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A Case Of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed…

A Case Of Exploding Mangoes (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Mohammed Hanif (Author)

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Ali Shigri, Pakistan Air Force pilot and Silent Drill Commander of Fury Squadron, is determined to understand what or who pushed his father to commit suicide--and to avenge his death. His father, one of Zia ul-Haq's colonels, may or may not have been involved in the conspiracies and coincidences leading to the mysterious 1988 plane crash that killed Pakistan's dictator General Zia ul-Haq. His search immerses him in a snarl of events: Americans in Pakistan, Soviets in Afghanistan, dollars in every hand.… (more)
Title:A Case Of Exploding Mangoes
Authors:Mohammed Hanif (Author)
Info:Vintage (2009), 377 pages
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It isn't often I read a book that picks up steam at the end instead of losing it. I'm glad I stuck with it. A clever fictional answer to the unsolved mystery of how and why Zia's plane went down. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
Nice imagining of the last days of Zia Ul-Haq, Pakistani dictator from the 80s. He was a fixture on Indian TV screens growing up, with his evil little mustache and anti-Indian rhetoric. Anyway, the book's a good read and part of a new generation of South Asian fiction, finally free of colonialist influences and much more authentic. ( )
  RekhainBC | Feb 15, 2019 |
Hanif tells a fictional tale of what caused the 1988 plane crash that killed General Zia, the military dictator of Pakistan who overthrew Bhutto. Hanif weaves two assassination plots together - one a revenge killing by an air force office, Ali Shigri, who holds Zia accountable for the alleged suicide of his father, a high ranking Officer; the other the Iago-like machinations of one of the generals plotting to succeed Zia. While this was supposedly a black comedy, can't say I found much to laugh about, particularly when it came to the treatment of female rape victims, summary executions of a union leader and torture of two of the main characters in the story. ( )
  sianpr | Dec 19, 2016 |
Funny at parts..makes you LoL :) dragged a bit towards the end but on the whole a very nice read. Good mix of facts and fiction. ( )
  _RSK | Jan 26, 2016 |
This tells an account of how circumstances might conspire. General Zia, general and leader of Pakistan, died in a plane crash in August 1988. This tells a number of interweaving strands, each of which, independently, could account for the crash. It is largely narrated by young Ali Shigri, a trainee officer in the Pakistan airforce. His father was a colonel on the army and was found hanging in what was called suicide (but sounds like nothing of the sort). It is full of humour, but has a dark side. If the incidents in the books are indicative of things that have or did happen in the country,then it is a very sad indictment of affairs. The case of Blind Zenob is the most startling of these. She is imprisoned for fornication as she is unable to identify the men who she claimed raped her. Well being blind that would probably account for the failure to do so, yet she is in prison. Takes a very twisted sort of male logic to make that seem like a sensible turn of events.
Of all the ways that Zia might have died that come together in this book, I thought the crow was the one that appealed to me most. ( )
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