Tropical Fish: Stories Out of Entebbe

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University of Massachusetts Press, 2005 - 148 Seiten

Tropical Fish is a collection of linked short stories that explore the coming of age of three African sisters. Introspective and personal, the stories reveal the unexpected ambiguities of the young women's lives. The setting is the lush beauty of Uganda and the background is the aftermath of Idi Amin's dictatorship. But even in such trying circumstances, the stories show that people everywhere face the same basic human struggle to understand themselves, their world, and their place in it.

Each story develops the theme of exploration and discovery as the sisters mature and their interior and exterior lives expand. The youngest sister, Christine, becomes aware at an early age of the bittersweet dynamics of family love and later grapples with romantic and erotic, if problematic, love. Her explorations lead her across racial lines, when she has an affair with a British expatriate in the title story. What is initially an act of curiosity brings forth questions of racial and gender identity. Eager to stitch together a new pattern for her life, Christina ventures to another continent, North America, where she attempts to create a new home and a new self.

In another story, Christina's sister Patti writes in her diary about the vicissitudes of daily experience at a typical Ugandan girls' boarding school and the impact of class and religion on her relationships with fellow students. Other stories are written in the voice of the oldest sister, Rosa, who as a precocious teenager tries to decipher the mysteries of sex. Unfortunately, her promising future is harshly disrupted.

In the final story, Christine returns to Uganda and finds her perspective irrevocably altered. She is more acutely aware of her home's natural beauty, but its physical vibrancy is in stark contrast to the social and political conditions she encounters. Her journey of self-discovery comes full circle, but without any tidy resolutions. Ambiguities and uncertainties remain. What is clear, however, is that this book marks the arrival of a remarkably gifted writer.

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Nutzerbericht  - spiralsheep - LibraryThing

21/2021. This is a suite of short stories revolving around a Banyankole family of three young women growing up in Entebbe in Uganda in the 1980s. This book has all the usual middle class Middle Africa ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - anderlawlor - LibraryThing

i enjoyed this collection of linked short stories and for whatever reason i don't feel like i need to hang onto this book. if you want it, email me & i'll mail it to you. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (2005)

Doreen Baingana is from Uganda and lives in the United States. She has a law degree from Makerere University, Kampala, and an MFA from the University of Maryland. She has won the Washington Independent Writers Fiction prize, was nominated for the Caine Prize in African Writing, and received an Artist Grant from the District of Columbia Commission of the Arts and Humanities.

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