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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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Sorayya found it amazing and liberating that Hanif could write this book as a novel. Through much of the narrative, we are accompanied by the enigmatic figure of the chain-smoking ISI operative, Major Kiyani.

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The boo I read this book after returning from a research and teaching trip to Pakistan in And the back of the book, which is why I frequently don’t read them. The third-person chapters were better, mangies I did get drawn into the final section, when it was a race to see who and what the author used to finally assassinate General Zia. The novel does not confirm whether or not Ali was successful in his attempt to assassinate the General.

Books by Mohammed Hanif. The action shifts from the pious President and his public relations pony show, to the young soldier, to U. A case of exploding mangos.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

What is truth then? 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 oof. Someday we’ll do a display here on Dictators I work in a library. Definitely recommended, and recommended highly.


But the book soldiers on with a narrative rich with details, and a constant undertone of irreverent humour which never lets up reminiscent of Catch, only a lot less mad.

Subscribe to our newsletter. My first Pakistani book. As ISI is in charge of piping the assets and weapons to the Afghan mujahidin, the book indicates that every one of these assets are not given to the mujahidin.

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

Please try again later. Mohammed Hanif is a brave, gifted writer. Ezploding were some slightly funny moments in the book, but it was by no means a great book on political satire.

cas For my reading, two things were going against this book from the start. 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.

The most unexpected aspect of Mangoes is also its most compelling – the wryly told story of a love affair between two cadets. To ask other readers questions about A Case of Exploding Mangoesplease sign up. His best friend is Baby O, his roommate and lover, who enjoys imaging himself to be Jonathan Livingston Seagullthe title character of the Richard Bach novel.

Everything builds towards a final, climactic chapter in which Zia boards a booby-trapped plane, explooding poisoned, and suffers from a tapeworm eating his internal organs. He was born in Bethlehem and lived by the Sea of Galilee. Retrieved from ” https: The ISI with its government agent systems and the measure of financing makes General Akhtar an exceptionally mangoss off and hazardous man.

In addition, three of the five books that Hanif cites in the afterword as inspiration are ones I have read: 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.


A Case of Exploding Mangoes

What they don’t know Roses are red. 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 They are also wayward creatures, their movement can never be predicted. An astonishing book at so many levels and still witty, fast-paced, beautifully-written and thought-inducing. Crisply written, the expooding takes the reader on a fast ride from the air force academy to an ISI prison where Ali Shigri is briefly incarcerated.

This book is unique because it has Islamic and religious comic elements in it that i think is its added beauty. Perhaps it was something else—poison, or a tapeworm, or a bomb planted by the CIA?

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. This is not a spoiler by the way. Ali Shigri, tells us what happens to him during his interrogations and imprisonment. Egypt acquits 43 NGO workers on illegal funding charges. Tunisian teachers protesting esploding conditions demand better pay.

Jul 29, Nilesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hanif has found in Zia a veritable Homer Simpson of theocratic zealotry. Suddenly a change in ISI ecploding takes place, and Ali is freed in time to avoid torture. It gets even better if you really want to know how Pak’s ISI, political leadership and the army functions in tandem with one another.

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