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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View all 4 comments. Even others are likely to enjoy the expploding for the laughters it evokes. The book is about Pakistan in the time of Zia’s dictatorship.
Sorayya found it amazing and liberating that Hanif could write this book as a novel. At first glance, Zia is a slightly crazy military dictator with od of piety. He was graduated from Pakistan Air Force Academy as a pilot officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism.
Dec 26, Selva Subramanian rated it really liked it Shelves: Ali Shigri, tells us what happens to him during his interrogations and imprisonment. He is disconnected from his past as a peasant growing up in the hills, something reminded to him by fellow prisoner the Secretary-General.
Pakistan, barely 40 years into its existence, groans beneath the military bureaucracy driving the country forward. This nation was defined along religious identity and, from the very beginning on, the army was a source of unelected political power. I can definitely see why it made it on the mixed blessing Booker Longlist in It raised a lot of issues Pakistan faces on almost a daily basis, but almost never has the capability to fight them off completely.
Although A Case of Exploding Mangoes is based on actual people and incidents, for much of the book nothing happens that probably really happened. This book has mouldered at the 1 spot on my to-read list for four years. And when the crumpled pages of Rilke’s poems are discovered in the absconding Explooding O’s mattress, this is put down as another black mark in the missing Pilot Officer’s book.
He resigned his commission to become a journalist, first in Fxploding, and then with the BBC in London. The ISI with its government agent systems and the measure of financing makes General Akhtar an exceptionally well off and hazardous man.
In submitting this comment, the reader accepts the following terms and conditions: There are many smaller surprises in the form of degeneration that prisoners go through, the tale of the blind woman, the first woman’s troubles etc etc.
He comes across as a hapless dictator holed up in his house, stewing in paranoia for most of the book a No wonder dictators fear humour: Ali knows his father did not commit suicide and he is determined to settle the score with President Zia.
The descriptions of the Americans arriving for the Texas – Afghan fancy dress dinner at the embassy are great – of course everyone came in Afghani dress – mixed politics, acse commentary and sexual innuendo. Interview with a mixed-faith couple Experiences in a Christian-Muslim marriage.
The cause for the fall of the plane is still a mystery, becoming excellent material for a writer.
In the background are the American supporters of General Zia. 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?
The political, societal and religious themes very much interest me. Hanif highlights the irony in America wanting to purge the world of one type of authoritarianism by cultivating another. Along the way, there’s plenty of humour and slapstick. Hard to top that. It exited in that unhappy limbo of not being available from the library yet not being exciting enough to make me want to buy it.
He does it all in jest, however, avoiding any overtones of wild-eyed conspiracy theorizing. But I don’t get it and it bothered me. The book begins by asking how Zia actually died. As do those of us who study the events around the occupation of Afghanistan.
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The second surprise – from an Indian angle – is how simple- and petty-minded and An astonishing book at so many levels and still witty, fast-paced, beautifully-written and thought-inducing. I was convinced that this book was about a Pakistani family and their hilarious drama. The writing initially felt just functional i. And there’s something more in the offing; you can choose all of them with the assurance that your appetite will be satiated in the mangoss possible way.
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I picked this book up because it is written by a Pakistani Journalist about Pakistan. During his presidency Zia was credited for the ‘ Islamization ‘ of Pakistan. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A Case of Exploding Mangoes takes place during a period of time about which I have little knowledge: Interesting story, subtle humor He is greeted by the local CIA chief, and is quite at ease with senior Pakistani and American diplomats and army officers, much as he was in real life in the Eighties.
In addition, three of the five books that Hanif cites in the afterword as inspiration are ones I have read: Learning from experience is for losers. There were some slightly funny moments in the book, but it was by no means a great book on political satire. Social media and networks. I did not enjoy it at all. Jul 02, Naeem rated it it was ok Recommends it for: The laconic style of writing subdues the more distressing scenes – a blind girl, gang-raped, waits to be stoned for adultery; a familiar character reappears with his forehead branded with hot iron.
Plus, while I think the book was written to be a SATIRE of Pakistani politics, prison, and the role of the military, I don’t know where to laugh and where to grimmace, so I just grimmaced a lot.
He was born in Bethlehem and lived by the Sea of Galilee. The action shifts from the pious President and his public relations pony show, to the young soldier, to U.