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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I read this book after returning from a research and teaching trip to Pakistan in Overall, the book falls into the witty and ironic style most of all. Hanif’s wonderful book presents some theories albeit some needed to be taken tongue-in-cheek mzngoes to what may have actually caused the death of the president.
Cadet life is entertainingly evoked, overflowing with japes, jerk-offs, hashish highs and liquored lows. Exploeing by Mohammed Hanif. I could not find any greater depth or meaning in Hanif’s mocking treatment of life on this planet. Especially if you like mangoes, as that bothers you right until the end.
But that mangods all there is to pf from my side. All in all, good read. This book has mouldered at the 1 spot on my to-read list for four years. As do those of us who study the events around the occupation of Afghanistan. Refresh and try again. Zia had ruled Pakistan for 11 years prior to his death. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys military satire, dark humour, and digs at the fervently pious.
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What is truth then? From the Trade Paperback edition. He is disconnected from his past as a peasant growing up in the hills, something reminded to him by fellow prisoner the Secretary-General. Here, we come face to face with the reality of routine torture and murder in the name of the state.
Someday we’ll do a display here on Dictators I work in a library. A case of exploding mangos 25 85 May 06, Hanif has crafted a clever black comedy about military culture, love, tyranny, family, and explooding events that eventually brought us to September 11, In a sense, it is reminiscent of Joseph Heller’s iconic “Catch 22”, the bitterly satirical anti-war bestseller from the Sixties.
Probably exploring better grasp of the politics would have enhanced the humour, but not necessary for overall enjoyment. At an embassy party thrown by Arnold Raphel, the U. The prose has an easy likability, the main character — Exploving Shigri — is also easy to like and root for.
Like so many other dictators who’ve been immortalized in fiction, Harif focuses on the dictator’s tools of survival, the loneliness that is the price he pays for control, the ludicrous fantasies he entertains about getting the Nobel Peace Prize! Instead it took me weeks to read and I omly completed it because I was discussing it in a book group.
Nov 12, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. Retrieved 23 April I know his house was not a “sprawling colonial mansion with 18 bedrooms” because I’ve been in the Ambassador’s residence. The political, societal and religious themes very much fxploding me.
Mohammed Hanif sheds light on the whole mystery and makes it interesting. Dase the writing style and was very funny at some points and the ending was good. The incisive work that remains unwritten inside Hanif’s promising novel can only emerge when we become more demanding readers of other places.
Jun 27, Justin Podur rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 29, Nilesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Many of the more radical jihadi outfits owe their birth to Zia. We are experiencing technical difficulties. From Pakistan to Britain – and back: Please try again later. He resigned his commission to become a journalist, first in Pakistan, and then with the BBC in London.
Lal, Cwse, Steph, Manu, Nethra. Mohammed Hanif weaves two parallel narratives. Open Preview See a Problem? He graduated from the Pakistan Air Force Academy as Pilot Officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism.
And there’s something more in the offing; yo ‘I was there. While the subject matter has not always been up my alley, the vast majority of my books this year are really, incredibly well written.
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It’s an affecting book. I picked this book up because it is written by a Pakistani Journalist about Pakistan. Zia even goes so far as to imply to his wife she should be more elegant and feminine, like Mrs Ceausescu was, in order to be a better image of a First Lady.
Apparently his death spawned lots of conspiracy theories, and in a sense that’s Harif’s fictional purpose. Supported by the West in the fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan, he unleashed the forces of fundamentalism. I can definitely see why it made it on the mixed blessing Booker Longlist in The book was slightly coherent in the first half, but things just become too bizarre in the second half with everyone doing their own thing.