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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Second, although it was generally well written, with nice lyrical, well-done prose, there were the incongruities.

But Baby O concocts a new plot to kill the General by crashing a plane kamikaze-style down on pf of him. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

This country is khaki Turning my loneliness into solitue You want freedom and they give you chicken korma Be it the land or the rivers, it’s all under our wings Soldier just soldier on This book was recommended to me by so many people that I just had to get my hands on it. Aug 18, Nancy Oakes rated it xase liked it Shelves: Interwoven in his story is the tale of General Zia, his generals, his wife, a blind woman on death row and a crow.

Hanif highlights the irony in America wanting to purge the world of one type of authoritarianism by cultivating another. Nov 12, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. Nada satira dan sinis juga memang bisa menggeletek kita kerana nampaknya ia adalah ectasy terbaik kepada manusia explodiny yang berada dalam negara yang serba kacau. But the benefit to that is I mangoew no hesitation recommending this on to people who are into that kinda thing.

It sardonically examines the workings of the Pakistani state, which comes off like a Third World Brazil imagined by Raymond Chandler. What the book is really about, is the sudden firey, I need to start reading the backs of books.

He was born at Okara.

The kid is at military school, ready to be a chip off the old block, reveling in the silent drill techniques of Major Bannon, on loan from the U. Manoes of the more radical jihadi outfits owe their birth to Zia. Intrigue and subterfuge casf with bad luck and good in this darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen.


I hate the lack of protagonist’s character and his background life development These are historical facts.

I could not find any greater depth or meaning in Hanif’s mocking treatment of life on this planet. A mullah without a beard, a mullah in a four-star general’s uniform, a mullah with the instincts of a corrupt tax inspector.

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Several other characters are involved including his gay room mate, certain American CIA officials and folk from high up the Pakistani political ladder. Set during the time of the Soviet-Afghan conflict, there’s eploding 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.

Leave this field blank. Interview with a mixed-faith couple Experiences in a Christian-Muslim marriage. Namun, gangguan itu tidak sampai merosakkan keghairahan pembacaan kita. You know the ending the fictitious depiction of the real-life death of Pakistan’s President General Zia from the very beginning. Lists with This Book. Mar 11, Mehwish rated it liked it Shelves: Lal, Omar, Steph, Manu, Nethra.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

I would gladly grab any other book by Mohammed Hanif if he ever writes again. I am not sure what mangows book was all about. Its importance is that it fills in a crucial historical period in Pakistan’s history and the history of the Expolding resistance to the Soviet Occupation. It’s an affecting book.

Next time, I think I will just order the illegal stuff the author is consuming, and not his book. Mohammed Harif is one very fine writer. Still want more, here, keep the basket too!

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Jun 04, Windy2go rated it it was ok. Mohammed Hanif is a Pakistani writer and journalist. I’m the daughter of a short time Naval Officer I got in the way of that and a career Submariner in two different Navys, but military things, especially things like drill and parade and chest puffing and displays of tanks Skip to main content. 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 irrelevant story about some American Colonel, there are sweepers and blind women for some inscrutable reason, there are pages spent on what a crow does, people just jump from one situation to the other, and I think Osama Bin Laden made an appearance somewhere.


Suddenly a change in ISI command takes place, and Ali is freed in time to avoid torture. 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.

manhoes At one point he attempts to go among his people in disguise, and his sojourn is an epic fail. Pakistan’s travails were fresh on my mind. His protagonist is the son of a colonel who was instru Lucky us–we have a fresh fictional voice of the Pakistani Persuasion, as it were.

All for just one price- you must hate Zia Ul Haq, the General, the dictator. For casr reading, two things were going against this book from the start. Despite nine years of Musharraf, people are already turning against the emerging democratic order, and recalling the “good old days” under army rule.

While there, Ali listens to the screams of his tortured fellow prisoners and talks via a hole in the wall with the “Secretary General” who has been in solitary confinement there for nine years. He graduated from the Pakistan Air Force Academy as Pilot Officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism.

However, several investigations have failed to pinpoint the cause of the crash, and to this day, it is the subject of speculation. This is not a spoiler by the way. I know his house was not a “sprawling colonial mangoex with 18 bedrooms” because I’ve been in the Ambassador’s residence.