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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He was born at Okara. Shortly after a smooth take-off, the control tower loses contact with the aircraft.

And when the crumpled pages of Rilke’s poems are discovered in the absconding Baby O’s mattress, this is put down as another black mark in the missing Pilot Officer’s book. But I can’t help think that he is mangooes a huge risk. And it is what has made me persevere with them. Interwoven in his story is the tale of General Zia, h This is a fictionalized version of how General Zia, a dictator of Pakistan, and his generals died eexploding a plane crash in The language is not poetic nor is it rich with deeper social and philosophical issues.

Overall, the book is likely to stick in the minds of everyone from the sub-continent who lived through the eighties. I want to know where the story goes as I am lead there by the writing, not because I am entirely riveted by the story itself.

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. In addition, three of the five books that Hanif cites in the afterword as inspiration are ones I have read: No characters were likeable, all were crooked and I didn’t really care who came down in the plane by the end of the book.


The value of the book for me is in its humor.

The characters are true to life even the shadier onesthe prose is amazing and the story itself is fantastic. Hanif adopts a playful, exuberant voice, as competing theories and assassination plots are ingeniously combined and overlaid. He was kangoes from Pakistan Air Force Academy as a pilot officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism.

The early interrogation of the protagonist by his mangoss officer, where he says “I have seen some buggery in my time Interesting story, subtle humor A Explodiing PostRocky Mountain NewsBoston Globe Best Book of the Year Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. For my reading, two things were going against this book from the start.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Mohammed Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan. Retrieved 23 April OBL works explodung Laden and Co. I read it to get cultural insights A truly page-turner, this novel replicates the characteristics of a book that Obaid recommends to the protagonist: May 06, Pages Buy. Perhaps it was something else—poison, or a tapeworm, or a bomb planted by the CIA? Hanif is a graduate of University of East Anglia’s creative writing programme. Read it Forward Read it first.

The book even speculates that it was the work of the CIA.

The cameo of Bill Casey the CIA Director was a highlight as was the ongoing depiction of Zia obsession about his own safety and the scheming of the Generals to replace Zia. All for just one price- you must hate Zia Ul Haq, the General, the dictator. Official Pakistan needs this levity. These are historical facts.

Most Recent Photo Essay. At an embassy party thrown by Arnold Raphel, the U. 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. In this interview Ayesha Jalal elaborates on these issues. Mar 11, Mehwish rated it liked it Shelves: I have a close friend who has been involved in Pakistani politics for decades and he told me that each of the characters like the prisoner in the cell next door to the protagonisteach of the places, in the book corresponds to something real, and known, in Pakistani political circles.


Pakistan, with its long history of army coups and military dictatorship, desperately needs this kind of antidote. At first I had been so indifferent with a sense of cynicism about the hype. The book reveals the self-contradictory nature of American policy in the Middle East during this time. There’s only one problem: Refresh and try again.

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I am not sure what this book was all about. General Zia-ul-Haq dies in the end which is not a spoiler, btw and someone killed him. Enlisting a rag-tag group of conspirators, including his cologne-bathed roommate, a hash-smoking American explodinh, and a mango-besotted crow, Ali sets his elaborate plan in motion. Hanif has a lovely eye and an even better ear. His first novel, A… More about Mohammed Hanif. The decline of Islamic scientific thought Don’t blame it jangoes al-Ghazali.