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A Case of Exploding Mangoes Audiobook

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

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Publisher's Summary

There is a saying that when lovers fall out, a plane goes down.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes is the story of one such plane. Why did a Hercules C130, the world's sturdiest aircraft, carrying Pakistan's military dictator General Zia ul Haq, go down on 17 August, 1988?

Was it because of: mechanical failure; human error; the CIA's impatience; a blind woman's curse; generals not happy with their pension plans; the mango season? Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigri?

Teasing, provocative, and 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.

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©2008 Mohammed Hanif; (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Reader Paul Bhattacharjee gives voice to torture chambers, social satire, bucolic lyricisim 'night on the mountains is a black sheet flung from the skies' and Catch-22-style military slapstick with equal panache, through I suspect the real Zia was a little less cuddly than he makes him out to be." (Saturday)
"This explanatory novel, woven in language as explosive as the mangoes themselves, is wickedly cynical and reveals layers of outrageous - and pausible - corruption." (The Observer)

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    Mark Enfield, United Kingdom 14/01/2015
    Mark Enfield, United Kingdom 14/01/2015 Member Since 2016

    Happy, vegetarian, swimming, Spanish learning, walking, knitting, partnered man. Teacher and learner.

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    "whatever happened to blind Zenab?"
    Would you listen to A Case of Exploding Mangoes again? Why?

    I never listen to books more than once


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could feel the heat of the sun and the tension in the air. great story, well told well read. I want to visit Pakistan now!


    What does Paul Bhattacharjee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His voice and accent fitted the story and enriched my experience


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The very surprising love scene...no spoilers


    Any additional comments?

    I am still captivated by the story one week after finishing it, it made my trips to work in the car fly by

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Boggy of Bucks Buckinghamshire 11/01/2015
    Boggy of Bucks Buckinghamshire 11/01/2015 Member Since 2011

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    "Splendid"

    Entirely believable tale of Pakistani life under the first post-colonial military rule, written from the perspective of the leader and a lowly member of the military who has reason to bear a grudge. A beautifully written, gently and cleverly funny story.

    The narration was pitch perfect for the characters and for the pace and style of the writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kariesa 03/03/2015
    Kariesa 03/03/2015
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    "Delightful!"
    If you could sum up A Case of Exploding Mangoes in three words, what would they be?

    absolutely loved this book! the narrator was excellent, the story intriguing, witty and funny. definitely recommended.


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    22/06/16
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    "Starts well but then drones on and on"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The last few chapters are unnecessary and seem to indicate the author's inability to end the story.


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    Hilarious otherwise. Its rare to come across a book that makes you laugh.

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  • Farina
    08/07/15
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    "An absolute pleasurable presentation of facts wrapped in humour"

    The narrator gave life to the characters with as pert performance of accents, tone, language, idiosyncrasies of character and personalities.
    The author was very good at the military terminology and representation of the characters to their real life personalities. I say this because many of these were known to my parent's personally and I lived in Pakistan at the time.
    Some of the sexual details of two characters, I found to be in bad taste.

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