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A good book about general Zia and his era but not an excellent one 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. He resigned his commission to become a journalist, first in Pakistan, and then with the BBC in London.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

So after all that, I can’t recommend it. Subscribe to our newsletter. He has written for stage, film and BBC Radio. What they don’t know Roses are red.

Hanif’s book has the flair of someone who knows literature, but it is just too rich with details to be by someone other than someone who has lived this. Fiction Guardian first book award Mohammed Hanif reviews. No characters were likeable, all were crooked and I didn’t really care who came down in the plane by the end of the book. Interview with a mixed-faith couple Experiences in a Christian-Muslim marriage.


May 05, Pages Buy. A fine dark eploding diverse fictional read. Military things bore me. While the subject matter has not always been manoes my alley, the vast majority explosing my books this year are really, incredibly well written.

His characters do not seem to explodin for meaning in life or a meaningful life. I could not find any greater depth or meaning in Hanif’s mocking treatment of life on this planet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jun 04, Windy2go rated it it was ok. Through much of the narrative, we are accompanied by the enigmatic figure of the chain-smoking ISI operative, Major Kiyani.

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 ex;loding This book was recommended to me by so many people that I just had to get my hands on it.

Mohammed Hanif sheds light on the whole mystery and makes it interesting. Ali’s target is none other than General Zia ul-Haq, dictator of Pakistan. The cause for the fall of the plane is still a mystery, becoming excellent material for a writer.

Mengapa hubungan antara dua lelaki yang akrab selalu dilihat dengan kaca mata Barat – homoseksualiti? The book even speculates that it was the work of the CIA.

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A case of exploding mangos. The boo I read this book after returning from a research and teaching trip to Pakistan in Interview Ayesha Jalal Pakistan: Constructions, making this a clear reference to, and a cameo by, Osama bin Laden. They never bother carrying anything anywhere. You’re told this happens on the first page. Hanif highlights the irony in America wanting to purge the world of one type of mangeos by cultivating another.


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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. It gets even better if you really want to know how Pak’s ISI, political leadership and the army functions in tandem with one another. Yet the country’s literature reflects that Pakistan is a society in transition. However, that is the only portion of the book that is true. It was certainly not ‘very, very funny’, as advertised.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Here, we come face to face with the reality of routine torture and murder in the name of the state. Crows, notoriously gluttonous, never feel as if their stomachs are full.

Retrieved from ” https: It’s a fast paced satire of the Pakistan-US relationship at the end of the 80s. The cultural clash between them and the Western ambassadors is beautifully explored. Many, as the book mangles tell you, and then a few more.

It is only the unknown characters who are fictionalized.