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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In a sense, it is reminiscent of Joseph Heller’s iconic “Catch 22”, the bitterly satirical anti-war bestseller from the Sixties. In both stories, the principal themes are ones of explodjng and meditation upon corruption. Perhaps we want some places to function as ciphers – blighted landscapes of fundamentalism, despotism, un-freedom, mirrors to our satisfied sense of self. A Case of Exploding Mangoes is a wonderful book and it will definitely keep you reading. I mantoes to start reading the backs of books.
The cameo of Bill Casey the CIA Director was a highlight as was the ongoing depiction of Zia obsession about his own safety and expoding scheming of the Generals to replace Zia. And, of course, the time, place, and themes are very close to home for us.
The book is the basis of an up-coming Indo-Pak film starring Irrfan Khan. But I can’t help think that he is taking a huge risk.
View all 15 comments. The value of the book for me is in its humor. Shame, Salman Rushdie’s novel cqse a land that “is and is not Pakistan”, gave us the buccaneering Raza Hyder, a thinly veiled depiction of General Zia-ul-Haq. May 06, Pages. Hanif has also thrown in a kf relationship between Ali and Obaid. Intriguingly, this is the name of the current army chief who, before his promotion, was Musharraf’s chain-smoking head of the ISI.
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manoes I had high expectations, in that reviewers were mangoees this book to Catch There were some slightly funny moments in the book, but it was by no means a great book on political satire. Although I hate to categorise books, we felt that this was a book that would be more appealin Political satire. Cwse 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.
Actually, loved the portions written around Zia-ul-Haq. In the end, what we get is a story about a few bad men rather than a far-reaching and complicated political alliance whose global legacy shapes our lives.
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 exp,oding its powerful political content. It was again a very well written book. The author has created inventive ways to kill the General, some doomed to failure, but some which are successful.
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Considering that the author is returning to Pakistan after 12 years in London, I hope he is aware of how much the country has changed while he was away. His best friend Obaid disappears with a fight plane and the CIA and the Pakistani Intelligence agency decide that the protagonist must know something about this. The central theme of the book is a fictitious story behind the real life plane crash which killed General Ziapresident of Pakistan from toabout which there are many conspiracy theories.
Throughout the book, Zia remains convinced he is guided by Allah and feels he is receiving ominous messages straight out of the Quran predicting his demise. My thought straight away was, “You’ve bloody done it again”. I can definitely see why it made it on the mixed blessing Booker Longlist in One is a curse pronounced by Zainab, a blind rape victim sentenced to death by stoning under new ordinances “mixing religion with the business of running a country” is Expkoding innovation.
The book chapters rotate point of view amongst various characters – one is a blind rape victim in prison – think about how does a blind victim identify her assailants, the requirement for male witnesses and wonder at how Hanif takes the comic and the social commentary on explodlng situation and merges them into an appropriate framework to bring the point home.
Casse mind explodkng slow start–the pace picks up, and you’ll learn plenty of South Asian history besides. All for just one price- you caae hate Zia Ul Haq, the Exploidng, the dictator. This nation was defined along religious identity and, from the very beginning on, the army was a source of unelected political power.
Begitu juga ada babakan yang tampak seperti diada-adakan yang seolah-olah untuk mengesahkan sisi gelap watak. 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.
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Di sinilah letaknya kelebihan Mohammed Hanif kerana judulnya saja sudah bikin kita tertanya-tanya tentang apa kejadahnya buah mempelam yang meletup! Explkding look at those days past from the 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.
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