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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However the author does make several incorrect claims. Return to Book Page. Perspective The perspective of this book is both fascinating and appalling. The book tells the true story on the basis of facts about how we got our freedom. And he’s the grandson of some queen or the other! This book comes off as portraying the functioning and benevolent British Raj that sadly and unfortunately had to go due to extenuating circumstances. Frankly, never has a single book amazed and intrigued me so much, while being so educative and informative.

Aug 14, Devakinandan rated it it was amazing. All qualities counted, however, there is a big problem with the perspective. You are bound to bow in humility and fall in love with this mahatma, whether you have read good or bad or nothing about him before.

But sadly, this is a book that tries to justify Britain’s occupancy of India, trying to put with rfeedom utmost subtlety that the Britishers had no bad intentions and they did nothing but help Midnihht grow and become a better nation. Those looking for the inflection point when it all started to go wrong between England and India could hardly find a better place to start than White Mughals: Millions of people died when Hindus marched from the north and Muslims marched to the north.

But, undoubtedly, this one is the best history book I have ever read. To see what your friends thought of minight book, please sign up. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The most astounding achievement of this book is that it rips out the aura of myths that have agglomerated around our political figures associated with the freedom movement, and humanizes each and every one of them, while being totally neutral, and being absolutely honest with the facts.


The lives of the young British officials stands as an example, enduring the harsh weather, and the problems of the freedm country”. The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean bec A fascinating book. University of Cambridge Press.

lapierrw I knew nothing about India, except for the movie Gandhi and some misty misconceptions from my misspent youth. If one isn’t fond of non-fiction, I would suggest trying this one.

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Kash Gajjar Very much so. Recommended to people who love history. Paramount Pictures, which was planning a film based on the book, dropped the idea in fear that fanatics would emulate the scenario in real life. A must read book for all generations. It was enough to put Mountbatten of his tea, but poor little Mountbatten suffered through it all, why one year he met Jinnah twice! Brilliantly reported and written, this nonfiction book tells the story of the year India became an independent nation and the new nation of Pakistan was created.

I actually found it quite factual and objectively narrated. He also wrote Maze: Now the animosity and tension between India and Pakistan, Hindu and Muslim becomes clearer.

Another fascinating aspect of this book is its characterization of Mahatma Gandhi, laapierre real yet surreal at times. And after each visit he had to go recover in the hill stations of Simla because Jinnah midhight such an unpleasant little man, asking uncomfortable questions. Think this is one book which every kid in the subcontinent should read before he finishes high school.

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They are represented here as isolated personages who hold the fate of the Indian people in their hands.

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Towards the long side, but worth the time. Something I did not expect to occur when reading the book was to lose respect for Gandhi. And although that was a largely ceremonial title, the government’s leaders asked him to secretly take on almost dictatorial powers when the crisis came.

Anyone interested in History, Laoierre. They will unlikely be as informative or as interesting to read. And he got his homeland. Among the other central characters Brilliantly reported and written, this nonfiction book tells the story of the year India became an independent nation and the new nation of Pakistan was created.

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Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins. It describes events around Indian independence and partition inbeginning with the appointment of Lord Mountbatten of Burma as the last viceroy of British Indiaand ending with the death and funeral of Mahatma Gandhi. As the narration reaches closer to the midnight of Augthe book turns into a sort of hourly journal covering the ecstacy of masses on one hand due to independence and on the other hand, the gruesome details of partition riots, hatred, bigotry and religious conversions.

The mantle of Indian night, the smoke from those numberless cow-dung fires drifting through the evening sky, permeating it with the distinctive pungent smell that was the body odor of Mother India. It is rare for me to read a non fiction. Dec 03, Calzean rated it liked it Shelves: