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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In how many ways can you possibly explodijg a dictator? Just not really my kind of book. Mar 11, Mehwish rated it liked it Shelves: The title of the book is taken from the fact that shortly before Zia boarded his special plane at an army base, a case of mangoes was delivered to accompany the general.

Official Pakistan needs this levity. He even goes so far as to steal a plane for the job, but in doing so, he accidentally lands Ali in prison at Lahore Fort, a torture center.

So I spent the first 30 pages reading waiting for this to start, then read the back of the book. Christians believe that he was crucified at Golgotha outside Jerusalem — only to rise from the dead three days later. As do those of us who study the events around the occupation of Afghanistan.

Quotes from A Case of Explodi Even though it sounds gloomy, the book is casf at times. 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.


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 mqngoes. At first glance, Ali is a self-entitled, somewhat cocky young man who thinks he has it all figured out.

Topics Guardian first book award Pakistan, barely 40 years into its existence, groans beneath the military bureaucracy driving the country forward. Unflattering portraits of General Ezploding clique Zia ul-Haq’s rule saw the growth in power of Islamic extremism in Pakistan.

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Leave this field blank. Published May 20th by Knopf first published Meanwhile, Major Kiyani appears on the scene, intending to torture Ali.

As various plots hatch, the crow carrying Zainab’s curse flies inexorably towards its quarry. Hanif has written a historical novel with an eerie timeliness. Although often hilarious, the book has a serious purpose: Zia’s frenzied readings of the Koran cause consternation among his subordinates, while there are multiple possibilities for attempts on his life. What the book is really about, is the sudden firey, I need to start reading the backs of books.

But the humor of the book does not match or balance its vacant darkness. I am not a great lover of satirical novels – to be quite honest I often don’t get them! Anyone thinking of applying for the job of unhinged, religious dictator should read it first.

To ask other readers questions about A Case of Exploding Mangoesplease sign up. This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat I am sure that this book will feel like the summer rains after too many years of humid heat in Pakistan.


While there, Ali listens to the screams of his tortured fellow prisoners and talks via a hole in the wall with the “Secretary General” who has been in solitary confinement there for nine years.

Belongs in a tradition that includes Catch, but it also calls to mind the biting comedy of Philip Roth. The death of the dictator of Pakistan General Zia alongside explodong his high-ranked officers plus the US embassador has intrigued people since the day it happened.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Is this also Pakistan? One is a mangies pronounced by Zainab, a blind rape victim sentenced to death by stoning under new ordinances “mixing religion with the business of running a country” is Zia’s innovation.

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But Baby O concocts a new plot to kill the General by crashing a plane kamikaze-style down on top of him. There were some slightly funny moments in the book, but it was by no means a great book on political satire. 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 x 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 mngoes to be dead.