Campaign India Team
Sep 25, 2010

Weekend Reading List

'A Case of Exploding Mangoes' by Mohammed Hanif

Weekend Reading List

'A Case of Exploding Mangoes' by Mohammed Hanif deals with the untimely death of Pakistani general Zia Ul Haq in a plane crash. Lest you suppose it's a serious read though, here's a snippet from the synopsis of the book on the Random House website:

"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:

1.Mechanical failure

2.Human error

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 NY Times review says "Indeed, like “Catch-22,” “A Case of Exploding Mangoes” is best understood as a satire of militarism, regulation and piety." Read the rest of the review here (there are spoilers, so be warned). 

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