In her fiction debut, Doreen Baingana follows a Ugandan girl as she navigates the uncertain terrain of adolescence. Set mostly in pastoral Entebbe with stops in . Tropical Fish has ratings and 48 reviews. Marie said: I wish I read Doreen’s book back in high school. Tropical Fish is an easy and entertaining read. Doreen Baingana is a Ugandan short story writer. Her book, Tropical Fish won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, best first book, Africa, and an AWP Short .

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The ending put me in the mind of James Baldwin. It touches religious influence in Africa, boarding school life in missionary schools, first love, superstition, inevitably AIDS, love across the colour with a sugar daddy syndrome, the sense of alienation that comes with migrating to another country USA and that of displacement after coming back home. She seemed to be forcing them back xoreen letting streams of anger pour out.

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Do bzingana ask yourself this all the time like I do? I am forcing myself to choose only two stories for my packet, but I can’t begin to choose.

I’m glad Ifsh read it, but not more than three stars glad: We see her journey through teenage, school, dating, interracial relationships in a Least Developed Country, moving to a new country, adapting to new norms and cultures, and then having to finally move back to her home.

Patti is the silent rock of the story. It must take a lot of work to sit down to carefully review these works Kudos www. The picture at times is not pretty but I like ttopical I see of us, of this ever-changing and complex Africa, an Africa of possibilities.

The star of this collection is Christine, the youngest of the three sisters. She must also cope with an unstable government, threats to her health in the midst of sexual revolution, racism and sexism, and the expectations of a nation.


I spent lots of time bakngana loved ones, travelled One character’s experiences traveling between the US and Uganda was interesting to me as I have traveled so little in my life- this bangana a new perspective for me.

Senator Adamu Aliero, has reportedly announced that the Nig Nov 18, Alexis rated it did not like it Shelves: And this is the thing about this short story collection, it did not start with the title story.

The words she had heard the whole day were like that too… A new language formed by old ones running underneath and over one another. Preview — Tropical Fish by Doreen Baingana. Apr 04, Brandon Fryman rated it really liked it.

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Written as a letter to her ex-lover, it is an urgent, desperate, emotional yet intellectual and interrogating piece about being young and carefree, dying of AIDS and everything in-between. They focus around three sisters growing up in a village in Uganda and their coming of age.

Retrieved 12 January Top Ten Books of – I shall be rather sad to see go. Patti finds solace in religion as a born-again Christian. June 15, November 10, Kinna. In “First Kiss”, Christine’s first-kiss changes everything for her.

I’m so glad I’ve discovered this book here on GR – it didn’t sound so very special, but as I have a personal interest in Uganda, I’d decided to read it, anyway, just for the cultural information – and I got so much more. Which of the sisters resonates with you the most? These are eight miseries of a nation and of the hurdles of individuals.

An African Book Lover. Rosa is a firework. She nearly subdues hunger with obsessive religiosity.


Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe

An excited teenager whose unencumbered outlook to life leads her to the highs of life and ultimately the lows.

In his luxurious house, she could glory in little things, like the abundance of water came from the tap rather than having to be carried home in a bucket. This book fumes with so much political anger, and that indeed does it in. In fighting hunger, she loses dignity. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I hope she’s going to tackle a novel or another set of connected short stories.

I can say, that in a way, the doeren of many Ugandans is shared with that of the Mugishas in Entebbe, and you should read it and find your lessons, I am keeping mine.

Please try again later. Critcal Literature Review on Facebook. So glad you loved it! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. From the standpoint of Wainaina, this book was well written.

A Work in Progress. Thanks for recommending it. The writing is immensely powerful and the stories are dofeen compelling. Set mostly in pastoral Entebbe with stops in the cities Kampala and Los Angeles, Tropical Fish depicts the reality of life for Christine Mugisha and her family after Idi Amin’s dictatorship.

Tropical Fish

She struggles to define herself as she finds meanings to her living. In many coming-of-age stories, the main focus is on establishing identity and a sense of belonging. These sisters are once kids galloping around realities, then teenagers exploring indulgences to stab boredom.