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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The obligatory but satisfying satirical inversions are typified by the dictator’s head resting on a Pakistani flag while his buttocks are pointed at a Saudi doctor’s probing fingers. Strangelove, and just as the Kubrick film crystallized the edploding of nuclear escalation into an archetypal cast of idiots-who-run-the-world, Mangoes provides the necessary update. What they don’t know Roses are red.

Books by Mohammed Hanif. However, several investigations have failed to pinpoint the cause of the crash, and to this day, it is the subject of speculation.

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The detail is rich, the prose resonant. Pakistan’s president Zia-ul-Haq gets killed in a flight explosion and the novel goes back to tell you the why, what and how.

Mohammed Hanif is a marvellous storyteller, creating a suspenseful plot that will keep you alert until the last page of the book. I need to start reading the backs of books.

The sexual references throughout the novel as well as explodimg political aspects of the plot must have been difficult for orthodox Pakistan readership – just how many ways can one plan to kill a president?


Over the course of the book, the general grows ever more suspicious of those in his inner circle until he is driven utterly mad by his own paranoia.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

He controlled the tremendously great ISI and falls resentfully second in importance, command, and control to General Zia ul Haq. Not without reason it has been nominated for so many prizes.

Ali attends the Pakistani Air Force Academy with his fellow cadets and their instructors. His first novel, A… More about Mohammed Hanif. This country is khaki Turning my loneliness into solitue You want freedom and they give you chicken korma Be it the land or exoloding rivers, it’s all under our wings Soldier just soldier on This book was recomm You can blame mangoez men in uniform for anything but you can never blame them for being imaginative God’s glory.

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Inmangofs moved to London to work for the BBC. He resigned his commission to become a journalist, first in Pakistan, and then with the BBC in London. Jul 02, Naeem rated it it was ok Recommends it for: A case of exploding mangos 25 85 May 06, The central character is Ali Shigri, an officer in the Pakistani army, like his father before him.

Mahmoud Abdel-Rasoul It’s the same quoted text from the Quran that expploding explained or ‘translated’ in chapter 2 Jonah’s prayer.

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. Most Recent Photo Essay. Caee after a smooth take-off, the control tower loses contact with the aircraft. It was again a very well written book. A mixture of the genuine historical figures, Pakistan’s General Zia through to the fictitious narrator Ali Shigri the author has managed to produce a satire that, along with some genuine laugh out loud comic moments, made this a very good read that should stand the test of time.


But it is the humour and comical turns that make this a good read – the scene when Gen Zia requires a meeting with a doctor to asceertain the reason for a “private” itch, at the party when the CIA chief puts his hand on the shoulder of the attendee simply called OBL! To look at those days past from maangoes eyes of Ali Shigri, the protagonist, is like looking at a cell from a microscope and realizing how much we were actually missing out on.

Casse, as the book would tell you, and then a few more. However, the intense heat generated within the wreck of the C left barely any human remains, and General Zia was identified only by his teeth.

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You’re told this happens on the first page. May 29, Miriam Cihodariu rated it really liked it Shelves: Military aircraft stunts provide gizmo glamour Hanif is a trained airforce pilot.

The descriptions of the Americans arriving for the Texas – Afghan fancy dress dinner at the embassy are great – of explodiny everyone came in Afghani dress – mixed politics, social commentary and sexual innuendo.

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