain as this is autobiography, not fiction. Perhaps a slowly shifting and deteriorating relationship is simply inexplicable. I'd say Fuller's insights were needed at the time of living to ensure there was nothing much to write about in this book - the insights displayed at time of writing seem to cement the divorce.
I find it curious that Fuller's parents and ancestry, and husband and his ancestry, are fodder for public writing but her children are not. Perhaps her children are too bland by comparison. More likely, Fuller's children have not yet built up enough in Fuller to warrant a cathartic writing spree. ( )
  BridgitDavis | Feb 16, 2016 |
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Biography & Autobiography. Family & Relationships. Nonfiction. HTML:The New York Times Bestseller from the author of Travel Light, Move Fast

"One of the gutsiest memoirs I've ever read. And the writingoh my god the writing."Entertainment Weekly


A child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of two deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fullers own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she finally confronts the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and about the family she left behind in Africa. A breathtaking achievement, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a memoir of such grace and intelligence, filled with such wit and courage, that it could only have been written by Alexandra Fuller.

Leaving Before the Rains Come begins with the dreadful first years of the American financial crisis when Fullers delicate balancebetween American pragmatism and African fatalism, the linchpin of her unorthodox marriageirrevocably fails. Recalling her unusual courtship in Zambiaelephant attacks on the first date, sick with malaria on the wedding dayFuller struggles to understand her younger self as she overcomes her current misfortunes. Fuller soon realizes what is missing from her life is something that was always there: the brash and uncompromising ways of her father, the man who warned his daughter that "the problem with most people is that they want to be alive for as long as possible without having any idea whatsoever how to live." Fullers father"Tim Fuller of No Fixed Abode" as he first introduced himself to his future wifewas a man who regretted nothing and wanted less, even after fighting harder and losing more than most men could bear.

Leaving Before the Rains Come showcases Fuller at the peak of her abilities, threading panoramic vistas with her deepest revelations as a fully grown woman and mother. Fuller reveals how, after spending a lifetime fearfully waiting for someone to show up and save her, she discovered that, in the end, we all simply have to save ourselves.

An unforgettable book, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a story of sorrow grounded in the tragic grandeur and rueful joy only to be found in Fullers Africa.

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