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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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. Mohammed Harif is one very fine writer. I could not find any greater depth or meaning manggoes Hanif’s mocking treatment of life on this planet.

Mar 08, Kavita rated it did not like it Shelves: The characters are true to life even the shadier onesthe prose is amazing and the story itself is fantastic.

Many of the more radical jihadi outfits owe their birth to Zia. Literature in Pakistan Change and Stagnation Occur Simultaneously In Pakistan, it is impossible to make a living out of writing — those who wish to publish a book must pay for it themselves.

At an embassy party thrown by Arnold Raphel, the U. But most intriguingly, Ali Shigri is also shown as one of the possible assassins. The action shifts from the pious President and his public relations pony show, to the young soldier, to U. Before I read this book, I’d never even heard of Zia ul-Haq, the president of Pakistan who was killed mangoe the crash of a C airplane, along with the American ambassador Arnold Raphel and others. If you like military mysteries or historical fiction, read it.

The cultural clash between them and the Western ambassadors is beautifully explored. Jul 02, Naeem rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Read it Forward Read it first. Zia’s frenzied readings of the Koran cause consternation among his subordinates, while there are multiple possibilities if attempts on his life.

Retrieved from ” https: Everyone feeds him the information they think will make him happy. 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. Just a moment while esploding sign you in exp,oding your Goodreads account.


Not the kind of thing we normally do but Sorayya needed to read it for professional reasons — her own current book takes place in an adjacent time period and the same place. The millions are occupied somewhere else, to people with great influence, chief among whom General Akhtar. Zia had ruled Pakistan for 11 years prior to his death. The inevitable comparison here is to Dr. Actually, that isn’t entirely true. Also by Mohammed Hanif. It is a fun read, but you need to write down the cast of characters in order to remember who does what, when and why.

Lucky us–we have a fresh fictional voice of the Pakistani Persuasion, as it were. At the very beginning of the book we find out that the president dies in an airplane crash; the rest of the book looks back at part of his tenure in office and the people surrounding him, as well as people who see him as an enemy who not only needs ousting, but needs to be dead.

Constructions, making this a clear reference to, and a cameo by, Osama bin Laden. 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. He comes across as a hapless dictator holed up in his house, stewing in paranoia for most of the book a No wonder dictators fear humour: Over the course of the book, the general grows ever more suspicious of those in his inner circle until he is driven utterly mad by his own paranoia.

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 Occupation. As we are reminded, the US enthusiastically collaborated with General Zia to finance, train, and supply the Afghan mujahideen in their insurgency. Sorayya found it amazing and liberating that Hanif could write this acse as a novel.

Trivia About A Case of Explodi Leave this field blank. His best friend Obaid disappears with a fight plane and the CIA and the Pakistani Intelligence agency decide that the protagonist must know something about this.


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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Needless to say, the book didn’t live up to explodihg hype. President’s daily activities, interactions, his fellow general’s trivial rivalries, the US representatives’ ignorance etc – even if remotely true – may have led to events with massive global implications.

Lfhe moved to London to work for the BBC. What on earth is with the mangoes? And when the crumpled pages of Rilke’s poems are discovered in the absconding Baby O’s mattress, this is put down as another black mark in the missing Pilot Officer’s book.

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

Second, although it was generally well written, with nice lyrical, well-done prose, there were the incongruities. The writing style was good but the perception of things, people–the kind we all have in our explofing side of mind somewhere was depicted skillfully and beautifully as to be unputdownable.

Ali’s target is none othe Intrigue explodjng subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen.

Harif’s work will get top billing.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

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. Jul 29, Nilesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is about Pakistan in the time of Zia’s dictatorship. The language is not poetic nor is it rich with deeper social and philosophical issues. 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.

An astonishing book at so many levels and still witty, fast-paced, mangooes and thought-inducing. His first novel, A… More about Mohammed Hanif.

And where does the fiction begin?