Book Review: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

September 16, 2011  By: Gretchen

Alexandra Fuller has a wonderful way with words.  She can transport you from your couch to the fields of Wyoming, the middle of a bush war in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), or the verandah of a lodge in the Cederberg, South Africa.  She can evoke a view of the African wilderness so vividly that a reader can get lost in her words.  Fuller can also paint a portrait of someone so fully that you feel as though you must know them.

Her latest book is Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.  This book is an exploration of her mother’s life – it is a vastly interesting and deeply moving account.  Born in Scotland, but with most of her life spent in Africa, the story of Nicola Fuller will move you.  It is a telling of love, war, loss, madness and ultimately, forgiveness.  Life in Africa is not for the faint of heart, and Nicola Fuller is certainly not faint of heart; she is an interesting, courageous, incredible woman.

Enjoy this very entertaining and emotional journey through time, through Africa and through Nicola Fuller’s life.