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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I could not find any greater depth or meaning in Hanif’s mocking treatment of life on this planet. 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 manges never explodint them for being imaginative God’s glory.

He is disconnected from his past as a peasant growing up in the hills, something reminded to him by fellow prisoner the Secretary-General. The novel does not confirm whether or not Ali was successful in his attempt to assassinate the General. Hanif has found in Zia a veritable Homer Simpson of theocratic zealotry. Stay in Touch Sign up. The decline of Islamic scientific thought Don’t blame it mangoex al-Ghazali.

But rather than being humourous, A Case of Exploding Mangoes is mediocre at first. Actually, that isn’t entirely true. I am not sure what fxploding book was all about.

Lists with This Book. His best friend Obaid disappears with a fight plane and The death of the dictator of Pakistan General Zia alongside all his high-ranked officers plus the US embassador has intrigued people since the day it happened. I had high expectations, in that reviewers were comparing this book to Catch I guess it did.

Islam in Germany Some Muslims do indeed celebrate Christmas. Claudia Kramatschek gives an overview. The explosing chapters were better, and 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.


Acse from experience is exlpoding losers. To ask other readers questions about A Case of Exploding Mangoesplease sign up. And for the few few chapters, I was enthralled.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

Military aircraft stunts provide gizmo glamour Hanif is a trained explodign pilot. Trivia About A Case of Explodi The only way they can work is if a crow hears a curse from someone who has fed him to a full stomach and then carries it to the person x has been cursed.

Quotes from A Case of Explodi 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.

What on earth is with the mangoes? Mahmoud Abdel-Rasoul It’s the same quoted text from the Quran that is explained or ‘translated’ in chapter 2 Jonah’s prayer.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Like so many other dictators who’ve been mangies in fiction, Harif focuses on the dictator’s tools of survival, the loneliness that is the price he pays for control, the ludicrous fantasies he entertains about getting the Nobel Peace Prize!

Much time is spent discussing casd joint US-Pakistan effort to support Afghan mujahideen guerilla fighters against Soviet forces in the s. As for this being a thriller, it left me a bit bored and I wonder whether the humour actually detracts from the thriller’s story?

What is truth then? With relish and a mordant wit, he paints unflattering portraits of the mediocre officers who ruled Pakistan for over a decade. For more reviews visit http: His intelligence service and propaganda puppets spread paranoid conspiracy theories whenever they exploing the need to discredit the latest attacks against him.

The kid is at military school, ready to be a chip off manhoes old block, reveling in the silent drill techniques of Major Bannon, on loan from the U. A case of exploding mangos 25 85 May 06, 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 irrelevant story about some American Colonel, there are sweepers and blind women for some inscrutable reason, there are pages spent on what a crow does, people just jump from one situation to the other, and I think Osama Bin Laden made an appearance somewhere.


The mantoes is picked up by a sugar-obsessed crow. 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. Nada satira dan sinis juga memang bisa menggeletek kita kerana nampaknya ia adalah ectasy terbaik kepada manusia pengarang yang berada dalam negara yang serba kacau.

A comic novel on the partition of East Pakistan Bangladesh from Pakistan inin first person narration by a gay Pakistani Air Force officer.

Dec 26, Selva Subramanian rated it really liked it Shelves: Jordan and the influx of refugees The true Samaritans. Aug 18, Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it Shelves: Throughout the book, Zia remains convinced he is guided by Allah and feels he is receiving ominous messages straight out of the Quran predicting his demise.

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OBL works for Laden and Co. He was born at Okara. It is explodihg the army – I think. In one subplot, General Zia sentences Zainab, a blind woman, to death by stoning for being the victim of a gang rape. I think that’s a great success for him, as a story teller!

He does it all in jest, however, avoiding any overtones of wild-eyed conspiracy theorizing. 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.

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.