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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Case of Exploding Mangoes, by Mohammed Hanif

From Sherri - This novel is based on the mysterious 1988 plane crash that killed the Pakistan leader General Zia ul-Haq.  It is a witty, illuminating, and entertaining novel that does a pretty good job of covering the Americans in Pakistan, Soviets in Afghanistan, and everyone who's out to make some "fast" money.  In this fictitious story, we learn that General Zia begins every day reading his horoscope and asking, "Who is out to kill me today?"  If you read Joseph Heller's book Catch 22 and enjoyed the twisted, dark, sometimes risky humor, then you should enjoy A Case of Exploding Mangoes. The author graduated from the Pakistan Air Force Academy and currently lives in London where he heads the BBC Urdu news service.  This is his first novel.

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