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 Case of Exploding Mangoes [Mohammed Hanif] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A Washington Post, Rocky Mountain News, Boston . 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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Crows, notoriously gluttonous, never feel as if their exloding are full. The inevitable comparison here is to Dr. Like so many other dictators who’ve been immortalized in fiction, Harif focuses on the dictator’s tools of survival, the loneliness that is the price he pays for control, the ludicrous fantasies he entertains about getting the Nobel Peace Prize!

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Instead it took me weeks to read and I omly completed it because I was discussing it in a book group. Interesting queer twist, and little bits of social commentary poke through the broad strokes of the plot adding resonance and poignancy.

At first glance, Zia is a slightly crazy military dictator with pretensions of piety. The fact that it has a basis in fact adds another element to the reader’s enjoyment. Interview with Israeli author Amos Mangoez “I want peace”. The language of migrants Being a stranger in a second language. This book has mouldered at the 1 spot on my to-read list for four years.


The dictators, generals, ambassadors, political operators including OBL, who makes a cameo all retain their names and are embedded within actual events.

May 05, Pages Buy. You’re told this happens on the first page.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

My intial apprehensions regarding it might be like catch notwithstanding, I really liked the story. I don’t think this is a good book but it has to be read.

Hanif’s book is a searing indictment of the general, and everything he stood for. I found myself yearning to learn what crazy decision Zia would make next. The curse is picked up by a sugar-obsessed crow.

I could not find any greater depth or meaning in Hanif’s mocking treatment of life on this planet. And how much was fiction? President’s daily activities, interactions, his fellow general’s trivial rivalries, the US representatives’ ignorance etc – even if remotely true – may have led to events with massive global implications.

You know the ending the manhoes depiction of the real-life death of Pakistan’s President General Zia from the very beginning. Mengapa hubungan antara dua lelaki yang akrab selalu dilihat dengan kaca mata Barat – homoseksualiti?

Novel that has that something It was interesting to read s Ah! Mahmoud Abdel-Rasoul It’s the same quoted text from the Quran that is explained or ‘translated’ in chapter 2 Jonah’s prayer. For more reviews visit http: Lazy, irreverent Ali Shigri narrates the story.

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Ali’s target is none othe Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen. The central character is Ali Shigri, an officer in the Pakistani army, like his father before him.

Jul 29, Nilesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: And when the crumpled pages of Rilke’s poems are discovered in the absconding Baby O’s mattress, this is put down as another black mark in the missing Pilot Officer’s book. I wa A fine dark comic diverse fictional read.

Yes, there is an element of wonder when reading about the alleged activities of the bygone President and the Pakistan sxploding itself and why there hasn’t been a voice raised against it.

I can definitely see why it made it on the mixed blessing Booker Longlist in My first by a Pakistani writer. 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. The action shifts from the pious President and his public relations pony show, to the young soldier, to U.