All Our Names - Section 1 Isaac/Helen Part 1 Summary & Analysis

Dinaw Mengestu
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The narrator comes to the Ugandan capital city, Kampala, with the dream of becoming a famous author after having read an old article about famous authors. The narrator spends a good bit of time in the beginning trying to emulate other young men in the area who considers themselves revolutionaries. During a political rally on campus, he meets another young man, named Isaac, on the university grounds although neither one of them are students. While chatting at a local tea house, Isaac reveals that his family has plans on him becoming a doctor but that he intends to study politics.

Helen is a middle aged woman who works as a social worker at Lutheran Relief Services. She considers her life to be boring until she is assigned to a young African man, who goes by the name of Isaac. She originally...

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