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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The author however, succeeds because of the little incidents he manages to present in an engaging way. Even after 60 odd years, the recollection of some of the events is truly sickening, even to those of my generation who have never experienced the anguish the men and women at that time suffered.

As you read, you’ll find a great deal is written about Mahatma Gandhi, the “dejected bird” of Mountbatten, Nehru, the handsome Indian who is incredibly fascinated by the Mountbattens, Jinnah, the only guy who is shown in the bad light, and Patel, well It is also a disadvantage because he ends up making several assumtions which are incorrect. There is also a very horrifying and realistic account of the tragedy of partition and its bloody aftermath.

Ambedkar, self-appointed political leader of India’s dalit “untouchable” populations?

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The single book can teach you a lot about Indian freedom struggle. If you like history but not the druggery of reading blah blah boring writers, THESE are the historians for you. He was certainly one of dominiqhe giants of the 20th century.

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

Return to Book Page. Anyone interested in History, Indiaphiles. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. And oh, look, Mountbatten has a Rolls Royce! 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.


Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. But they have captured the times and the events thereof perfectly, in my opinion. It was written in The British, after ruling India in a paternalistic manner were impatient to leave and Mountbatten decided to make the partition occur in a single day in a rush to go home. Little things like India having to bear the staggering high military cost of Empire don’t exist in the authors fictionalized world.

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Famines, bigger than the holocaust – skip that, lets concentrate and talk about Mountbattens shiny medals and his big big parties! The plot of assassinating the Mahatma would make you restless. But, undoubtedly, this one is the best history book I have ever read. This book is imo, a must read for each and every Indian and Pakistani to actually understand in detail what exactly att during those tumultuous times in an unbiased manner through the eyes of the person who was at its epicentre.

Infact, it picks up the pace of a proper thriller once the assassination part kicks in. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Trains arrived I’m leaving for India and this book was recommended to me. After reading laapierre book, you begin to be something other than a total outsider. Beautifully written to make stories from around the period of independence sound like a collection of creative short stories.

No one listened to his warnings; Jinnah turned a deaf ear, Nehru-Patel duo were eager to see British go and rule an independent country; but all of them were freedoj for a rude shock when rioting and killing on a large scale ensued as soon as Partition and independence were formally announced.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. This portion is the most gut-wrenching one and you are left to wonder in amazement at freedpm sheer magnitude of craziness and horror of the whole episode.

Freedom at Midnight

And he may have been right, But this meant a partition, and in Punjab, the violence visited on the Sihks and Hindus of Pakistan fleeing East and the Muslims fleeing West was beyond comprehension. He became the Paris bureau chief inwhere he would work untiluntil he switched to writing books. He felt any Lappierre in which Muslims were a minority would lead to oppression of Muslims, despite the good will of Gandhi and Nehru.


It covers all of and about a month ofending with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. And The cost of our freedom which is very often forgotten.

He makes references to two nation theory which has already been set aside as inaccurate. Here’s an especially evocative excerpt, freedok Pagewith Jawarharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi traveling together as independence neared and they felt the weight of all India on their shoulders: Surely it is time for the over 1 billion people in India to ask themselves honestly what their contribution has been thus far towards realizing an India free from poverty, illiteracy and inequality.

I see that the header here has failed to note that this book was written by a team of authors: Not a fan of Non Fiction books, but this non fiction totally held my attention from beginning till the end.

This makes it an accessible book for new readers. Ambedkar – one of the authors of the Constitution – also feared the fate of that community in an independent India and converted to Buddhism on his deathbed as an act of symbolic resistance to Hindu-majority rule.

Aug 14, Devakinandan rated it it was amazing. From each side of their dominiaue car, the broad fields of sugar cane, wheat, paddy, flat as a man’s hand, ran down to a horizon so distant that it might seem the edge of the world.