mangoes and murder

currently reading now : A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

here what’s written on the back cover:

There is an ancient saying that when lovers fall out, a plane goes down.

This is the story of one such plane. Why did Hercules C130, the world sturdiest plane, carrying Pakistan’s military dictator, General Zia Ul-Haq, go down on 17 August 1988?

Was it because of :

1. Mechanical failure

2. Human error

3.The CIA’s impatience

4.A blind woman’s curse

5.Generals not happy with their pension plans

6.The mango season

Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigri?

Not finished yet, but I love how the author put humor in this story, and how he write so light and comical around the issue of Islam (which I rarely found in Indonesia’s author). It’s refreshing that you can laugh (though it’s not laugh matter if you think about it seriously) how General Zia act when he goes to Umra (like a twelve year old who had a bad birthday) and how the Maoist in Sweeper Union hate the phrase ‘Cleanliness is half the faith’ (it’s insulting since all the sweepers is Hindus and Catholics).

I enjoy it so much.

love the mango color and the crow


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