Freedom at Midnight () is a book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. It describes events around Indian independence and partition in Full text of “Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight” India The Fifth Horseman Freedom at Midnight Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. by Ellen Mcamis. Freedom at Midnight paints a sweeping picture of the tumultuous year of India’s independence from Great Britain in
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The writing is superb.
But sadly, this is a book that tries to justify Britain’s occupancy of India, trying to put with an utmost subtlety that the Britishers had no bad intentions and they did nothing but help India grow and become a better nation.
I knew that India and Pakistan had been partitioned, but I didn’t know all the details of what happened and when.
Edwina Mountbatten was as hard-working and courageous as her husband, and she was more of a people person. If one is looking for a gripping laierre, however, this book is certainly it. Dec 31, epistemology rated it it was amazing. View all 9 comments. One, her independence, one of the best moments in her history.
Painstaking research usually results in unreadable material.
The people themselves are often lost in this depiction, appearing as faceless masses helplessly reacting to political machinations. India and Pakistan were both hard at work rewriting their own histories and much archival data was impossible to find.
Trains arrived in Indian stations with compartments full of dead and maimed passengers, blood flowing from compartments. The strange and sickly little Gandhi is given heroic status. I took this one from the library, but after reading it I ordered a copy for myself.
Another chapter I remember is the lavish lifestyle of the Indian Maharajas. Heck the authors go all the other way, and say that the British lost money during the Raj, and it was literally out of the goodness of their white hearts that the British ruled India. Retrieved 22 November The thought that I knew the horrors of partition. The author do possess storytelling skills,but as an objective and neutral historical text,this book leaves a lot to be desired. This is a terribly difficult book to rate.
If you watch the movie Gandhi, and read this book, you have pretty much got the history of the time covered and a good understanding of the politics of the time. Click to purchase from Flipkart. Famines, bigger than the holocaust – skip that, lets concentrate and talk about Mountbattens shiny medals and his big big parties!
I see that the header here has failed to note that this book was written by a team of authors: Apr 28, Jan rated it it was ok. It’s almo Oh goody, yet another book written through colonial tinted glasses. May 28, KO rated it did not like it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. The socio-economic conditions, the religious mindsets, the convoluted politics – you live the fight for freedom yourself throught this book.
History is a story – and the problem with this book is not that it’s a story – the problem is that it’s a glib view which completely omits and washes British hands of what they did during their occupation and departure from India. Disillusioned with commerce, he took to journalism and joined the Paris bureau of United Press International inand became the news editor in Rome in the following year, and later the MidEast bureau chief in Beirut. Dec 03, Calzean rated it liked it Shelves: Honestly speaking, not even the most lauding words of mine can do justic Collinns rarely comes a defining moment that changes history to the extent of being un-recognizable and very rarely comes a book that changes your life, perceptions and everything that you presumed to be true once and for all.
How incredibly he unites India at the The book tells the true story on the basis of facts freesom how we got our lzpierre.
There is dominiquue a very horrifying and realistic account of the tragedy fresdom partition and its bloody aftermath. One the one hand, it will give the reader a profound sense of the tragedy of Indian partition upon independence in Must read for every Indian. The composition of this book is such that you won’t find it difficult to read through the pages, and the authors have weaved it with simple, yet strong literature.
This book was one of the inspirations for the film Viceroy’s House film.
The book is over pages long and covers only one year – there is no mistaking how high and how vast the stakes are as one works through it. I am sure, after reading this book, you would look at our famous national leaders in a different light than before. Jinnah is demonized for his insistence on a separate Pakistan for the Moslems.
This urgency to finish the job as quickly as possible led to decisions that ripped apart the social fabric of the country, echoes of which are still heard in contemporary Indo-Pak relations. This portion is the most gut-wrenching one and you are left to wonder in amazement at the sheer magnitude of craziness and horror of the whole episode.
There are enough reviews about the content of this book. As you read, you’ll find a great deal is written about Mahatma Gandhi, the “dejected bird” of Mountbatten, Nehru, the handsome Indian who is incredibly fascinated by the Mountbattens, Jinnah, the only guy who is shown in the bad midmight, and Patel, well