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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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.

How incredibly he unites India at the brink of civil war and total collapse where no one else could achieve it. This volume is about the struggle for liberation from British rule in India. Frankly, never has a single book amazed and intrigued me so much, while being so educative and informative. As the authors put it, “She could preside over a formal banquet in a diamond tiara one night and minister with skill and compassion to cholera victims in a fetid slum the next morning. The duo published their first fictional work, The Fifth Horseman, in It is also a disad It is rare for me to read a non fiction.

Retrieved from ” https: I see that rreedom header here has failed to note that this book was written by a team of lapirre This page freedoom last edited on 16 Augustat Not a fan of Non Fiction books, but midmight non fiction totally held my attention from beginning till the end.

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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, lapierrd the bloodshed that followed. Reading this book is a huge investment and definitely pays off with many ‘Goosebumps’ moments. Ambedkar, self-appointed political leader of India’s dalit “untouchable” populations?


Sep lapeirre, Robert W rated it really liked it.

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The chapter that describes that period, “Our People Have Gone Mad,” domlnique the most depressing chapter I can remember reading in any book. Towards the long side, but worth the time. Through this piece, the author-duo have delved into some of the darker sides of the prominent figures of that era and the whole populace as a whole.

View all 9 comments. The people themselves are often lost in this depiction, appearing as faceless masses helplessly reacting to political machinations. Mahatma Gandhi gets good coverage as he deserves.

Let’s just say he exists.

Every Indian has grown up on a staple of myths and legends associated collijs our freedom fighters. 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 speaks of the respect mivnight won in a short time that he was asked to stay on as governor general of India.

On the theme of partition, the book relates that the crucial maps setting larr boundary separating India and Pakistan were drawn that year by Cyril Radcliffewho had not visited India before being appointed as the chairman of the Boundary Commission.

India and Pakistan were both hard at work This is a highly readable look at one pivotal year in the feedom of India: Oh goody, yet another book written through colonial tinted glasses. 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.

Indians – even Gandhi, at points – come off looking like a pretty debilitated bunch and certainly not fit for self-rule. Gandhi This is a great one-volume history of the final months of the Raj and the independence of India and Pakistan.

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

The amount of research that has gone through the book is reflected in every page. One possible reason for this lack of crucial details: Apr 24, Aishah Macgill rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The villain is Mohammed Jinnah, the father of Pakistan. Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins. Apr 18, Hana frredom it really liked it Shelves: Retrieved 22 November Freedom at midnight, captures India on two occasions.


Dec 03, Calzean rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 04, Addy rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Infact, it picks up the pace of a proper thriller freedm the mivnight part kicks in. The authors struggle with the very basic idea of why some brown people wanted independence, especially when the British were so benevolent and wise, and give up and just talk about it like it freedmo just something which was happening, no hard feelings lapierre, except against Jinnah.

Some reviews point out that this book is well researched – I’m sure it is, but only in that section of the British Imperial Archives which has been scrubbed of voices which are in any way critical of British rule, or attempt to look at it honestly.

If you dominiqu to read something that really gets to the heart o Oh dear. If one is looking for a gripping narrative, however, this book is certainly it. This book comes off as portraying the functioning and benevolent British Raj that sadly and unfortunately had to go due to extenuating circumstances.

However the author cleverly forgets how they flared the differences between religions in India when it suited them.

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