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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Although, I started procastinating in the last 70 pages for God knows why.

This novel depicts the reasons behind those events, having as a narrator a young soldier who has a grudge with the government, which apparently is the responsible for his father’s death. In addition, three of the five books that Hanif cites in the afterword as inspiration are ones I have read: 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’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 The inevitable comparison here is to Dr.

This book has mouldered at the 1 spot on my to-read list for four years. Fed on a steady diet of cultural oppositions, we’ve become less resistant to syndicated morality tales than we might be.

And it is what has made me persevere with them. He graduated from the Pakistan Air Force Academy as Pilot Officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism. A Case of Exploding Mangoes takes place during a period of time about which I have little knowledge: To ask other readers questions about A Case of Exploding Mangoesplease sign up.


His rule is largely responsible for the upsurge of Islamic extremism that has shaken Pakistan and the caxe region. The book is designed to get you to turn the pages, which it does exceedingly well.

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And, of course, the time, place, and themes are very close to home for us. Subscribe to our newsletter. Interwoven in his story is the tale of General Zia, his generals, his wife, a blind woman on death row and a crow. As various plots hatch, the crow carrying Zainab’s curse flies inexorably towards its quarry.

Enlisting a rag-tag group of conspirators, including his cologne-bathed roommate, a hash-smoking American lieutenant, and a mango-besotted crow, Ali mangods his elaborate plan in motion. He was committed to enforcing his interpretation of Nizam-e-Mustafa “Rule of the prophet” Explodigi.

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During his mangos Zia was credited for the ‘ Islamization ‘ of Pakistan. View all 4 comments. Needless to say, the book didn’t live up to the hype.

My first Pakistani book. Several other characters are involved including his gay room mate, certain American CIA officials and folk from high up the Pakistani political ladder.

The language of migrants Being a stranger in a second language. Hanif himself refers to it as an “alleged novel” page Everything builds towards a final, climactic chapter in which Zia boards a booby-trapped plane, gets poisoned, and suffers from a tapeworm eating his internal organs.


In a sense, it is reminiscent of Joseph Heller’s iconic “Catch 22”, the bitterly satirical anti-war bestseller from the Sixties.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Mohammed Hanif weaves two parallel narratives. The central theme of the book is a fictitious story behind the real life plane crash which killed General Ziapresident of Pakistan from toabout which there are many conspiracy theories.

A savage satire, it skewers General Zia and the coterie of officers and sycophants who ruled Pakistan from until when a mysterious plane crash rid the country of this dictator.

I loved this book. They are also wayward creatures, their movement can never be predicted. What they don’t know Roses are red.

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Repression against journalists A world of Khashoggis. It treats its American characters with gentle, even warm-hearted, irony.

Rather an odd book. Retrieved from ” https: The novel does not confirm whether or not Ali was successful in his attempt to assassinate the General. Only two things are clear: What the book is really about, is the sudden firey, I need to start reading the backs of books. Intriguingly, this is the name of the current army chief who, before his promotion, was Musharraf’s chain-smoking head of the ISI.