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’s been a great five years but all good things come to an end. It’s truly been an awesome experience for me as t Cinema and Fiction – Articles. Senator Adamu Aliero, has reportedly announced that the Nig 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 posterity.

Tropical Fish is such book that registers bainbana past with natural telling skill. Only a skilled writer could relay weepy stories with reinvented taste.

Tropical Fish is filled with riveting prose. My chest grew heavier and heavier as the beads and stones and glass trailed down my knees… Carefully, I climbed down the chair, necklaces and earrings swaying, moved the chair away and faced the mirror… I stared at the girl in the orange-reddish glow.

Tropical Fish is the stories of individuals as well as a country ran aground by tyranny. It follows the stories of three sisters at the various stages of their lives. Doreen narrates the story of a horrendous political era through the times and lives of its citizens. 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.

These sisters are once kids galloping around realities, then teenagers exploring indulgences to stab boredom.

Later on, they grow into adults paying for political and parental malformed pasts. Doreen spares no detail in narrating the story of a once battered Uganda. This book fumes with so much political anger, and that indeed does it in. Idi Amin was doreeen beast in a human materialisation. Sure, Uganda was repeatedly walloped under Idi Amin in the s. However, dedicating a whole prose work to crucify his dusty bones only makes him a personage of some kind.


It makes his image live on in our bainngana. No one should give that hell of a man such pleasure of fame. That only ends up adorning his image. These are eight miseries of a nation and of the hurdles of individuals. The book packs a bit of humour with juvenile diffidence to relishing effect. As it is with most subsequent parts of this book, this story is much focused on Christine. Christine recounts her story of the things that fascinate her as a child.

Though this is told through the observance of a child, the details of the story are not infantile trash. It is believable he is a drinker, but the manner his leisured doeen habit deteriorates to binge drinking is quite incredible. Hunger — Patti is the less exuberant of the three sisters. This makes speaking through troopical diary understandable. Patti is too reticent to speak all the time.

Hunger is the only place her horrible childhood is revealed. Patti communes with hunger at Gayaza Secondary School where she is a boarder. She nearly subdues hunger with obsessive religiosity. However, religion almost always fails her.

Tropial fighting hunger, she loses dignity. With her first kiss, her womanhood immaturely blossoms at a preteen stage. If that is also to portray the wickedness that ruled at that time; the portrayal is certainly overdone.

She struggles to define herself as she finds meanings to her living. This story is in black and white; the degradation of Uganda and the cosy hospitality of the West.

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This smears the pleasure for the reader. Aside tracking the development of Christine, the story is insignificant in the book. It is filled with excessive grouchiness. Your attention is rarely lost.

She does this with Green Stones and Tropical Fish. Through troppical anal eyes of Christine, nothing is left untouched; the boredom of a disarrayed home is fully explored, the two-facedness of ethnicity is bared and the unattended emotional yearnings of vulnerable children are fully rendered.

Tropical Fish highlights powerful literary descriptiveness. This is among the few pieces that I have read which succeed well at pulling out the psychology of a character through sex.