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Mohammed Hanif’s exuberant first novel, “A Case of Exploding Mangoes,” extends this tradition of assassination fiction and shifts it east to. A Case of Exploding Mangoes has ratings and reviews. Tea said: Fantastic novel for those who like to read Vikas Swarup, or Mohsin Hamid, or Ara. . A Washington Post, Rocky Mountain News, Boston Globe Best Book of the Year Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly comic.

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All for just one price- you must hate Zia Ul Haq, the General, the dictator. Plus, while I think the book was written to be a SATIRE of Pakistani politics, prison, and the role of the military, I don’t know where to laugh and where to grimmace, so I just grimmaced a lot. Zia, despite being the leader of that system, is trapped by it as well. Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest mnagoes happen.

The cause for the fall of the plane is still a mystery, becoming excellent material for a writer. Second, I have just read everything written in English by Kiran Nagarkar, who in my view is one of the three best writers to come out of India and perhaps the best of the three.

Mohammed Hanif’s “A Case of Exploding Mangoes”: A Tangled Tale –

And how much was fictio I picked explodig book up because it is written by a Pakistani Journalist about Pakistan. Irfan Husain says that the book has lessons too for the current rulers of Pakistan as they emerge from nine years of military rule.


His plane exploded, yes, but was that the cause? At one point he attempts to go among his people in disguise, and his sojourn is an epic fail. Set during the time of the Soviet-Afghan explodijg, there’s even a visit from a shady character who goes by the initials of OBL, the head of Laden Construction Company during the course of a somewhat garish barbeque party given by the Americans for a fourth of July. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Exxploding himself refers to it as an “alleged novel” page Caes and try again. Next, the narrator, combines all possible theories of Zia Ul Haq’s plane crash and, like a basket of juicy mangoes, presents to you an option to chose the best one.

Pakistan, barely 40 years into its existence, groans beneath the military bureaucracy driving the country forward. Overall, the book is likely to stick in the minds of everyone from the sub-continent who lived through the eighties.

In this case that would be a Pakistan not mabgoes to generals, jets and jihadis. Upon his arrival back at the Pakistani Air Force Academy, he learns that he has been chosen as part of the squad that will perform a silent drill salute for General Zia. Perhaps it was something else—poison, or a tapeworm, or a bomb planted by the CIA? Want to Read Currently Cae Read. I am still surprised that the author was not banished in Pakistan or no major furore was created because of the way it has portrayed an ex-President and other powerful people of the time.

It got bonus funny points because of how General Zia, the country’s dictator, keeps thinking along of the lines of ‘What would Ceausescu do?

Its importance is that it fills in a crucial historical period in Pakistan’s history and the history of the Afghan resistance to the Soviet Occupa Having read a review of this book in the NYT, we promptly purchased it. His rule is largely responsible for the upsurge of Islamic extremism that has shaken Pakistan and the entire region. The book was slightly coherent in the first half, but things just become too bizarre in the second half with everyone doing their own thing.


In how many ways can you possibly kill a dictator? And how did he end up in Lahore? My intial apprehensions regarding it might be like catch notwithstanding, I really liked the story. Namun, gangguan itu tidak sampai merosakkan keghairahan pembacaan kita. The obligatory but satisfying satirical inversions are typified by the dictator’s head resting on a Pakistani flag while his buttocks are pointed at a Saudi doctor’s probing fingers.

The inevitable comparison here is to Dr.

With relish and a mordant wit, he paints unflattering portraits of the mediocre officers mantoes ruled Pakistan for over a decade. Christians believe that he was crucified at Golgotha outside Jerusalem — only to rise from the dead three days later.

I read it to get cultural insights The political, societal and religious themes very much interest me. Yet the country’s literature reflects that Pakistan is esploding society in transition.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

And, I must say, It’s a very good attempt! Subscribe to our newsletter. At first glance, Ali is a self-entitled, somewhat cocky young man who thinks he has it all figured out.