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We Are All Birds of Uganda

Zayyan, Hafsa

  12 Reviews

An aspiring young lawyer in present-day London, Sameer Saeed, is about to receive payback for all of his hard work and ambition. The world should be his oyster, but just as his grandfather Hasan experienced in Uganda culminating in expulsion in 1972 under Idi Amin's regime, British colonisation has a long reach and prejudice is dangerous and disruptive.

Moving between Uganda and London, Sameer and Hasan's dual narrative thoughtfully explores identity and belonging and the challenges of finding one's place in the world.

Pages
359
Year
2021

Reviews

PALMN 040
20-05-2024
Thought provoking and educational to most of the group. It garnered strong discussion.
CHCH 552
19-01-2024
Everyone enjoyed learning about Uganda and the racial tensions of how South Asians were treated in Uganda. We liked the style of writing with the letters as chapters. There were mixed feelings from our group in regards to the book's ending - some were very unhappy with how the author chose to end the story!
AUCK 461
11-12-2023
Our group shared mixed reactions to this book. Some members thought it tried to deal with too many themes and some characters were not well developed. The descriptions of Uganda were very interesting and overall, the book was well worth reading.
CROMW 004
30-10-2023
While we enjoyed the storyline and content, most of us struggled to keep track of the characters with the switch over to letters from the Grandfather - a clever concept, but it didn't quite work. We all found the ending abrupt, disturbing and unsatisfactory.
AUCK 465
15-09-2023
Some members found this a difficult book to get into. A genogram of book characters may have helped here. We enjoyed a lively discussion generated by the questions. A thoughtful read, but an enjoyable one.
TAUR 010
13-09-2023
Really enjoyed by all.
WHITBY 005
30-08-2023
Important themes are raised throughout the book. Mixed response from members.
PICT 001
16-08-2023
We all enjoyed the book very much and it engendered much discussion about racism, immigration , and what is 'home'. Highly rated.
AUCK 360
31-07-2023
Those who finished it found it historically informative with themes of colonialism, racism, exploitation and capitalism. However the characters were not well developed and felt like cardboard cut outs. Led to great discussion as one of our group is an East African Asian from Kenya.
DUNED 061
24-03-2023
We all loved it - great discussion.
CHCH 518
09-02-2023
Most of our group enjoyed this book and would seek out the author in the future. A few readers struggled with the ending, but overall that did not detract from an entertaining and powerful story about identity.
AUCK 272
23-09-2022
We enjoyed this book, despite the many adverbs. We learnt about this period of history.