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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Maybe that cae part of the Satire, squeezing the country down to be so small. Reading Hanif was cathartic, it was heartbreaking at times, and mostly it was just spectacularly hilarious. The prose has an easy likability, the main character — Ali Shigri — is also easy to like and root for.

Cuma memang ada babakan yang sedikit mengganggu. The boo I read this book after returning from a research and teaching trip to Pakistan in Fed on a steady diet of cultural oppositions, we’ve become less resistant to syndicated morality tales than mangoez might be. Learning from experience is for losers.

I am not sure what this book was all about. A mullah without a beard, a mullah in a four-star general’s uniform, a mullah with the instincts of a corrupt tax inspector. In how many ways can you possibly kill a dictator? He comes across as a hapless dictator holed up in his house, stewing in paranoia for most of the book and infested with worms by the end. I was not alone in my views either; 6 out of 8 other readers at the discussion felt the same way.

I guess it did. He was graduated from Pakistan Air Force Academy as a pilot officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism. But we also flick between him, and none other than Mr President himself, and the people and events that surround him. Although I hate to categorise books, we felt that this was a book that would be more appealin Political satire. Military things bore me. 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.


But in the end, I didn’t like it. Upon his arrival back at the Pakistani Air Force Academy, he learns that he has been chosen as part of the squad that will perform a silent drill salute for General Zia.

Jul 29, Nilesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. I know his house was not a “sprawling colonial mansion with 18 bedrooms” because I’ve been in the Ambassador’s residence. Jul 02, Naeem rated it it was ok Recommends it for: It was interesting to read s Ah! Ali knows his father did not commit suicide and he is determined to settle the score with President Zia.

I hate the lack of protagonist’s character and his background life development Ali is trapped within a system just as oppressive as the Soviet government against which Pakistan fights.

And it is what has made me persevere with them. So I spent the first 30 pages reading waiting for this to start, then read the back of the book.

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Jun 27, Justin Podur rated it it was amazing Shelves: Overall, I can safely say I enjoyed A Case of Exploding Mangoesbut that reading it after leaving it to languish for four years probably contributed to a mild case of anticlimactic ennui.

And the back of the book, which is why I frequently don’t read them. The book is designed to get you to turn the pages, which it does exceedingly well.


I don’t think that Hanif is a particularly good writer. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

East to west

He has written for stage, film and BBC Radio. Read it and share your thoughts with me. It took me a lot longer than it would normally have to finish the book, yet I found it to be very insightful and somewhat sad.

Hanif has crafted a clever black comedy about military culture, love, tyranny, family, and the events that eventually brought us to September 11, Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Constructions, making this a clear reference to, and a cameo by, Osama bin Laden. His intelligence service and propaganda puppets spread paranoid conspiracy theories whenever they feel the need to discredit the latest attacks against him.

My thought straight away was, “You’ve bloody done it again”. Refresh and try again. Someday we’ll do a display here on Dictators I work in a library.

The book is the basis of an up-coming Indo-Pak film starring Irrfan Khan. It was interesting to read such a satirical novel on one of the notorious Presidents of Pakistan; which come to think of it, is an irony in itself. Hanif has great fun setting ideals against reality and east alongside west, portraying a feudal court in which generals sport Ray-Bans, Pepsi sponsors memorial floats, and Texans save up to buy rocket launchers.

Hanif admirably demonstrates how even events that history seems to have recorded a certain way have wiggle room for conspiracies, alternatives, and wild speculation.