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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A fine dark comic diverse fictional read. A comic novel on the partition of East Pakistan Bangladesh from Pakistan inin first person narration by a gay Pakistani Air Force officer. Mahmoud Abdel-Rasoul It’s the same quoted text from the Quran that is explained or ‘translated’ in chapter 2 Jonah’s prayer.

And, I must say, It’s a very good attempt! Constructions, making this a clear reference to, and a cameo by, Osama bin Laden. And for the few few chapters, I was enthralled. View all 5 comments. The book begins by asking how Zia actually died. The political, societal and religious themes very much interest me. Several other characters are involved including his gay room mate, certain American CIA officials and folk from high up the Pakistani political ladder. The most unexpected aspect of Mangoes is also its most compelling – the wryly told story of a love affair between two cadets.

And yes, the book had a lot of metaphors and witty dialog which I enjoyed reading immensely. Just not really my kind of book. But rather than being humourous, A Case of Exploding Mangoes is mediocre at first. Pakistan’s travails were fresh on my mind.

I wa A fine dark comic diverse fictional read. Everyone feeds him the information they think will make him happy.

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


Learning from experience is for losers. It’s an affecting book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. For Sorayya, the book’s brilliance lay in a barely fictionalized reworking of actual history and with actual characters who are named as such.

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It was interesting to read s Ah! The incisive work that remains unwritten inside Hanif’s promising novel can only emerge when we become more demanding readers of other places. You won’t find it cade. Set during the time of the Soviet-Afghan conflict, there’s even a visit from a shady character who goes by the initials of OBL, the head of Laden Construction Company during the course of a somewhat garish barbeque party given by the Americans for a fourth of July.

He even goes so far as to steal a plane for the job, but in doing so, he accidentally lands Ali in ov at Lahore Fort, a torture center.

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. Hanif takes the crash of his Explloding – which went down intaking the US ambassador with it – as the hook on which to hang a vivid twin narrative centred on Zia and Ali Shigri, an air force cadet whose rifle-flinging “silent drill” gives him a key role in the country’s Independence Day parade.

For every monkey there is a houri Screams that echo through your body but get stuck in your throat What do the ISI investigate? It took me longer to appreciate than I would have liked.

Overall, the book falls into the witty and ironic style most of all. General Zia was well portrayed.

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Hanif, a former air force officer for Pakistan, has got a winner of a book here. The book drives the narrative forward by alternating the stories of Zia-ul-Haq and a lowly army person, and then there is some flashback to some completely different and irrelevant story about some American Colonel, there are explodijg and blind women for some inscrutable reason, there are pages spent on what a crow does, people just jump from one situation to the other, and I think Osama Bin Laden made an appearance somewhere.


So after all that, I can’t recommend it. He graduated from the Mangooes Air Explodinb Academy as Pilot Officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism. The book drives the narrative forward by alternating the stories of Zia-ul-Haq and a lowly army person, and then there is some flashback to some completely different and irreleva I am not sure what this book was all about.

I did not enjoy it at all. 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.

Mar 08, Kavita rated it did not like it Shelves: And it is what has made me persevere with them. And there’s something more in the offing; yo ‘I was there. Manngoes n Hanif’s robust satire, Osama bin Laden idles hopefully at the edge of a group of CIA chiefs, ignores a journalist’s jibes and wanders, maangoes rumbling, into the hospitality tent.

May 05, Pages. The plot was although not so acse, impersonal political views Satire surprised me. Jul 29, Nilesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hanif’s book has the flair of someone who knows literature, but it is mangkes too rich with details to be by someone other than someone who has lived this.

Di sini ada dua watak utama – satu watak benar yang difiksyenkan, iaitu Jeneral Zia-ul-Haq dan satu lagi, watak fiksyen yang dibenarkan, iaitu Ali Shigri – dan dua-dua watak ini mempunyai sisi gelap tersendiri – sisi gelap yang cuba diputihkan atau sisi gelap yang cuba disembunyikan.