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

Author: Bagami Mumi
Country: Somalia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Life
Published (Last): 16 December 2004
Pages: 80
PDF File Size: 8.10 Mb
ePub File Size: 20.96 Mb
ISBN: 308-9-93050-872-8
Downloads: 53895
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Gardagar

And The cost of our freedom which is very often forgotten. Jinnah does come off rather badly, but again, access to archival material was somewhat limited when the authors ddominique penning this account, Jinnah himself was dead inand his personality meant that most of his thoughts were carried to the grave.

Very rarely comes a defining moment that changes history to the extent of being un-recognizable collinss very rarely comes a colluns that changes your life, perceptions and everything that you presumed to be true once and for all. Books by Larry Collins. Want to Read saving…. And oh, look, Mountbatten has a Rolls Royce!

It’s almost a biblical story, and no wonder so many people still think fondly of empire, they probably read books like this one. This book has given me a new window into Indian and Pakistani culture that has really been educational and eye-opening. Reason – they felt incapable of handling the horrendous situation partition had presented before them. Scores of anecdotes, hundreds of facts, a thousand pages, all woven into one fantastic tale. Infact, it picks up the pace of a proper thriller once the assassination part kicks in.

Reading this book is a huge investment and definitely pays off with many ‘Goosebumps’ moments. I didn’t realize that part of the reason that Hindus hate Muslims so much is because many Muslims took up that religion domniique they were Hindu Untouchables who didn’t want to wait for the next life to have a little say-so in what happened to them.

Trivia About Freedom at Midnight. I can say with utmost certainty that no text book contains this information and nor will it. This page was last edited on 16 Augustat But, undoubtedly, this one is the best history book I have ever read. Mar 29, Pratik Rath rated it it was amazing.


A superb introduction to events which lead to the modern nation of India, but one should read other histories for some contradictory accounts. But sadly, this is a book that tries to justify Britain’s occupancy of India, trying to put with an utmost subtlety that the Britishers had no bad intentions and they did nothing but help India grow and become a better nation.

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. The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean bec A fascinating book.

Overall, it is a book that is worth reading. 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.

They will unlikely be as informative or as interesting to read. It covers all of and about a month fdeedomending with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

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

A sane voice amidst the chaos of religious clashes. It was enough to put Mountbatten of his tea, but poor little Mountbatten suffered through it all, why one year he met Jinnah twice! Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins.

Perspective The perspective of this book is both fascinating and appalling. The general impression was that Pakistan is just another country like Sri Lanka but an arch rival which waged wars against India and played nail-biting cricket matches. History is a story – and the problem dominqiue this book is not that it’s a story – the problem midnighg that it’s a glib view which completely omits and washes British hands of what they did during their occupation and departure from India.

The author however, succeeds because of the little incidents he manages to present in an engaging way. The book had such a shocking effect that the French President cancelled lapirre sale of nuclear reactors to Libya, even though it was meant for peaceful purposes. One possible reason for this lack of crucial details: Apr 28, Jan rated it it was ok.


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

Every Indian has grown up on a staple of myths and legends associated with our freedom fighters. The book compresses the story to a tight one-year time frame. For the most part the narration is very engaging, urging the readers to read on. I learned so much about Gandhi and the history of India. To ask other readers questions about Freedom at Midnightplease sign up. Click to purchase from Amazon India. The 30 hours of interviews and thousands of pages of private diaries and notes the authors sifted through give this history a special inside look as seen by the man who, more than anyone, shaped the final outcome.

And it explains many cultural nuances with which I was not familiar. But they have captured the times and the events thereof perfectly, in my opinion. He inspired a calming presence during rioting. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

lqpierre He also wrote Maze: Disillusioned with commerce, he took to journalism and joined the Paris bureau of United Press International inand became the news editor in Rome in the following year, and later the MidEast bureau chief in Beirut. He became the Paris bureau chief inwhere he would work untiluntil he switched to writing books. Oct 11, S.

The author does not hesitate to criticise the Maharajas of India and Indian national leaders. The chapter that describes that period, “Our People Have Gone Mad,” is the most depressing chapter I can remember reading in any book. I knew that India and Pakistan had been partitioned, but I didn’t know all the details of what happened and when.

Jan 19, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India.

Related Posts