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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There were some slightly funny moments in the book, but it was by no means a great book on political satire. 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.

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The characters are true to life even the shadier onesthe prose is amazing and the story itself is fantastic. Di sini ada dua watak utama – satu watak benar yang difiksyenkan, iaitu Jeneral Zia-ul-Haq dan satu lagi, watak fiksyen yang dibenarkan, iaitu Ali Shigri – dan dua-dua watak ini mempunyai sisi gelap tersendiri – sisi gelap yang cuba diputihkan atau sisi gelap yang cuba disembunyikan.

In addition, three of the five books that Hanif cites in the afterword as inspiration are ones I have read: And yes, the book had a lot of metaphors and witty dialog which I enjoyed reading immensely. I found myself yearning to learn what crazy decision Zia would make next.

This book is unique because it has Islamic and religious comic elements in it that i think is its added beauty. The language is not poetic nor is it rich with deeper social and philosophical issues.


I can definitely see why it made it on the mixed blessing Booker Longlist in Lucky us–we have a fresh fictional voice of the Pakistani Persuasion, as it were. Unless elected politicians get their act together, there is a real danger that Hanif’s “Major Kiyani” will heed the siren call, and drive his tank to Islamabad’s Presidency. Intriguingly, this is the name of the current army chief who, before his promotion, was Musharraf’s chain-smoking head of the ISI.

Mohammed Hanif is a marvellous storyteller, creating a suspenseful plot that will keep you alert until the last page of the book. Hanif has a lovely eye and an even better ear. Interesting story, subtle humor And for the few few chapters, I was enthralled.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

I am not sure what this book was all about. Mengapa hubungan antara dua lelaki yang akrab selalu dilihat dengan kaca mata Barat – homoseksualiti?

Also by Mohammed Hanif. He fights with his wife and takes every opportunity to leer at non-Muslim cleavage. He has taken territory in desperate need of satire—General Zia, the military, Pakistan at the time of the Soviet-Afghan war—and made it undeniably his own.

Ali is trapped within a system just as oppressive as exoloding Soviet government against which Pakistan fights. He has written for stage, film and BBC Radio. Shigri is a drill commander though, and drill bores me. Learning from experience is for losers.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

But in the end, I didn’t like it. For Sorayya, the book’s brilliance lay in a barely fictionalized reworking of actual history and with actual characters who are named as such.

Zia’s frenzied readings of the Koran cause consternation among his subordinates, while there are multiple possibilities for attempts on his life. He controlled the tremendously great ISI fo falls resentfully second in importance, command, and control to General Zia ul Haq. The main character is Ali Shagri, whose father has committed suicide under suspicious circumstances. Hard to top that. May 06, Pages Buy.


Interesting queer twist, and little bits of social commentary poke through the broad strokes of the plot adding resonance and poignancy. Plus, while I think the book was written to be a SATIRE of Pakistani politics, prison, and the mantoes of the mamgoes, I don’t know where to laugh and where to grimmace, so I just grimmaced a lot. Enlisting a rag-tag group of conspirators, including his cologne-bathed roommate, a hash-smoking American lieutenant, and a mango-besotted crow, Ali sets his elaborate plan in motion.

His best friend Obaid disappears with a fight plane and the CIA and the Pakistani Intelligence agency decide that the protagonist must know something about this.

Unflattering portraits of General Zia’s clique Zia ul-Haq’s rule saw the growth in power of Islamic extremism in Pakistan. Although A Case of Exploding Mangoes is based on actual people and incidents, for much of the book nothing happens that probably really happened. At an embassy party thrown by Arnold Raphel, the U. Military things bore me. To me, as a Romanian, all of this stuff is hilarious. What they don’t know Roses are red. At one point he attempts to go among his people in disguise, and his sojourn is an epic fail.