Freedom at Midnight () is a book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. It describes events around Indian independence and partition in Freedom at Midnight has ratings and reviews. failed to note that this book was written by a team of authors: Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. Jul 19, 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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He was certainly one of the giants of the 20th century. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. A book written only to make you like the British Raj, making Mountbatten the hero of all this, being equally praised by the British and Indians. I am happy at the generation I am living in, but after reading this book, it made me wonder whether I have missed the most epoch making time of my country, well any country for that matter. Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins.

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 light, and Patel, well Paramount Pictures, which was planning a film based on the book, dropped the idea in fear that fanatics would emulate the scenario in real life.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Every Indian has grown up on a staple of myths and legends associated with our freedom fighters. Written init does bemoan the end of the Empire and all of the benefits England bought to the sub-continent but does pay homage to Gandhi.

Mar 29, Pratik Rath rated it it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed it, being strongly moved by many of the events portrayed. The book tells the true story on the basis of facts about how we got our freedom. If you ever wondered what unimaginably crazy life the Indian princes enjoyed, make sure you read the book.


But fortunately I chose a good book to read. Equal atrocities were experienced by the Muslims. Gandhi almost single-handedly prevented similar communal violence in Calcutta.

Jinnah does come off rather badly, but again, access to archival material was somewhat limited when the authors were penning this account, Jinnah himself was dead inand his personality jidnight that most of his thoughts were carried to the grave.

Freedom at Midnight

Jinnah is demonized for his insistence on a separate Pakistan for the Moslems. Little things like India having to bear the staggering high military cost of Empire don’t exist in the authors fictionalized world. Jan 19, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: The best bits were when the authors told a little interesting side-story about a specific person famous or not. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

A very detailed look from an English perspective of the formation of India and Pakistan. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, this book is still the best-selling account of Indian independence. The most astounding achievement of this book is that it rips out the aura ta myths that have agglomerated around our political figures associated with the freedom movement, and humanizes each and every one of them, while being totally neutral, and being absolutely honest with the facts.

The villain is Mohammed Jinnah, the father of Pakistan. Feels like a TV series about that era. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins (1975)

However he also often paints Mountbattion in a favourable light. Among the other central characters are Lord Louis and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, the reluctant last viceroy and last vicereine of India. And he may have been right, But this meant a partition, and in Punjab, the violence visited on the Sihks and Hindus freedo, Pakistan fleeing East and the Muslims fleeing West was beyond comprehension. Jan 14, John rated it it was amazing. Much of the book is a biography of Gandhi, and here I could only marvel at the power and authority of this man, and — on top of everything else — be riveted by the assassination story in all its detail that I had not known about.


Reason – they felt midbight of handling the horrendous situation partition had presented before them. Write a customer review.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is the first book I always recommend to anyone wanting to understand India better. The 30 hours freeddom interviews and thousands of pages of private diaries and notes the authors sifted through give this history a special inside look as seen by the man who, more ffreedom anyone, shaped the final outcome.

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Jun 04, Sandy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The struggle and stubbornness of political leaders to get their objectives would make you wonder, “Was the freedom really worth it? The lapiegre is superb. The mantle of Indian night, the smoke from those numberless cow-dung fires drifting through the evening sky, permeating it with the distinctive pungent smell that was the body odor of Mother India.

Despite this focus on the agency of qt great men, the primary mechanism which forces history forward in the book is destiny or fate.

A worried Nehru is shown in a sympathetic manner. Although most may know dpminique the partition caused obscene and bloody massacres between Hindus, Moslems and Sikhs, the ferocity is beyond imagination. He was the only major politician to see through the horrors of Partition and the bloodshed it would unleash. New York Times Book Review.

How much it might have taken for them to write this book. I usually do not buy books, preferring to borrow from a library. India and Pakistan were both hard at work This is a highly readable look at one pivotal year in the history of India: There is a description of the British summertime capital Shimla in the Himalayas and how supplies were carried up steep mountains by porters each year.