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Mohammed Hanif sheds light on the whole mystery and makes it interesting. Retrieved 23 April I need to start reading the backs of books. For Pakistanis, the importance of the book lies in its blatant and much needed irreverence towards the country’s most powerful institution, namely, the military and state religion.

The first surprise is that a book of the nature can be written about actual, recently deceased politicians in South Asia.

Zia’s frenzied readings of the Koran cause consternation among his subordinates, while there are multiple possibilities for attempts on his life. But rather than being humourous, A Case of Exploding Mangoes is mediocre at first. 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 on This book was recommended to me by so many people that I just had to get my hands on it.

But the book soldiers on with a narrative rich with details, and a constant undertone of irreverent humour which never lets up reminiscent of Catch, only a lot less mad. I, for one, loved it, the pace didn’t bother me at all. Belongs in a tradition that includes Catch, but it also calls to mind the biting comedy of Philip Roth.


As for this being a thriller, it left me a bit bored and I wonder whether the humour actually detracts from the thriller’s story? They range from tapeworms to a crow; deadly gas, snake venom given to the main character by a laundry worker named Starchy, a blind woman in pri Before I read this book, I’d never even heard of Zia ul-Haq, the president of Pakistan who was killed in the crash of a C airplane, along with the American ambassador Arnold Raphel and others.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes takes place during a period of time about which I have little knowledge: Interwoven in his story is the tale of General Zia, h This is a fictionalized version of how General Zia, a dictator of Pakistan, and his generals died in a plane crash in After witnessing a tank parade in Bahawalpur province in Pakistan on August 17,Zia left the small Punjabi town in the C Hercules aircraft designated ‘Pak One,’ along with several of his senior army officials, the US Ambassador to Pakistan Arnold Rapheland some crates of mangoes.

I thought it might give me context and cultural insights. 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.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Shortly after a smooth take-off, the control tower loses contact with the aircraft. He fights with his wife and takes every opportunity to leer at non-Muslim cleavage. Military aircraft stunts provide gizmo glamour Hanif is a trained airforce pilot.


How much of the story of Zia Ul Haq’s plane crash was real? Explpding this interview Ayesha Jalal elaborates on these issues.

With relish and a mordant wit, he paints unflattering portraits of the mediocre officers who ruled Pakistan for over a decade. 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! He even goes so far as to steal a plane for the job, but in doing so, he accidentally lands Ali in prison at Lahore Fort, a torture center.

His characters do not seem to search for meaning in life or a meaningful life. And, I must say, It’s a very good attempt!

Interesting queer twist, and little bits of social commentary poke through the broad strokes of the plot adding resonance and poignancy. The cultural clash between them and the Western ambassadors is beautifully explored.

Christians believe that he was crucified at Golgotha outside Jerusalem — only to rise from the dead three days later. Pakistan’s president Zia-ul-Haq gets killed in a flight explosion and the explodinh goes back to tell you the why, what and how. Overall, the book falls into the witty and ironic style most of all.

He was born in Bethlehem and lived by the Sea of Galilee.

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