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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Lazy, irreverent Ali Shigri narrates the story. These are historical facts. And how much was fictio I picked this book up because it is written by a Pakistani Journalist about Pakistan.

The late dictator

Topics Guardian first book award This is a fictionalized version of how General Zia, a dictator of Pakistan, and his generals died in a plane crash in One is a curse pronounced by Zainab, a blind eexploding victim sentenced to death by stoning under new ordinances “mixing religion with the business of running a country” is Zia’s innovation. The alternate chapters work well of the General and his cohorts mixed with those of the Air Force cadet Shigri who is planning to assassinate the President thereby avenging the death of his father.

Much time is spent discussing the joint US-Pakistan effort to support Afghan mujahideen guerilla fighters against Soviet forces in the s. 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. Still want more, here, keep the basket too! The second surprise – from an Indian angle – is how simple- and petty-minded and almost idiotic the leaders who changed the course of the history have been shown.

At first glance, Ali is a self-entitled, somewhat cocky young man who thinks he has it all figured out. The laconic style of writing subdues the more distressing scenes – a blind girl, gang-raped, waits to be stoned for adultery; a familiar character reappears with his forehead branded with hot iron.


To me, as a Romanian, all of this stuff is hilarious. Repression against journalists A world of Khashoggis. May 06, Pages Buy. Only two things are clear: Refresh and try again. See all books by Mohammed Hanif.

Please try again eploding. I could not find any greater depth or meaning in Hanif’s manhoes treatment of life on this mangles. In addition, three of the five books that Hanif cites in the afterword as inspiration are ones I have read: Instead it took me weeks to read mangkes I omly completed it because I was discussing it in a book group.

Hanif has found in Zia a veritable Homer Simpson of theocratic zealotry. Ali is trapped within a system just as oppressive as the Soviet government against which Pakistan fights. He even goes so far as to steal a plane for the job, but in doing so, he accidentally lands Ali explodijg prison at Lahore Fort, a torture center. He comes across as a hapless dictator holed up in his house, stewing in paranoia for most of the book and infested with worms by the end.

This applies in particular to defamatory, racist, personal, or irrelevant comments or comments written in dialects or languages other than English. In General Zia kicked Prime Minister Bhutto out of office, later executing him and “reducing” civil rights under martial law in a harrying ten-year reign until he was mysteriously killed in a plane crash in But I don’t get it and it bothered me. The book reveals the self-contradictory nature of American policy in the Middle East during this time.

Similarly, Zia is in the ineviable position of being so powerful that no one wants to tell him the truth. The value of the book for me is in its humor. What the book is really about, is the sudden firey, I need to manoges reading expoding backs of books. Crows, notoriously gluttonous, never feel as if their stomachs are full. Di sinilah letaknya kelebihan Mohammed Hanif kerana judulnya saja sudah bikin kita tertanya-tanya tentang apa kejadahnya buah mempelam yang meletup! Is this also Pakistan?


Next time, I think I will just order the illegal stuff the author is consuming, and not his book.

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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?

It is as a serious novel of Pakistan’s difficult recent history that Mangoes doesn’t take wing, despite its ambitions. The millions are occupied somewhere else, to people with great influence, chief among whom General Akhtar. The book expooding by asking how Zia actually died.

A fine dark comic diverse fictional read. Hanif exposes generals for the power-hungry monsters they become after enthroning themselves.

It had to be tasted at minimum. Not without reason it has been nominated for so many prizes. How much of the story of Zia Ul Haq’s plane crash was real? Along the explodjng, there’s plenty of humour and slapstick.

Well suited to lovers of political satire but not at all my choice of book.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif | : Books

Pakistan’s president Zia-ul-Haq gets killed in a flight explosion and the novel goes back to tell you the why, what and how. And how much was fiction? His contradictions match Ot history.