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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Read it and share your thoughts with me. A case of exploding mangos. Jordan and the influx of refugees The true Samaritans.

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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. As a thriller, the novel has plenty of reassuringly familiar characters, such as the intelligence agent who “runs the world with a packet of Dunhills, a gold lighter and an unregistered car”.

Literature in Pakistan Change and Stagnation Occur Simultaneously In Pakistan, it is impossible to make a living out of writing — those who wish to publish a book must pay for it themselves. 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.

Even others are likely to enjoy the book for the laughters it evokes. The incisive work that remains unwritten inside Hanif’s promising novel can only emerge when we become more demanding readers of other places. However, the author does not attempt to fully explore this aspect of the two cadets’ friendship, preferring to drive his narrative along on the basis of its powerful political content.


Never mind the slow start–the pace picks up, and you’ll learn plenty of South Asian history besides. This applies in particular to defamatory, racist, personal, or irrelevant comments or comments written in dialects or languages other than English. However, that is the only portion of the book that is true. I will give you her impressions after I give mine.

There is not much about Afghanistan here, but then agian, the story of that resistance can hardly be told without Pakistan’s, the US’s, and Saudi involvement. But that it all there is to it from my side.

It’s an affecting book. Hanif’s wonderful book presents some theories albeit some needed to be taken tongue-in-cheek as to what may have actually caused the death of the president.

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The death of the dictator of Pakistan General Zia alongside all explodimg high-ranked officers plus the US embassador has intrigued people since the day it happened. This is a fictionalized version of how General Zia, mangose dictator of Pakistan, and his generals died in a plane crash in Hanif has found in Zia a veritable Homer Simpson of theocratic zealotry.

Ending with a couple of quotes I loved off the top of my head: See all 4 questions about A Case of Exploding Mangoes….

There were some slightly funny moments in the book, but it was by no means a great book on political satire. Mohammed Hanif is a brave, gifted writer. Trivia About A Case of Explodi 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. While this must be fairly routine in Pakistani military academies, the subject remains taboo in a sexually repressed society.


Cuma memang ada babakan yang sedikit mengganggu. Mohammed Hanif weaves two parallel narratives.

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May 05, Pages Buy. Inhe moved to London to work for the BBC. The sons of General Zia and General Akhtar head of the ISI at the time were both ministers under Musharraf, and must have squirmed at Hanif’s treatment of their fathers. Hard to get into, and throughout I really didn’t like the POV character from the first-person chapters.

It was interesting to read s Ah! His protagonist is the son of a colonel who was instrumental in setting up interrogation and torture facilities in the Zia regime, at least till he was murdered in an officially reported suicide.

Quotes from A Case of Explodi There has been much speculation that it From Pakistan to Britain – and back: Nov 12, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. Skip to main content.

I don’t think that Hanif is a particularly good writer. And how much was fiction?