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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India and Pakistan are still political foes, I for one, wish partition never happened.
If you like history but not the druggery of reading blah blah boring writers, THESE are the historians for you. Share your thoughts with other customers. Here’s an especially evocative excerpt, from Pagewith Jawarharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi traveling together as independence neared and they felt the lapoerre of all India on their shoulders: See all customer images. 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.
Ten million wt were displaced in the border crossings that followed the creation of India and Pakistan.
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The lzpierre themselves are often lost in this depiction, appearing as faceless masses helplessly reacting to political machinations. This is an excellent book. Independence of India was the defining moment in modern India and this book by the author duo Dominique Lappierre and Larry Collins on the before ffeedom after-math of the same is the defining book in my life.
He inspired a calming presence during rioting. Freedom at Midnight is a non-fiction book told in a casual style, similar to the authors’ previous Is Paris Burning?
Sep 19, Venkateswaran rated it it was amazing. When it is not engaging however, it is not so because bad narration but because the subject becomes so brutal and horrifying. Oct 01, Viji Bookish endeavors rated it really liked it Shelves: Let’s just say he exists. Little things like India having to bear the staggering high military cost of Empire don’t exist in the authors fictionalized world. The thought that I knew the horrors of partition.
While liberated in his views on women in some respects, others like his views on rape– just lie back and take it, ladies. New York Times Book Review. Much of the book is a biography of Gandhi, and here I could only marvel at the power and authority of this man, and — on top of everything else — be riveted by the assassination story in all its detail that I had not known about. At one point, the book talks of “millions of cattle who ate all the food that could have used to feed the Indian masses” but ignorantly decides to skip the tale of the famines caused by the Raj, that killed more Indians than Jews killed by Hitler.
It’s almost a biblical story, and no wonder so many people still think fondly of empire, they probably read books like this one. One person found this helpful.
Freedom at Midnight
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. Forget the questions, did you know Jinnah was a stiff man who had this llapierre uncomfortable stare?
Mar 29, Pratik Rath rated it it was amazing.
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Jan 14, Dwight rated it it was amazing. Then, slowly, tenderly, as though to expiate with his mixnight touch the pain he had caused him, he began to massage the callused feet of the sleeping man to whom he had devoted so much of his life. 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.
View all 13 comments. There is also a very horrifying and realistic account freevom the tragedy of partition and its bloody aftermath. Feels like a TV series about that era. One gets to know why this is the one deep blemish that has stained the minds of every subsequent generation on the both sides of the border.
The book tells the true story on the basis of facts about how we got our freedom. The struggle and stubbornness of political leaders to get their objectives would make you wonder, “Was the freedom really worth it? Recommended to people who love history. Edwina Mountbatten was as hard-working and courageous as her husband, and she was more of a people person.