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While there, Ali listens to the screams of his tortured fellow prisoners and talks via a hole in the wall with the “Secretary General” who has been in solitary confinement there for nine years. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Hanif has crafted a clever black comedy about military culture, love, tyranny, family, and the events that eventually brought us to September 11, May 06, Pages. What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall.

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The War That Ended Peace. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. His voice and accent fitted the story and enriched my experience Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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Enlisting a rag-tag group of conspirators, including his cologne-bathed roommate, a hash-smoking American lieutenant, and a mango-besotted crow, Ali sets his elaborate plan in motion. This book is well worth reading. I still have the echoes of that news somewhere in my back pocket. Hanif has found in Zia a veritable Homer Simpson of theocratic zealotry.

Hanif adopts a playful, exuberant voice, as competing theories and assassination plots are ingeniously combined and overlaid.

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The narration gives soul to the book and makes is unputdownable. So what besides his frfe pyrotechnics and dark comic genius did I find so astonishing? He controlled the tremendously great ISI and falls resentfully second in importance, command, and control to General Zia ul Haq. You’ve successfully reported this review.


I could feel the heat of the sun and the tension in the air.

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Write a customer review. But Baby O concocts a new plot to kill the General by crashing a plane kamikaze-style down on top of him. He has taken territory in desperate need of satire—General Zia, the military, Pakistan at the time of the Soviet-Afghan war—and fo it undeniably his own.

By propping up an unhinged dictator like Zia and conspiring with violent radicals, Hanif believes that the US demonstrates that it will manipulate any weaker actor it can into being a pawn in their foreign policy strategy. I found the story a bit slow to take off – the connection between characters and their roles and relationship to one another took some time to straighten out.

Throughout the book, Zia remains convinced he is guided by Allah and feels he is receiving ominous messages straight out of the Quran predicting his demise.

Why did a Hercules C, the world’s sturdiest aircraft, carrying Pakistan’s military dictator General Zia ul Haq, go down on 17 August, ?

The review must be at least 50 characters long. Our Lady of Alice Bhatti. Frankly, it was the relationship, explicitly beyond bromance, between the explkding Ali Shigri, the Pakistani air force pilot mangooes is the novel’s main character, and his bunkmate, Cadet Obaid, the fey misfit whom Shigri calls Baby O. May 05, Pages. The Trail of Political Islam. Please try again later. The novel does not confirm whether or not Ali was successful in his attempt to assassinate the General.


The Noise of Time. Suddenly explodig change in ISI command takes place, and Ali is freed in time to avoid torture. I am glad I stuck with the story, as the early investment paid off once the interconnectedness of characters to events became clear.

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The ISI with its government agent systems and the measure of financing makes General Akhtar an exceptionally well off and hazardous man. Get it free with day trial. Don’t have a Kindle? I am still captivated by the story one week after finishing it, it made my trips to work in the car fly by 2 of 2 people found mangoess review helpful. Would you consider the audio edition caae A Case of Exploding Mangoes to be better than the print version?

The Orphan Master’s Son. The millions are occupied somewhere else, to people with great influence, chief among whom General Akhtar. Please try again later. The Guns of August. I wish some definitive closure was given to Zainab’s story line, however, and an event between young Shigri at Lahore Fortress could have been more clearly shown. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Hanif adopts a playful, exuberant voice, as competing theories and assassination plots are ingeniously combined and overlaid. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigri?

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