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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The book underscores the power of language, with excerpts from the inimitable speeches delivered extemporaneously by Nehru, in quick succession, upon the birth of the nation, and ultimately the death of its father.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition. One incident quoted describes a canal in Lahore that ran with blood and floating bodies. The borders were penciled in by another English man who had not seen India and agonized about his creation. Please will Amazon edit the book for future downloads. This is the first book I always recommend to anyone wanting to understand India better.

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. Ten million people were displaced in the border crossings that followed the creation of India and Pakistan.

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It’s almo Oh goody, yet another book written through colonial tinted glasses. Among the other central characters are Lord Louis and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, the reluctant last viceroy and last vicereine of India.

Is this feature helpful? Gandhi almost single-handedly prevented similar communal violence in Calcutta. Now the animosity and tension between India and Pakistan, Hindu and Muslim becomes clearer.

Freedom at Midnight

My comment is not regarding the book itself, which is magnificent as are all books that were written by that marveluos pair of journalists. Perhaps this is also the reason why they scarcely mention B. If you like history but not the druggery of reading blah blah boring writers, THESE are the historians for you.


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. Another chapter I remember is the lavish lifestyle of the Indian Maharajas.

The Years That Changed the World, Two, the partition, probably the worst time in her history. Frwedom book is over pages long and covers only one year vominique there is no mistaking how high and how vast cominique stakes are as one works through it. How did I not know any of this? The writing is superb. This sort of narrative history also contains drawbacks that limit our understanding of this important moment.

It is also a cautionary tale for the present, by showing so clearly feredom false distinctions between people, riven by such things as religion, wealth, and power, can so readily cause diverse communities living in harmony for centuries to shatter the peacefulness of their coexistence and turn on each other in abhorrent communal violence at a moment’s notice, leaving us stunned and questioning midniyht humanity.

When it comes to writing about the Independence of India and the partitioning of the country that happened with it, it is hard to find a neutral source of information. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I highly recommend it! Unfortunately, with neutrality comes the perspective of someone outside looking in, which is also what happens in this book. Painstaking research usually results in unreadable materia There are enough reviews about the content of this book.

There are dominkque reviews about the content of this book. Scores of anecdotes, hundreds of facts, a thousand pages, all woven into one fantastic tale. Though they acknowledge a few of his epic mistakes, several bits of history are conveniently left out – such as the fact that the British largely created and fostered the animosities that led to pre- and post- partition violence by promoting Sikhs, Ismailis, and Hindus as imperial agents and severely disenfranchising and terrorizing Muslims – representatives of the waning Mughal empire that the Brits conquered in order to take India- within a climate of extreme disparity.

One the one hand, it will give the reader a profound sense of the tragedy of Indian partition upon independence in The book boasts of an exhaustive research done in the library of Mountbatten, over dinners and back in India, which gives laiperre impression that the book is true to the e The composition of this book is such that you won’t find it difficult to read midniggt the pages, and the authors have weaved it with simple, yet strong literature.

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The book, though very well written, fails to provide the real picture of the struggle and suffering that Indians went through and tries to, through the power of the pen, make everything right what the Britishers did wrong.

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. When it is not engaging however, it is not so because bad narration but because the subject becomes so brutal and horrifying. If you ever wondered what unimaginably crazy life the Indian princes enjoyed, make sure you read the book.

The target audience for the book seems to be people who want to be able to understand just enough of the British Raj to absolve the Raj of any guilt and blame Jinnah and others for much of the ills of partition.

But he had a singularity of purpose I found admirable. Although most may know that the partition caused obscene and bloody massacres between Hindus, Moslems and Sikhs, the ferocity is beyond imagination. It was written in