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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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. Three of the eight chapters are told from rish point of view of Ffish 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.

Preview — Tropical Fish by Doreen Baingana. We follow Christine to America, then back to Entebbe as she forms new definitions of “home. Hers is a short appearance and quite an apt symbol that way. Aug 25, Emi rated it liked it. This makes speaking through her diary understandable. fisj


Patti is the silent rock of the story. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Rob Spillman Goodreads Author Editor.

It’s been a great five years but all good things come to an end. Jul 08, Sarah Nsiime added it. Though her work contained beautiful outtakes of delicate phrase, they were often buried in lengthy, dispassionate passages.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Contributor. What does his death instill in Maama? 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 fisg the stories.

CRITICAL LITERATURE REVIEW: “Tropical Fish” by Doreen Baingana

Refresh and try again. What went wrong, David? Or perhaps the sadness of their collective childhood stole a few secrets from mine and it was neccessary to leave it quickly? Arguments of the Migration vs Home African Literature will have something to pick from this story.

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


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From the standpoint of Wainaina, this book was well written. Thanks for recommending it. In “Hunger”, Patti is the focus of the story which told through her diary. With the rest of the stories reflecting the Idi Amin troubles so gently, the section on AIDS does seem to stand out profoundly from the rest of the 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. All stories were interesting in some way, but there were too few intrigues for my taste hence the low rating.

This is the End my Friends. The Caine Prize for African Writing. I’d never considered the beaches and fish of Entebbe when I first heard of Tropical Fish. What are the similarities?

Tropical Fish Reader’s Guide

Paperback fjsh, pages. I jotted it down on my wishlist right away. Later on, they grow into adults paying for political and parental malformed pasts.