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Yes, there is an element of wonder when reading about the alleged activities xeploding the bygone President and the Pakistan army itself and why there hasn’t been a voice raised against it.
What the book is really about, is the sudden firey, I need to start reading the backs of books. Hanif is a graduate of University of East Anglia’s creative writing programme. I enjoy reading historical fiction from this period, precisely because I like learning more about the events that preceded me. Aug 18, Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it Shelves: Retrieved 23 April Never mind the slow start–the pace picks up, and you’ll learn plenty of South Asian history besides.
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Given the subject and the clear writing, it is no surprise that Hanif’s book has made the long list for the Booker Award, as well as for the Guardian’s First Book Award. The alternate chapters work well of the General and his cohorts mixed with those of the Air Force cadet Shigri who is planning to assassinate the President thereby avenging the death of his father.
Military things bore me. Return to Book Page.
A good book about general Zia and his era but not an excellent one Hard to top that. The way that the book weaves politics and mystery and thriller elements with insane bureaucracy and comedy is just fantastic. Intriguingly, this is the name of the current army chief who, before his promotion, was Musharraf’s chain-smoking head of the ISI.
Views Read Edit View history. Repression against journalists A world of Khashoggis. I particularly liked the language, the satire, the humour and the unpredictability of a known, documented, historical fact. Interview Ayesha Jalal Pakistan: Some of it is actually funny, and you may find yourself laughing out loud in some parts. But I can’t help think that he is exp,oding a huge risk. Ali Shigri is the son of a famous, now deceased, officer in the Pakistan Army, and he has a plan to kill the President, General Zia.
But it is the humour and comical turns that make this a good read mangles the scene when Gen Zia requires a meeting with a doctor explodibg asceertain the reason for a “private” itch, at the party when the CIA chief puts his hand on the shoulder of the attendee simply called OBL! Tunisian teachers protesting manoes conditions demand better pay. They are also wayward creatures, their movement can never be predicted.
At first glance, Ali is a self-entitled, somewhat cocky young man who thinks he has it all figured out. I know his house was not a “sprawling colonial mansion with 18 bedrooms” because I’ve been in the Ambassador’s residence.
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His first novel, A… More about Mohammed Hanif. I feel like I should like them out of respect for the authors. Cadet life is entertainingly evoked, overflowing with japes, jerk-offs, hashish highs and liquored lows. It got bonus funny points because of how General Zia, the country’s dictator, keeps thinking along of the lines of ‘What would Ceausescu do?
Published May 20th by Knopf first published Pakistan’s travails were fresh on my mind. It is also a well-known fact that most curses don’t work. I have a close friend who has been involved in Pakistani politics for decades and he told me that each of the characters like the prisoner in the cell next door to the protagonisteach of the places, in the book corresponds to something real, and known, in Pakistani political circles.
I don’t think this is a good book but it has to be read. Next time, I think I will just order the illegal stuff the author is consuming, and not his book. Even if you are not, like me obviously, then still feel free to give it a go, as there is enough to pull you through.
It is only the unknown characters who are fictionalized. Everyone feeds him the information they think will make him happy. My intial apprehensions regarding it might be like catch notwithstanding, I really liked the story.
To look at those days past from the eyes of Ali Shigri, the protagonist, is like looking mahgoes a cell from a microscope and realizing how much we were actually missing exploidng on. See all books by Mohammed Hanif. This book has mouldered at the 1 spot on my to-read list for four years.
For more reviews visit http: Ali knows his father did not commit suicide and he is determined to settle the score with President Zia. It treats its American characters with gentle, even warm-hearted, irony.
exlloding I need to start reading the backs of books. Like so many other dictators who’ve been immortalized in fiction, Harif focuses on the dictator’s tools of survival, the loneliness that is the price he pays for control, the ludicrous fantasies he entertains about getting the Nobel Peace Prize!