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A Case of Exploding Mangoes Paperback – 4 Jun. 2009
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'Exuberant and satirical: this is an angry comedy about Zia's brutal legacy to Pakistan' Observer
There is an old saying that when lovers fall out, a plane goes down. This is the story of one such plane.
Why did a Hercules C130, the world's sturdiest plane, carrying Pakistan's military dictator General Zia ul Haq, go down on 17 August, 1988? Was it because of:
3.The CIA's impatience
4.A blind woman's curse
5.Generals not happy with their pension plans
6.The mango season
Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigri?
A Case of Exploding Mangoes is sharp, dark, inventive and utterly gripping.
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Exuberant and satirical: this is an angry comedy about Zia's brutal legacy to Pakistan ― Observer
Witty, elegaic and deliciously anarchic -- John Le Carré
A Pakistan not reducible to generals, jets and jihadisa...a debut novel shaped as much by the subcontinents fascination with history and historical figures as by political thrillers in the tradition of Forsyth and Le Carre.... Along the way there is plenty of humour and slapstick... Cadet life is entertainingly evoked, overflowing with japes, jerkoffs, hashish highs and liquored lows... The most unexpected aspect of Mangoes is also its most compelling - the wryly told story of a love affair between two cadets ― Guardian
Entertaining.... darkly comic.... There are sharply observed sketches of toadying ministers, mindlessly efficient security chiefs, filthy prison cells, sex-mad Arab sheikhs and erudite communist prisoners...as a piece of political satire, A Case of Exploding Mangoes deserves a high mark ― Independent
About the Author
- ASIN : 0099516748
- Publisher : Vintage; 1st edition (4 Jun. 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780099516743
- ISBN-13 : 978-0099516743
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 19,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you want to know more about Pakistan, and why it is what it is today then read this story. It tells us about the era of General Zia the Dictator responsible (with the help of our Arabian friends) for the political islamisation of a great country.
Told with humour and skill. I couldn't put it down.