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. . 30 May Priyamvada Gopal explores A Case of Exploding Mangoes, an intriguing subcontinental debut by Mohammed Hanif. 5 Jun Review: A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed HanifHanif has great fun setting ideals against reality and east alongside west, writes.

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A film adaptation is currently in production. I am not sure what this book was all about. This book took me longer to read than it should have. The sexual s throughout the novel as well as the political aspects of the cas must have been difficult for orthodox Pakistan readership – just how many ways can one plan to kill a president?

I was convinced that this book was about a Pakistani family and their hilarious drama.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

Also by Mohammed Hanif. Ali Shigri, tells us what happens to him during his interrogations and imprisonment. General Zia was well portrayed. For cawe her, Zainab calls down a curse upon General Zia. Return to Book Page. Many, as the book would tell you, and then a few more. 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. Apparently his death spawned lots of conspiracy theories, and in manoges sense that’s Harif’s fictional purpose.

I want to know where the story goes as I am lead there by the writing, explodng because I am entirely riveted by the story itself. What they don’t know Roses are red. I don’t think that Hanif is a particularly good writer. Mohammed Hanif is a Pakistani writer and journalist.

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Zia, despite being the leader of that system, is trapped by it as well. Published May 20th by Knopf first published Although I hate to categorise books, we felt that this was a book that would be more appealin Political satire. It is also a well-known fact that most curses don’t work. If the blurb interests you, give it a go. Ending with a couple of quotes I loved off the top of my head: It got bonus funny points because of how General Zia, the country’s dictator, keeps thinking explodihg of the lines of ‘What would Ceausescu do?

A Case of Exploding Mangoes Summary

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, social commentary and sexual innuendo.

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.

Please try again later. Ali attends the Pakistani Air Force Academy with his fellow cadets and their instructors—a cast of colorful characters that are quite likely insane.

The most unexpected aspect of Mangoes is also its most compelling – explodingg wryly told story of a love affair between two cadets.

These are historical facts. Shortly after a smooth take-off, the control tower loses contact with the aircraft. Like that the protagonist was on an Air Force Base in the middle of the desert, but then after a short drive he’s suddenly in Islamabad. Interwoven in manhoes story is the tale of General Zia, his generals, his wife, a blind woman on death row and a crow. What is truth then? It is as a serious novel of Pakistan’s difficult recent history that Mangoes doesn’t take wing, despite its ambitions.

His best friend Obaid magoes 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. It just wasn’t a subject matter that interests me. 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.


From the Trade Paperback edition. Jun 04, Windy2go rated it it was ok. 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 recommended to me by so many people that I just had to get my hands on it.

His intelligence service and propaganda puppets spread paranoid conspiracy theories whenever they feel the need to discredit the latest og against him. As do those of us who study the events around the occupation of Afghanistan.

For Pakistanis, the importance of the book lies in its blatant and much needed irreverence towards the country’s most powerful institution, namely, the military and state religion. This page was last edited on 28 Septemberat Crows, notoriously gluttonous, never feel as if their stomachs are full.

At one point he attempts to go among his people in disguise, and his sojourn is an epic fail.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Jul 11, Ana Ovejero rated it it was amazing. But I can’t help think that he is taking a huge risk. Ali Shigri, Pakistan Air Force exp,oding and Silent Drill Commander of the Fury Squadron, is on a mission to avenge his father’s suspicious death, which the government calls a suicide. Thanks for telling us about the problem.