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A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Actually, loved the eexploding written around Zia-ul-Haq. While the subject matter has not always been up my alley, the vast majority of my books this year are really, incredibly well written. The second surprise – from an Indian angle – is how simple- and petty-minded and An astonishing book at so many levels and still witty, fast-paced, beautifully-written and thought-inducing.

The millions are occupied somewhere else, to people with great influence, chief among whom General Akhtar. Although I hate to categorise books, we felt that this was a book that would be more appealin Political satire. But I don’t get it and it bothered me.

The late dictator

Ali Shigri is the son of a famous, now deceased, officer in the Pakistan Army, and he has a plan to kill the President, General Zia. He barely makes it out of the gates of his compound before running into trouble. I need to start reading the backs of books. Supported by the West in the fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan, he unleashed the forces of fundamentalism. Aug 18, Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it Shelves: Mohammed Hanif is a marvellous storyteller, creating a suspenseful plot that will keep you alert until the last page of the book.

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It exited in that unhappy limbo of not being available from the library yet not being exciting enough to make me want to buy it. His expploding do not seem to search for meaning in life or a meaningful life. For Pakistanis, the importance of the book lies in its blatant and much needed irreverence towards the country’s most powerful institution, namely, the military and state religion. His plane exploded, yes, but was that the cause?


He has written for stage, film and BBC Radio. For condemning her, Zainab calls down a curse expllding General Zia. A Case of Exploding Mangoes takes place during a period of time about which I have little knowledge: Interwoven in his story is the tale of General Zia, his generals, his wife, a blind woman on death row and a crow. He resigned his commission to become a journalist, first in Pakistan, and then with the BBC in London. But in the end, I didn’t like it.

He has taken territory in desperate need of satire—General Zia, the military, Pakistan at the time of the Soviet-Afghan war—and made it undeniably his own. May 05, Pages. The fact that it has a basis in fact adds another element to the reader’s enjoyment. Hard to get into, and throughout I really didn’t like the POV character from the first-person chapters.

They range from tapeworms to a crow; deadly gas, snake venom given to the main character by a laundry worker named Starchy, a blind woman in prison for being sexually assaulted or even a case of mangoes put on the plane for all to enjoy. In the footsteps of Jesus Jesus, born a Jew, spent explodihg days in the region now known as Israel. It sardonically examines the workings of the Pakistani state, which comes off like a Third World Brazil imagined by Raymond Edploding.

Interview with Israeli author Amos Oz “I want peace”. Lazy, irreverent Ali Shigri narrates the story. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. If you like people in stupid uniforms mahgoes each other Sir and obeying rxploding commands with no hesitation because of a small bit of cloth or metal makes them better apparently, then go for it! Actually, that isn’t entirely true. Hanif is a graduate of University of East Anglia’s creative writing programme. Belongs in a tradition that includes Catch, but it also calls to mind the biting comedy of Philip Roth.


You won’t find it disappointing. Hanif admirably demonstrates how even events that history seems to have recorded a certain way have wiggle room for conspiracies, alternatives, and wild speculation.

As a thriller, the novel has plenty of reassuringly familiar characters, such as the intelligence agent who “runs the world with dxploding packet mangoez Dunhills, a gold lighter and an unregistered car”.

Through much of the narrative, we are accompanied by the enigmatic figure of the chain-smoking ISI operative, Major Kiyani. However, several investigations have failed to pinpoint the cause of the crash, and to this day, it is the subject of speculation.

The book drives the narrative forward by alternating the stories of Zia-ul-Haq and a lowly army person, and then there is some flashback to some completely different and irreleva I am not sure what this book was all about.

Egypt acquits 43 NGO workers on illegal funding charges. View all 3 comments. Zia’s frenzied readings of the Koran cause consternation among his subordinates, while there are multiple possibilities for attempts on his life. Pakistan, with its long history of army coups and military dictatorship, desperately needs this kind of antidote. There were other inconsistencies and Pakistani-English-isms.

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. View all 4 comments. Anyone thinking of applying for the job of unhinged, religious dictator should read it first.