Travel Light, Move Fast

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In Alexandra “Bobo” Fuller’s new family memoir, Travel Light, Move Fast, her father Tim Fuller is the protagonist, though not quite the hero. The book opens as her father lies dying in Budapest, the finish line for a beloved, disarming man. Seemingly happy-go-lucky and a lasting optimist, he ventures from one unexpected livelihood to another. His misguided British education didn’t prepare him for the ambitious twentieth-century world, and he tries unceasingly to be a good provider. Underneath his light-heartedness, and not far underneath, one senses Tim’s regret that he never quite lived up to his hopes.

Those who have read earlier chapters of the saga including Let’s Not Go to the Dogs Tonight will know the Fullers’ longest-lasting base was in the former colonial outpost of Southern Rhodesia. The pages veer to the side to describe a neurotic but ever-disarming mother, always overshadowed by Tim but no less admired. Bobo’s sister Vanessa, alternately conformist and defiant and stranger than all the others combined, completes up the quartet.

Fuller’s inviting style is similar to earlier books. Disappointingly, gathering leftover anecdotes from those books pervade, reaching out to include experiences previously omitted. This latest chapter will delight fans already familiar with the saga, but will not, perhaps, win too many new ones.

Those who for one reason or another do not read to the end will miss the demoralizing final sequence which vindicates the author as a very human as well as humorous and loving daughter and sister.


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Author Alexandra Fuller
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 224 pages
Publisher Penguin Press
Publish Date 2019-08-06
ISBN 9781594206740
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Issue November 2019
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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