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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I can’t phone as I live in South Africa. This is a great one-volume history of the final months of the Raj and the independence of India and Pakistan. Oct 04, Addy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Forget the questions, did you know Jinnah was a stiff man who had this very uncomfortable stare? After reading this book, freefom begin to be something other than a total outsider. Freedom the other central characters are Lord Louis and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, the reluctant last viceroy and last vicereine of India.

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I have not read many books on Indian independence if you count the boring text books of school to judge whether this is the best book ever written on dlminique subject. In the first six weeks of independence, half as many people died violent deaths in India and Pakistan as the number of all the Americans who midniyht in all of World War II. The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean because of this.

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It’s almo Oh goody, yet another book written through colonial tinted glasses. 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, Freedok, Sikhs, and Hindus are capable of horrific violence, as well as heroic This is a terribly difficult book to rate. I can say with utmost certainty that no text book contains this information and nor will it. Scores of anecdotes, hundreds of facts, a thousand pages, all woven into one fantastic tale.

At the center of this drama are Nehru, Jinnah, Mountbatten and, of course, Gandhi, the gentle prophet of revolution, who stirred the masses of the most populous area on earth without raising his voice. Overall, it is a book that is worth reading.


Which is anything but true. Beautifully written to make stories from around the period of independence sound like a collection of creative short stories. Retrieved from ” https: Although most may know that the partition caused obscene and bloody massacres between Hindus, Moslems and Sikhs, the ferocity is beyond imagination.

This is a highly readable look at one pivotal year in the history of India: The book compresses the story to a tight one-year time frame. Just few days after, India officially got independence, the two spearheads of then Indian politics, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, visited the outgoing Viceroy Lord Mountbatten, and requested him to take back his previous charge. Apr 24, Aishah Macgill rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I usually do not buy books, preferring to borrow from a library.

Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, this book is still the best-selling account of Indian independence.

Dominique Lapierre was for many years senior reporter and editor for Paris Match.

Freedom at Midnight

And The cost of our freedom which is very often forgotten. To ask other readers questions about Freedom at Midnightplease sign up.

The struggle and stubbornness of political leaders to get their objectives would make you wonder, “Was the freedom really worth it? Frdedom 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.

Anyone interested in British Colonialism or India. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. As the authors put it, “She could preside over a formal banquet in a diamond tiara one night and minister with skill and compassion to cholera victims in a fetid slum the freexom morning.

The book boasts of an exhaustive research done in the library of Mountbatten, over dinners and back in India, which gives an impression that the book is true to the e The composition of this book is such that you won’t find it difficult midnighht read through the pages, and the authors have weaved it with simple, yet strong literature. 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.


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. I actually found it quite factual and objectively narrated.

However the appalling number or wrong words generated in the digitization process do great injustice to the authors’ hard work.

Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins () – Not Even Past

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.

One possible reason for this lack of crucial details: The thought that I knew the horrors of partition. The book had such a shocking effect that the French President cancelled the sale of nuclear reactors to Libya, even though it was meant for peaceful purposes. 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 The reading is hard going right now events just after the partition of India and Pakistan as the authors describe horrific events.

But this one is different. Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan. And he got his homeland. It is also unfortunate how we sometimes blame Mahatma Gandhi for the deeds he didn’t do or rather opposed against what he is accused of. 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.

Highly recommended to read if you are interested in Ah Raj, Indian partition and the massacre that followed, and of course the Indian Independence. There are enough reviews about the content of this book.