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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I see that the header here has failed to note that this book was written by a team of authors: The writing is superb. Here’s an especially evocative excerpt, from Pagewith Jawarharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi traveling together dominoque independence neared and they felt the weight of all India on their shoulders: Interview with Professor Irfan Habib.

But fortunately I chose a good book to read. 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 Lappierre, Jinnah, the only guy who is shown in the bad light, and Patel, well Although most may know that the partition caused obscene and bloody massacres between Hindus, Moslems and Sikhs, the ferocity is beyond imagination.

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

Over four prior book collaborations, Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre larrg a winning formula for accessible, page-turning popular histories: Having been there most of the time in question, I can vouch for the accuracy of its general mood. To receive insights into Indian History and reviews of books in future, consider subscribing midnlght entering your email address and confirming the subscription from your mailbox: There is also a very horrifying and realistic account of the tragedy of partition and its bloody aftermath.

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 dominkque pleasing their “memsahibs”. And he’s the grandson of some queen or the other!

Open Preview See a Problem? 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. If you can’t play well together, something else has to happen, and the Muslims were obviously underrepresented enough to know what would happen when the English pulled out.


Even after 60 odd years, the recollection of some of the events is truly sickening, even to those of my generation who have never experienced the anguish the men and women at that time suffered. The violence that occurred because of partition from all sides was a pre-cursor to what we in the modern day associate with places like Bosnia and Croatia, on a more giant scale because of the massive population. I’m leaving for India and this book was recommended to me.

Highly recommended to read if you are interested in British Raj, Indian partition and the massacre that followed, and of course the Indian Independence. It’s been a while since I read this but I do remember feeling how biased the authors were towards Mr. Must read for every Indian.

Since the authors are neither from India, Pakistan or Britain their dominlque point has been factual and neutral all along on the basis of their 3 years of research in India and Pakistan.

If my history books had been written by La pierre and Collins, I would have never taken up engineering 3. This sort of coolins history also contains drawbacks that limit our understanding of this important moment. On the theme of partition, the book relates that the crucial maps setting the boundary separating India and Pakistan were drawn that year by Cyril Radcliffewho had not visited India before being appointed as the chairman of the Boundary Commission.

And after each visit he had to go recover in the hill stations of Simla because Jinnah was such an unpleasant little man, asking uncomfortable questions. Midnivht it is not engaging however, it is not so because bad narration but because the subject becomes so brutal and horrifying.

Beautifully written to make stories from around the period feedom independence sound like a collection of creative short stories. He was certainly one of the giants of the 20th century.

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I highly recommend it! The book ignores practically all Indian writings, and even famous British writers like Adam Smith or Florence Nightingale who were harping on about the British needlessly killing millions in famines every few years in British India. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is a terribly difficult book to rate. Except for not allowing his personal plane to transport his Muslim countrymen out of harm’s way while he was dying.


Famines, bigger than the holocaust – skip that, lets concentrate and talk about Mountbattens shiny medals and his big big parties! See all 10 questions about Freedom at Midnight…. Inthey published Freedom at Midnight, a story of the Indian Independence inand the subsequent assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in Highly recommended to read if yo Not a fan of Non Fiction books, but this non fiction totally held my attention from beginning till the end.

Not a fan of Non Fiction books, but this non fiction totally held my attention from beginning till the end. Little things like India having to bear the staggering high military cost of Empire don’t exist in the authors fictionalized world.

And while the authors definitely adore Mountbatten, I did learn more about him and about the Raj rule than I knew previously. Which is anything but true. It’s almo Oh goody, yet another book written through colonial tinted glasses. 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 next morning. The ensuing riots are given a lot of space.

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The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean bec A fascinating book. Instead, they are depicted as contending with historical inevitabilities far more powerful than themselves. Honestly speaking, not even the most lauding words of mine can do justic Very 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.

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 This is a terribly difficult book to rate.