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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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 book even speculates that it was the work of the CIA.

Not without reason it has been nominated for so many prizes. The book is about Pakistan in the time of Zia’s dictatorship. The prose has an easy likability, the main character — Ali Shigri — is also easy to like and root for. Clearly, by the time he finally died, Zia had made a lot of enemies. Many of the more radical jihadi outfits owe their birth to Zia. Someday we’ll do a display here on Dictators I work in a library. Repression ezploding journalists A world of Khashoggis.

Pakistan, barely 40 years into its existence, groans beneath the military bureaucracy driving the country forward. Hanif has a lovely eye and an even better ear.

See all books by Mohammed Hanif. 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. Official Pakistan needs this levity.


A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Actually, that isn’t entirely true. 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? Yes, there is an element of wonder when reading about the alleged activities mangors the bygone President and the Pakistan army itself and why there hasn’t been a voice raised against it.

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Is this also Pakistan? Cade thinking of applying for the job of unhinged, religious dictator should read it first. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys military satire, dark humour, and digs at the fervently pious. Before I read this book, I’d never even heard of Zia ul-Haq, the president of Pakistan who was killed in the crash explodiny a C airplane, along with the American ambassador Arnold Raphel and others.

You’re told this happens on the first page. Actually, the author is very qualified to write about the facility as he graduated from it in the Nineties, and went on to join the Pakistan Air Force.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Although, I started procastinating in the last 70 pages for God knows why.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. This book is mqngoes because it has Islamic and religious comic elements in it that i think is its added beauty. Interview Ayesha Jalal Pakistan: General Zia was well portrayed. His best friend Obaid disappears with a fight plane and The death of the dictator of Manvoes General Zia alongside all his high-ranked officers plus the US embassador has intrigued people since the day it happened.


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He was born in Bethlehem and lived by the Sea of Galilee. Read it and share your thoughts with me. Harif’s work will get top billing. Welcome to the Kafkaesque world of Explodlng air force training academy.

Intriguingly, this is the name of the current army chief who, before his promotion, was Musharraf’s chain-smoking head of the ISI. Retrieved from ” https: Several other characters are involved including his gay room mate, certain American CIA officials and folk from high up the Pakistani msngoes ladder. But we also flick between him, and none other than Mr President himself, and the people and events that surround him.

Still want more, here, keep the basket too! The book is designed to get you to turn the pages, which it does exceedingly well. In the footsteps of Jesus Jesus, born a Jew, spent his days in the region now known as Or. It is only the unknown characters who are fictionalized. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. However, several investigations have failed to pinpoint the cause of the crash, and to this day, it is the subject of speculation.

However, the intense heat generated within the wreck of the C left barely any human remains, and General Zia was identified only by his teeth.