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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When reading about these little things, one begins to understand more about the partition than what is generally understood. Trains arrived in Indian stations with compartments full of dead and maimed passengers, blood flowing from compartments. Must read for every Indian. Dec 03, Calzean rated it liked it Shelves: A book written only to make you like the British Raj, making Mountbatten the hero of all this, being equally praised by the British and Indians.

It’s been a while since I read this but I do remember feeling how biased the authors were towards Mr. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. 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.

Someone failed on the quality control of the Kindle edition. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Sep 24, Cathy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Interview with Professor Masood ul Hasan. The socio-economic conditions, the religious mindsets, the convoluted politics – you live the fight for freedom yourself throught this book.

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Inafter five years’ research and interviews, they published O Jerusalem! It speaks of the respect he won in a short time that he was asked to stay on as governor general of India. Think this is one micnight which every kid in the subcontinent should read before he finishes high school.

Lists with This Book. This book was one of the inspirations for the film Viceroy’s House film. The final aspect, which should make this a fun read for everyone including people who are not fans of dokinique is the colorful and detailed description of the often futile and vain life of Indian nobility.


From a thousand, tens of thousands of mud-brick huts speckling the great Punjab plain ag came, the smoke of India’s mealtime fires. 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.

I highly recommend it!

Muslims intercept trainloads full of Hindus fleeing Pakistan and massacred the passengers. Prime Minister Clement Atlee prevailed upon Mountbatten to superintend the end of Great Britain’s reign in India, and Mountbatten’s cousin the king added his support. The reality at least as perceived by citizens of the two countries is much more complicated.

Trains arrived I’m leaving for India and this book was recommended to me. The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean bec A fascinating book.

It is also a cautionary tale for the present, by showing so clearly how false distinctions between people, riven by such things as religion, wealth, and power, can so readily cause diverse communities living in harmony for centuries to shatter the peacefulness of their coexistence and turn on each other in abhorrent communal violence at a freedon notice, leaving us stunned and questioning our humanity.

This is the first book I always recommend to anyone wanting to understand India better. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Aug 11, Nitish rated it it was amazing.

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The book ignores practically all Indian writings, and even famous British writers like Adam Smith or Florence Nightingale who were harping on about the British needlessly killing millions in famines every few years in British India. And after each visit he had to go recover in the hill stations of Simla because Jinnah was such an unpleasant little man, asking uncomfortable questions. Then, slowly, tenderly, as though to expiate with his gentle 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.


After reading this book, you begin to be something other than a total outsider. Towards the long side, but worth the time.

Reason – they felt incapable of handling the horrendous situation partition had presented before them.

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Ten million people were displaced in the border crossings that followed the creation of India and Pakistan. The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean because of this. I actually found it quite factual and objectively narrated. Jun 04, Sandy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jan 19, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Return to Book Page.

The book underscores the power of language, with excerpts from the inimitable speeches delivered extemporaneously by Nehru, in quick succession, upon laierre birth of the nation, and ultimately the death of its father.

Books by Larry Collins. The book has been written in a way as if the author were the eye-witness of all the incidents, and now the readers are. Luckily ‘Freedom at Midnight’ is one such source. Refresh and try again. Edwina Mountbatten was as hard-working and courageous as her husband, and she was more of a people person. It was midnigght in However dominisue author cleverly forgets how they flared the differences between religions in India when it suited them. The narrative style of the book immerses readers in the visual midnighh of the falling Raj and allows them to step into the minds of the great actors of this time.

It’s almo Oh goody, yet another book written through colonial tinted glasses. The Shadow of the Great Game: