Books based on historical facts and those using real life characters are always an exciting read for me. There is a sort of authenticity that builds into the story as the author uses multiple real life characters of the time – somewhat like a conspiracy theory that you want to believe in. Reminded me of how I felt when I read The Seventh Secret by Irwing Wallace, almost believing that Hitler survived the 2nd World War and lived undiscovered and underground until the 1970s carrying on his Nazi regime…..could have been true….
I liked Md. Hanif’s writing style and having read the book after hearing him talk in person at a live interview, I could relate to his witty and dark humorous tone very much. If he doesn’t want to talk about a particular topic, he will evade it so cleverly – that even seasoned interviewers find it hard to pin him.
His writing also gives you a view of how a youngster during Zia’s rule would have felt, especially one who was a cadet serving in the very forces Zia commanded. His mocking tone is so honest – one of the best things in the book.
A Case of Exploding Mangoes (in the end it finally becomes clear why the book is called that) is interesting and though it isn’t an edge of the seat mystery, I still like the way the author keeps you hooked. Also, I think anyone with a defence background / connection will enjoy it in a more familiar way 🙂
I gave it 4 stars , though i actually would give it 3.5 / 5. Good stuff.