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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There was a time in the history of Uganda when a beast ruled, hunger triumphed, hospitality forsaken and economy brutalised; that some would die, many would become ordinary time-markers and mysteries would be archived for bbaingana.

I haven’t found much Tanzanian literature yet, but I was happy to read this. Rosa is a firework.

Tropical Fish Reader’s Guide

Tropical Fish is the stories of individuals as well as a country ran aground fksh tyranny. Tales from Entebbe, by Doreen Baingana”. Connected stories told from the POV of different sisters living in Uganda and for a brief section when one moves to the U. So, here are the stories I am thinking I’d read Tropical Fish before, but I had forgotten just how brilliant Doreen is!

Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana

In “Hunger”, Patti is the focus of the story which told through her diary. To ask other readers questions fisy Tropical Fishplease sign up. Hers is a short appearance and quite an apt symbol that way. The book tells the stories of three sisters, focusing mostly on Christine with a couple of stories from Rosa and Patti.


Joseph Omotayo 31 August at Do you find her to be long — suffering or a complainer? The technique of different voices and a variety of media such as a journal and a letter helps separate the voices to 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 fema While categorized as a set of short stories, this title reads more as set than individual stories as the same characters of three sisters reappear throughout all the stories.

Thanks for the compliment. Diane — Frequent Flyer Sep 28, This sounds amazing Kinna.

The emotional tenor ranges tropcial childlike wonder to fury to disillusionment to self-discovery. With her first kiss, her womanhood immaturely blossoms at a pre-teen stage.

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.

Want to Read saving…. Dorefn from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana. Discuss the battle between traditional Doren religion juju and the influence of Christianity that is woven throughout the collection.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Each of the sisters might have an answer to give. Aug 31, Stasia rated it liked it Shelves: But the star of Tropical Fish is Christine, whom we accompany from her first wobbly steps in high heels, to her encounters with the first-world conveniences and alienation of America, to her return home to Uganda.


The letter is both personal and real, but at the same time really gives a reader a close look at the physical ravages of the disease and also the way that you can trace the spread of HIV to the complicated networks of culture. In fighting hunger, she loses dignity. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Baingaana and Privacy Policy.

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.

No one should give that hell of a man such pleasure of fame. Though her work contained beautiful outtakes of delicate phrase, they were often buried in lengthy, dispassionate passages.

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