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.
Click here to see all the titles in our Whole Story Audio Books collection.
©2008 Mohammed Hanif; (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd
"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)
Happy, vegetarian, swimming, Spanish learning, walking, knitting, partnered man. Teacher and learner.
I never listen to books more than once
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!
His voice and accent fitted the story and enriched my experience
The very surprising love scene...no spoilers
I am still captivated by the story one week after finishing it, it made my trips to work in the car fly by
Boggy of Bucks
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.
absolutely loved this book! the narrator was excellent, the story intriguing, witty and funny. definitely recommended.
"Starts well but then drones on and on"
The last few chapters are unnecessary and seem to indicate the author's inability to end the story.
Hilarious otherwise. Its rare to come across a book that makes you laugh.
"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.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.