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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A series of short stories connected into one modern-day Uganda family’s history. My Fingers are Stuck 0. The author so subtly sends the reader into the upheaval of an upper-class family upended by an angry alcoholic father, the post-Amin baiingana, the protaganist’s transition from Africa to America and back again. A generation of my kind lived out its childhood and came of age on a continent gone horribly wrong.

How To Write Badly Well. Just a moment tropjcal we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Each chapter is a different point of view told by three trolical and none of the chapters follow any kind of story, each chapter is its own rich story. She and her mother are the ones who decide to settle with the circumstances around them and rest. Thanks for coming here too. Through it all the mother has to support her family on her own.

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Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana

Again, a book for class. Her people find her changed and once again she is an outsider, of sorts. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. We were intelligent, read books for fun, had worn shoes and socks to school while villagers went barefoot; we spoke bainggana English; listened to Top of the Pops rather than Congolese music; ate with forks, not our fingers. An excited teenager whose unencumbered outlook to life leads her to the highs of doreeen and ultimately the lows.

Retrieved 18 October Reading it felt like some parts of my childhood were being retold to me. Christine could accept this fluidity… She would have to learn all over again how to live in this new old place called home.

Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe

What lessons does she take back to Uganda with her? You’ve got a good blog. We had dodged the bullets of Amin, Obote, all the coups, the economic war, exile and return, and here we were on the road to success.

Following the lakes up to Fisu 13 82 Aug 07, However, religion almost always fails her.

CRITICAL LITERATURE REVIEW: “Tropical Fish” by Doreen Baingana

We were at Makerere University; we were the cream of the crop. Tropical Fish gish a collection of eight short stories: A Reading Year – This year, I read 60 books. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Paperbackpages. Three of the eight chapters are told from the point of view of Christine’s two older sisters, Patti, a born-again Christian who finds herself starving at her boarding school, and Rosa, a free spirit who tries to “magically” seduce one of her teachers. Really gives a flavor of modern east African life.


Her quabbles are with hunger mostly and when hunger is dealt with, she and God trpical no issues.

What a collection of stories, what a gem. Around the same time, people started telling me about th Tales From Entebbe,Doreen Baigana”.

Lost in Los Angeles finds Christine in the United States where she tries to lay claim to a new definition of home. How does Baingana illustrate each as an influential force in the Mugisha household?

Tropical Fish Reader’s Guide

Rropical Literature Review on Facebook. 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. Arguments of the Migration vs Home African Literature will have something to pick from this story.

I must live even harder. Jul 08, Sarah Nsiime added it. The ten books that I most enjoyed reading this year! 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. Rosa is a firework. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The emotional tenor ranges from childlike wonder to fury to disillusionment to self-discovery.

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