Chapter 2, Page 19 4 He is innocent in a way that lonesome canaries are innocent, flitting from one branch to another, the tender flutter of their wings and a few millilitres of blood keeping them airborne against the gravity of this world that wants to pull everyone down to its rotting surface. Chapter 2, Page 23 Chapter 4 Quotes 5 Operation Fairplay, which removed Prime Minister Bhutto and installed the general as the head of the country, Chapter 4, Page 33 6 His ability to carry himself with martial grace and his talent for sucking up to his superiors were so legendary that, according to a joke popular in the trenches, he could wipe out a whole enemy unit by kissing their asses. Chapter 4, Page 42 Chapter 8 Quotes 8 husband ferociously chewing betel nuts to get rid of the smell before he got home, Chapter 8, Page 81 Chapter 15 Quotes You want freedom and they give you chicken korma. Chapter 15, Page Chapter 19 Quotes 10 basic military rule: you manage your anger by kicking ass, not by rearranging the furniture in your room.

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Brajar View all 4 comments. Even others are likely to enjoy the expploding for the laughters it evokes. Sorayya found it amazing and liberating that Hanif could write this book as a novel. At first glance, Zia is a slightly crazy military dictator with od of piety.

He was graduated from Pakistan Air Force Academy as a pilot officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism.

Dec 26, Selva Subramanian rated it really liked it Shelves: Ali Shigri, tells us what happens to him during his interrogations and imprisonment. He is disconnected from his past as a peasant growing up in the hills, something reminded to him by fellow prisoner the Secretary-General.

Pakistan, barely 40 years into its existence, groans beneath the military bureaucracy driving the country forward. This nation was defined along religious identity and, from the very beginning on, the army was a source of unelected political power. I can definitely see why it made it on the mixed blessing Booker Longlist in It raised a lot of issues Pakistan faces on almost a daily basis, but almost never has the capability to fight them off completely. Although A Case of Exploding Mangoes is based on actual people and incidents, for much of the book nothing happens that probably really happened.

This book has mouldered at the 1 spot on my to-read list for four years. The ISI with its government agent systems and the measure of financing makes General Akhtar an exceptionally well off and hazardous man. He comes across as a hapless dictator holed up in his house, stewing in paranoia for most of the book a No wonder dictators fear humour: Ali knows his father did not commit suicide and he is determined to settle the score with President Zia.

The descriptions of the Americans arriving for the Texas — Afghan fancy dress dinner at the embassy are great — of course everyone came in Afghani dress — mixed politics, acse commentary and sexual innuendo.

Interview with a mixed-faith couple Experiences in a Christian-Muslim marriage. The cause for the fall of the plane is still a mystery, becoming excellent material for a writer. In the background are the American supporters of General Zia. The political, societal and religious themes very much interest me. Hanif highlights the irony in America wanting to purge the world of one type of authoritarianism by cultivating another.

Hard to top that. It exited in that unhappy limbo of not being available from the library yet not being exciting enough to make me want to buy it. He does it all in jest, however, avoiding any overtones of wild-eyed conspiracy theorizing. The book begins by asking how Zia actually died.

As do those of us who study the events around the occupation of Afghanistan. Review: A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif Books The Guardian The second surprise — from an Indian angle — is how simple- and petty-minded and An astonishing book at so many levels and still witty, fast-paced, beautifully-written and thought-inducing. I was convinced that this book was about a Pakistani family and their hilarious drama. The writing initially felt just functional i. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The late dictator I picked this book up because it is written by a Pakistani Journalist about Pakistan.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A Case of Exploding Mangoes takes place during a period of time about which I have little knowledge: Interesting story, subtle humor He is greeted by the local CIA chief, and is quite at ease with senior Pakistani and American diplomats and army officers, much as he was in real life in the Eighties.

In addition, three of the five books that Hanif cites in the afterword as inspiration are ones I have read: Learning from experience is for losers. There were some slightly funny moments in the book, but it was by no means a great book on political satire.

Social media and networks. I did not enjoy it at all. Jul 02, Naeem rated it it was ok Recommends it for: The laconic style of writing subdues the more distressing scenes — a blind girl, gang-raped, waits to be stoned for adultery; a familiar character reappears with his forehead branded with hot iron.

He was born in Bethlehem and lived by the Sea of Galilee. The action shifts from the pious President and his public relations pony show, to the young soldier, to U. Related Posts.


A Case of Exploding Mangoes

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Plot summary[ edit ] The central theme of the book is a fictitious story behind the real life plane crash which killed General Zia , president of Pakistan from to , about which there are many conspiracy theories. Shortly after a smooth take-off, the control tower loses contact with the aircraft. Witnesses who saw the plane in the air later claimed it was flying erratically, before nosediving and exploding on impact, killing all 31 on board. Zia had ruled Pakistan for 11 years prior to his death. Lazy, irreverent Ali Shigri narrates the story. Ali attends the Pakistani Air Force Academy with his fellow cadets and their instructors.

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