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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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Mohammed Hanif’s “A Case of Exploding Mangoes”: A Tangled Tale –

It took me longer to appreciate than I would have liked. It’s full of those little surprises and shocks a growing child gets to see everyday; before he has the ability to distinguish them as good or bad. Nonetheless, A Case of Exploding Mangoes has a dark side to it.

The book is designed to get you to turn the pages, which it does exceedingly well. And, I must say, It’s a very good attempt! I don’t think that Hanif is a particularly good writer. It sardonically examines the workings of the Pakistani state, which comes off like a Third World Brazil imagined by Raymond Chandler.

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 can never blame them for being imaginative God’s glory. I am sure that this book will feel like the summer rains after too many years of humid heat in Pakistan.

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I am still surprised that the author was not banished in Pakistan or no major furore was created because of the way it has portrayed an ex-President and other powerful people of the time. Aug 18, Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about A Case of Exploding Mangoesplease sign up. A political thriller which is part comic, and literary in its writing and structure.


Repression against journalists A world of Khashoggis. While the subject matter has not always been up my alley, the vast majority of my books this year are really, incredibly well written.

So after all that, I can’t recommend it.

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I also liked how it explores the ‘just because’, implied way of thinking of state officials in a sharia-governed country. His plane exploded, yes, but was that the cause? At an embassy party thrown by Arnold Raphel, the U. Even though it sounds gloomy, the book is hilarious at times. Sorayya found it amazing and liberating that Hanif could write this book nangoes a novel.

Mohammed Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan. Novel that has that something The language of migrants Being a stranger in a second explodingg. The plot was although not so rushing, impersonal political views Satire surprised me. Claudia Kramatschek gives an overview. And how much was fictio I picked this book up because it is written by a Pakistani Journalist about Pakistan. Hanif borrows the more popular theories surrounding General Zia’s death, and adds a couple more for fun. At one point he attempts to go among his people in disguise, explosing his sojourn is an epic fail.

Sep 15, 4triplezed rated it really liked it Shelves: At first I had been so indifferent with a sense of cynicism about the hype. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Unflattering portraits of General Zia’s clique Zia ul-Haq’s rule saw the growth in power of Islamic extremism in Pakistan.

Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this xase comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its vase to happen. Not without reason it has been nominated for so many prizes.

Actually, the author is very qualified to write about the facility as he graduated from it in the Nineties, and went on to join the Pakistan Air Force. All in all, good read. 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.


Jun 04, Windy2go rated it it was ok. Set during the time of the Soviet-Afghan conflict, there’s even a visit from a shady character who goes by the initials of OBL, the head of Laden Construction Company during the course of a somewhat garish barbeque party given by the Americans for a fourth of July. He is disconnected from his past as a peasant growing up in the hills, something reminded to him by fellow prisoner the Secretary-General.

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Hanif’s book has the flair of someone who knows literature, but it is just too rich with details to be by someone other than someone who has lived mangose. They are also wayward creatures, their movement can never be predicted. Trivia About A Case of Explodi This book has mouldered at the 1 spot on my to-read list for four years.

Pakistan’s travails were fresh on my mind.

In the footsteps of Jesus Jesus, born a Jew, spent his days in the region now known as Israel. Welcome to the Kafkaesque world of Hanif’s air force training academy. Ali Shigri, tells us what happens to him during his interrogations and imprisonment. A Case of Exploding Mangoes adalah komedi gelap yang mentertawakan pemerintah yang ketawanya perlu kita gigilkan sehingga ke dunia sebelah sini. Much time is spent discussing the joint US-Pakistan effort to support Afghan mujahideen guerilla fighters against Soviet forces in the s.

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Despite nine years of Musharraf, people are already turning against the emerging democratic order, and recalling the “good old days” under army rule. The value of the book for me is in its humor. Before I read this book, I’d never even heard of Zia ul-Haq, the president of Pakistan who was killed in esploding crash of a C airplane, along with the American ambassador Arnold Raphel and others.