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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You’ve got a good blog. I haven’t read a braver confrontation of the topic yet. Oct 07, Julia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tales from Entebbe fsh a collection of eight interlinked short stories about three sisters growing up in post-Idi Amin Uganda.

It deserves all the attention and them some! Her eye is keen, her insights and portrayals true and revealing. Sep 23, Hellen rated it liked it. Consenting sex is usually presented in the light of mutual engagement. How does she doubt herself and her sense of belonging at the Gayaza High School?

In “First Kiss”, Christine’s first-kiss changes everything for her. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jul 29, Sandy rated it really liked it Shelves: The technique of different voices and a variety of media such as a journal and a letter helps separate the voices soreen an extent but in many cases it is confusing as to who is speaking, perhaps suggesting that each sister is not as separate as one would assume and is instead different possible trajectories of one generic female Ugandan.


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How does leaving Uganda and becoming more immersed in American culture affect her relationships with other Ugandans? Nov 20, Marsha rated it liked it Shelves: Arguments of the Migration vs Home African Literature will have something to pick from this story.

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Read a book from Do you find her to be long — suffering or a complainer? Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Because Uganda has also changed. This story is in black and white; the degradation of Uganda and the cosy hospitality of the West. Stuck In A Book. Theissues tha I’d never considered the beaches and fish of Entebbe when I first heard of Tropical Fish.

Tropical Fish Reader’s Guide

Tropical Fish is such book that registers haunting past with natural telling skill. As the Mugishas cope with Uganda’s collapsing infrastructure, they also contend with the universal themes of family cohesion, sex and relationships, disease, betrayal, and spirituality.

Christine is the main focus in this tale. Newer Baingan Older Post Home. If that is also to portray the wickedness that ruled at that time; the portrayal is certainly overdone. Moving on for now. However, the stories are specific glimpses instead of an overall description of life in Entebbe.


We were intelligent, read books for fun, had worn shoes and socks to school while villagers went barefoot; we spoke proper English; listened to Top of the Pops rather than Congolese music; ate with forks, not our fingers. As it is with most subsequent parts of this book, this story is much focused on Christine.

She struggles to define herself as she finds meanings to her living. In particular, the stories tracing Christine’s time working in the United States in Los Angeles and Washington, DC before returning to Uganda tell the story of identity, race, politics, diaspora, While this book is called a set of short stories with interconnected characters, it reads best as a whole.

The last two stories really made me think about sense of self and learning how to be in the world, especially when one is far from home–and what the heck does “home” mean anyway? She and her mother are the ones who decide to settle with the circumstances around them and rest.

Want to Read saving… Error rating book. Yeah, it could be tasking but we do it for the love of literature on CLR. While the world had its problems, for me was a wonderful year.