Meandering Em's

Passion is books, photography, running and traveling. Also passionate about environmental issues.

A Political Satire

A Case of Exploding Mangoes - Mohammed Hanif

This is a fictionalized version of how General Zia, a dictator of Pakistan, and his generals died in a plane crash in 1988.  This crash also killed the American ambassador to Pakistan.  These are historical facts.  However, that is the only portion of the book that is true.  Or is it?

The main character is Ali Shagri, whose father has committed suicide under suspicious circumstances.  He is determined to seek revenge for what he believes is murder.  Interwoven in his story is the tale of General Zia, his generals, his wife, a blind woman on death row and a crow.  The author has created inventive ways to kill the General, some doomed to failure, but some which are successful.  It is a fun read, but you need to write down the cast of characters in order to remember who does what, when and  why.  Even though it sounds gloomy, the  book is hilarious at times.

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