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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Freedom at Midnight

Houses were abandoned on both sides and empty homes were claimed quickly by anyone opportunistic enough. He makes references to two nation theory which has already been set aside as inaccurate. The book compresses the story to a tight one-year time frame. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Also, what e-mail address do I use to communicate with Amazon? However he also often paints Mountbattion in a favourable light. He seemed the only major voice midnigght for the British to leave and was saddened about the slaughter he predicted partition would bring.

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

Evidently, in his last days, he became more bitter and selfish. The authors struggle with the very basic idea of why some brown people wanted independence, especially when the British were so benevolent and wise, and give up and just talk about it like it was just something which was happening, no hard feelings really, except against Jinnah.


The author do possess storytelling skills,but as an objective and neutral historical text,this book leaves a lot to be desired. While serving in the public affairs office of the Allied Headquarters in Paris, fromhe met Dominique Lapierre with whom he would write several best-sellers over 43 years. I’m leaving for India and this book was recommended to me. Open Preview See a Problem?

Millions of people died when Hindus marched from the north and Muslims marched to the north. Prime Minister Clement Atlee prevailed upon Mountbatten to superintend the end of Great Britain’s reign in India, and Mountbatten’s cousin the king added his support. One person found this helpful. If one isn’t fond of non-fiction, I would suggest trying this one. Product details Audio CD Publisher: Anyone interested in History, Indiaphiles. I usually do not buy books, preferring to borrow from a library.

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Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins

The horror of partition was so animated in the book, you would flinch with revulsion. The author does not hesitate to criticise the Maharajas of India and Indian national leaders. So on one side we have Mountbatten, working hard, inviting a few brown men to luncheons every now and then, working so hard, with hardly any help, just a few thousand servants, not much at all, and on on the other we have those spoilt little boys, Gandhi and Jinnah, needlessly talking about freedom and what not.

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Just do like me and not have sex were ludicrous. That being said, this book is a MUST read for all fans of history and people interested in understanding Pakistan-India dynamics and the culture of the sub-continent. The loss of life is epic and extraordinary, and any who read it will quickly realize that members of all religious groups in this case, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus are capable of horrific violence, as well as heroic acts of self-sacrifice. If you ever wondered what unimaginably crazy life the Indian princes enjoyed, make sure you read the book.

The Journal of Asian Studies. Recommended to people who love history.

View all doimnique comments. This sort of narrative history also contains drawbacks that limit our understanding of this important moment. When it is not engaging however, it is not so because bad narration but because the subject becomes so brutal and horrifying. And he’s the grandson of some queen or the other! Explore the Home Gift Guide.

The single book can teach you a lot about Indian freedom struggle.