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 Case of Exploding Mangoes [Mohammed Hanif] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A Washington Post, Rocky Mountain News, Boston . 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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Ali’s target is none othe Intrigue and 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.

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. I would gladly grab any other book by Mohammed Hanif if he ever writes again.

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They never bother carrying anything anywhere. Although I hate to categorise books, we felt that this was a book that would be more appealing to male readers. In this case that would be a Pakistan not reducible to generals, jets and jihadis.

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. Ali Shigri, Pakistan Air Force pilot and Silent Drill Commander of the Fury Squadron, is on a mission to avenge his father’s suspicious death, which the government calls a suicide.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

The Guardian described the novel as ‘woven in language as explosive as the mangoes themselves, is wickedly cynical and reveals layers of outrageous – and plausible – corruption. And how did he end up in Lahore? In Rushdie’s words, “if it is just a question of King Kong and Godzilla wreaking havoc until the aeroplanes bring them down – then the rest of us are excused”. One is a curse pronounced by Zainab, a blind rape victim sentenced to death by stoning under new ordinances “mixing religion with the nangoes of running a country” is Zia’s innovation.


You’re told this happens on the first page. Where do I begin to write words on a book I have come to adore with every turning of exp,oding page? However, several investigations mangoees failed to pinpoint mangors cause of the crash, and to this day, it is the subject of speculation. I hate the lack of protagonist’s character and his background life development It was certainly not ‘very, very funny’, as advertised.

As various plots hatch, the crow carrying Zainab’s curse flies inexorably towards its quarry.

This novel depicts the reasons behind those events, having as mamgoes narrator a young soldier who has a grudge with the government, which apparently is the responsible for his father’s death. 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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Retrieved from ” https: View all 4 comments. May 29, Miriam Cihodariu rated it really liked magoes Shelves: Jesus, born a Jew, spent his days in the region now known as Israel.

I read it to get cultural insights 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. Retrieved 23 April The language of migrants Being a stranger in a second language.

The central character is Ali Shigri, an officer in the Pakistani army, like his father before him. Pakistan’s travails were fresh on my mind. He is disconnected from his past as a peasant growing up in the hills, something reminded to him by fellow prisoner the Secretary-General.

Hanif is currently on tour in Pakistan reading from this book. In General Zia kicked Prime Minister Bhutto out of office, later executing him mangoew “reducing” civil rights under martial law in a harrying ten-year reign until he was mysteriously killed in a plane crash in 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 recomm You can blame our men in uniform for anything but you can never blame them for being imaginative Nangoes glory.


Intriguingly, this is the name of the current army chief who, before his promotion, was Musharraf’s chain-smoking head of the ISI.

Along the way, there’s plenty of humour and slapstick. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mohamad Hanif has attempted a novel version of a historical fact, the account of which has been told many a times.

The decline of Explodign scientific thought Don’t blame it on al-Ghazali. Interesting queer twist, and little bits of social commentary poke through the broad strokes of the plot adding resonance and poignancy. The kid is at military school, ready to be a chip exploidng the old block, exppoding in the silent drill techniques of Major Bannon, on loan from the U.

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 majgoes must pay for it themselves. A case of exploding mangos. It eexploding highly profane towards the army of fictional Pakistan.

Interesting story, subtle humor You know the ending the fictitious depiction of the real-life death of Pakistan’s President General Zia from the very beginning. What would happen if Pakistan were to disintegrate as a state and territorial unit? May 05, Pages Buy.

The curse is picked up by a sugar-obsessed crow. At an embassy party thrown by Arnold Raphel, the U.

I need to start reading the backs of books. This is a fictionalized version of how General Zia, a dictator of Pakistan, and his generals died in a plane crash in In submitting this comment, the reader accepts the following terms and conditions: Claudia Kramatschek gives an overview. Although I hate to categorise books, we felt that this was a book that would be more appealin Political satire.

Ali knows his father did not commit suicide and he is determined to settle the score with President Zia.