A Case of Exploding Mangoes

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

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There is an ancient 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:

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?

Teasing, provocative, and very, very funny, Mohammed Hanif's debut novel takes one of the subcontinent's enduring mysteries and out if it spins a tale as rich and colourful as a beggar's dream.

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Novel and shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2008.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781409059042
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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A clever blend of fact and fiction (mostly the latter) surrounding the 1988 death in a plane crash of Pakistani dictator Zia ul-Haq. Was it mechanical failure? CIA? An old womans curse? Or our narrator, Ali Shigri? Read and decide for yourself.


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GLNovak
Mar 30, 2014

Did Ali Shigri kill General Zia, dictator of Pakistan. Did the CIA? Did his generals? Was it an accident? This book follows Ali Shigri and General Zia in the days before the plane crash that took the life of the general and presents a totally fictional, or is it, account of events. Especially engaging are the thoughts of these two characters. I enjoyed the whole thing from beginning to end. Humourous, satirical, matter-of-fact, the pace swept me along and then didn't dwell at the end. Very good book.

JeremiahSutherland Nov 20, 2012

I'm surprised this won any prize except Book Most Likely To Be Returned. Military dictatorships include people who want to unseat the dictator, are incompetent and self-serving, suspicious and brutal? I'm astonished!

quagga Nov 02, 2012

dark and entertaining satire

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Winnipeg1
Nov 02, 2012

Great story, harsh but definitely believable. & somehow it's really funny too. Highly recommended.

RenGrrl Oct 29, 2012

A rich and compelling tale!

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beanieboy
Aug 15, 2012

Beautifully wriiten - a mixture of humor, human perseverance, corruption, greed, irrationality - all woven into this wonderful book.

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Patricia03
Sep 20, 2011

A very good readand most amusing

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quagga Nov 02, 2012

There's poetry in committing a crime after you have served your sentence. I do not have much interest in poetry, but punishment before a crime does have a certain singsong quality to it

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