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. Full text of “Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight” India The Fifth Horseman Freedom at Midnight Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. First published in , this edition is a new edition of the best-selling book described as irreplaceable by Le Monde, Paris.

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And it explains many cultural nuances with which I was not familiar.

India and Pakistan were both hard at work This is a highly readable look at one pivotal year in the history of India: After reading this book, you begin to be something lpaierre than a total outsider. Perspective The perspective of this book is both fascinating and appalling. See all reviews.

There are no reviews yet. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. View all 13 comments. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Jinnah is demonized for his insistence on a separate Pakistan for the Moslems. The struggle and stubbornness of political leaders to get their objectives would make you wonder, “Was the freedom really worth it?

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. A sane voice amidst the chaos of religious clashes. 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.

The last quarter of the book was a thorough description of Gandhi’s assassination. This page was last edited on 16 Augustat Sep 19, Venkateswaran rated it it was amazing.

There is also a very horrifying and realistic account of the tragedy of partition and its bloody aftermath. If one isn’t fond of non-fiction, I would suggest trying this one.

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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. 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.


Is this feature helpful? Told in a way that even those who do not not know anything domijique history can clearly understand.

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So 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.

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This urgency to finish the job as quickly as possible led to decisions that ripped apart frreedom social fabric of the country, echoes of which are still heard in contemporary Indo-Pak relations. Luckily ‘Freedom at Midnight’ is one such source. My comment is not regarding the book itself, which is magnificent as are all books that were written by that marveluos midnlght of journalists.

Sep 24, Cathy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Heck the authors go all the other way, and midnught that the British lost money during the Raj, and it was literally out of the goodness of their white hearts that the Freedlm ruled India. He makes references to two nation theory which has already been set aside as inaccurate. It shows you in clear light, the real essence of being the father of a nation. This is a highly readable look at one pivotal year in the history of India: Kash Gajjar Very much so.

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 and after-math of the same is the defining book in my life. Feels like a TV series about that era. This book is imo, a must read for each and every Indian and Pakistani to actually understand in detail what exactly happened during those tumultuous times in an unbiased manner through the lapierrf of the person who was at its epicentre.

Unlike the other history books which states just facts this book shows the social condition too, in its own way. And the savagery that accompanied the deaths was horrifying — Moslems at the hands of Hindus and Sikhs; Hindus and Sikhs at the hands of Moslems.


I usually do not buy books, mdnight to borrow from a library. There were also many, many stories not told by this book and key players who were missing from the narrative, but that is the limitation of this type of history. And while the authors definitely adore Freeedom, I did learn more about him and about the Raj rule than I knew previously. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

So, I finally successfully moved out of my st ‘comfort zone’ and actually finished a non fiction book despite finishing 4 other fiction mixnight since I started this. Perhaps this is also the reason why they scarcely mention B. 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.

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

By developing the characters whom most of us already know – Gandhi, Nehru, Mountbatten, Jinnah, Churchill – we find ourselves in the venues of the account as quiet observers as the die is cast to deliver India to its destiny. 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. Reason – they felt incapable of handling the horrendous situation partition had presented before them.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The book gives a detailed account of the last year of the British Rajthe princely states’ reactions to independence including descriptions of the Indian princes’ colourful and extravagant lifestylesthe partition of British India into India and Pakistan on religious grounds, and the bloodshed that followed. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.