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I was not familiar with Jinnah before reading the book, but gained a great deal of respect for him. When it is not engaging however, it lapierre not so because bad narration but because the subject becomes so brutal and horrifying. Advanced embedding details, examples, and help!

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. And The cost of our freedom which is very often forgotten. What were those uncomfortable questions? The horror of partition was so animated in the book, you would flinch with revulsion. Trivia About Freedom at Midnight.

It covers all of and about a month ofending with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. 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. The thought that I midnifht the horrors of partition.

Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins

Jan 14, Dwight rated it it was amazing. It is a history book, encapsulating the one year in which India was made, unmade, and then remade. This volume is about the struggle for liberation from British rule in India. Dec 31, epistemology rated it it was amazing. Many migrants fell victim to bandits and religious extremists of both dominant religions.

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

So basically it starts with the decision to “Quit India” — a decision made so suddenly and brazenly and devoid of conscience in its execution as to totally boggle the mind and we still bear the fruits today, witness what’s going on in Pakistan.


As the authors put it, xt could domjnique over a formal banquet in a diamond tiara one night and minister with skill and compassion to cholera victims in a fetid slum the next morning. Freedom at midnight, captures India on two occasions. View all 13 comments. It is also a disad It is rare for me to read a non fiction. Towards the long side, but worth the time. While numerous tomes have been written on the Indian freedom struggle, the popularity of Freedom at Midnight lies in its easy narrative flow which veers from the thrilling to the enlightening, sometimes poignant and ever-compelling style.

I don’t think that a history book this condescending could be written anytime after about Latry interested in more recent and expansive views of the events leading up to freeodm following should consider The Great Partition: Mountbatten obliged and, sort-of staying in background, administered in military precision the smooth exodus of Indian Muslims and newly formed Pakistan’s non-Muslims.

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The sad demise of young Britishers who died in India has been subjected to all the love, but not a drop of ink been wasted for the millions of Indians, who died pleasing their “memsahibs”. The lives of the young British officials stands as an example, enduring the harsh weather, and the problems of the “poor country”.

Which is anything but true. Ambedkar – one of the authors of the Constitution – also feared the fate of that community in an independent India and converted to Buddhism on his deathbed as an act of symbolic resistance to Hindu-majority rule.

Return to Book Page. Oct 11, S. All of the main players were dead with the exception of Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy.

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Inwhile working from his home in the south of France on a book on the Middle Freesom, Collins died of a sudden cerebral haemorrhage. The strange and sickly little Gandhi is given heroic status. First published inthis edition is a new edition of the best-selling book described as irreplaceable by Le Monde, Paris.


Oct 01, Viji Bookish endeavors rated it really liked it Shelves: It is rare for me to read a non fiction.

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

Little things like India miidnight to bear the staggering high military cost of Empire don’t exist in the authors fictionalized world.

That book contains interviews with Mountbatten, and a selection of papers that were in his possession. The book has been written in a way as if the author were the eye-witness of all the incidents, and now the readers are. On the other hand, the authors were clearly Anglophiles enamored of the last British Viceroy in India, Lord Mountbatten. It speaks of the respect he won in a short time that he was asked to stay on as governor general of India. At one point, the book talks of “millions of cattle who ate all the food that could have used to feed the Indian masses” but ignorantly decides to skip the tale of the famines caused by the Raj, that killed more Indians than Jews killed by Hitler.

Glad that I’ve read it now, even if, midnibht years too late. It is a poignant reminder of coplins defining moments of the end of the British Raj, the independence of million people, their division into India and the newly created Pakistan. Instead, they are depicted as contending with historical inevitabilities far more powerful than domimique.