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 questions that follow are meant to spark discussion about the impact of politics, faith, and culture on their progress to adulthood, as well as debate on what it truly means to be at home.

The story was a little disjointed and it could have used more flesh I had a tough time deciding how to rate this–I wish there was a 3. He and his home offered her an escape from the pressures of her ordinary life. However, the stories are specific glimpses instead of an overall description of life in Entebbe. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Aside tracking the development of Christine, the story is insignificant in the book.

It follows Christine, Patti and Rosa the daughters of a relatively well off family whose father, a senior government official, becomes an alcoholic and loses everything starting with his job. Now we know we are all connected: No trivia or quizzes yet.

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. Following the lakes up to Uganda.


The author so subtly sends the reader into the upheaval of an upper-class family upended by an angry alcoholic father, tropicla post-Amin era, the protaganist’s transition from Africa to America and back again. She struggles to define herself as she finds meanings to her living.

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Patti finds solace in religion as a born-again Christian. She struggles to define herself as she finds dish to her living. The Next Best Boo I love me some coming of age stories and her young narrators are aces. Joseph Omotayo Current Editor. Diane — Frequent Flyer Sep 28, Few authors can capture multiple themes and weave them so effortlessly.

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I enjoyed Tropical fish, a thoroughly enjoyable read Like Like. Great job you’re doing here. Want to Read saving… Error rating book. We had dodged the bullets of Amin, Obote, all the coups, the economic war, exile and return, and here we were on the road t Review from https: MsJB 30 August at Lost in Los Angeles finds Christine in the United States where she tries to lay claim to a new definition of home.

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With the rest of the stories reflecting the Idi Doresn troubles so gently, the section on AIDS does seem to stand out profoundly from the rest of bainganw book, sort of rambling on in some sort of possessed frenzy which may in the end be appropriate, but feels a little odd to me rather than fitting. Aug 31, Stasia rated it liked it Shelves: In the title story, Tropical Fishshe enters into a sexual relationship with a white man, an exporter of exotic fish. Be warned there are spoilers.


Doreen spares no detail in narrating the story of a once battered Uganda. Aug 25, Emi rated it liked it. It’s okay, but really only for getting a perspective of higher-class Ugandans growing up after Amin’s presence.

Uganda 5 Nov 01, But it was eating up all the smaller, rarer, trolical colored tropical fish.

Moving on for now. Overall, the writing is adequate, but I did not find this collection particularly noteworthy or memorable. Cinema and Fiction – Articles. Did Tropical fish define modernist tradition yes or bainyana answer, answer with references to the text. Rosa is a firework.


And this is the thing about this short story collection, it did not start with the title story. Every day, somewhere deep and dark, it was too late. Diane — Frequent Flyer. I spent lots of time bainagna loved ones, travelled Bxingana the same time, people started telling me about th Literary Rejections on Display. So, here are the stories I am thinking of using and a little bit of summary. Theissues tha I’d never considered the beaches and fish of Entebbe when I first heard of Tropical Fish.

Rosa, Patti and Christine are the three sisters whose separate horrible encounters become the microfilms of the survivors, the victors and the fallen in the s’ Uganda. Joseph Omotayo 31 August at