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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So, I finally successfully moved out of my reading ‘comfort zone’ and actually finished a non fiction book despite finishing 4 other fiction novels since I started this. How much it might have taken for them to write this book. Because of these limitations this book is a place to start, not the place to stop in any serious study of South Asia, but reviewers who have suggested that the authors are apologists for the British are dead wrong.

Highly recommended to read if yo Not a fan of Non Fiction books, but this non fiction totally held my attention from beginning till the end. Highly recommended to read if you are interested in British Raj, Indian partition and the massacre that followed, and of course the Indian Independence. Despite this focus on the agency of the great men, the primary mechanism which forces history forward in the book is destiny or fate. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Journal of South Asian Studies. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

Inthey published Freedom at Midnight, a story of the Indian Independence inand the subsequent assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in Read reviews that mention freedom at midnight kindle edition india and pakistan collins and lapierre must read british raj dominique lapierre great book well written last viceroy lord mountbatten read this book indian independence congress party anyone interested indian freedom louis mountbatten jawaharlal nehru jerusalem paris paris burning.

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

When it midnighr 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.


Very rarely comes a defining moment that changes history to the extent of being un-recognizable and very rarely comes a book that changes your life, perceptions and everything that you presumed to be true once and for all.

Preview — Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins. 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 eyes of the person who was at its epicentre. Glad that I’ve read it now, even if, 15 years too late. What were those uncomfortable questions?


Another fascinating aspect of this book is its characterization of Mahatma Gandhi, so real yet surreal at times. The best book ever written on the birth of Pakistan as a nation.

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Is this feature helpful? InCollins authored Fall From Grace without Lapierre about a woman agent sent into freeom France who realizes she may be betrayed by her British masters if necessary. Every Indian has grown up on a staple of myths and legends associated with our freedom fighters.

Interview with Professor Irfan Habib. In the first six weeks of independence, half as many people died violent deaths in India and Pakistan as the number of all the Americans who died in all of World War II. It opens with a full description of all the scriptural and other sacred referents involved in a Brahmin man heading out to the fields to take a dump in the early morning. Jinnah lapirre demonized for his insistence on a separate Pakistan for the Midnifht. But fortunately I chose a good book to read.

Anyone interested in History, Indiaphiles.

And The cost of our freedom which is very often forgotten. Many migrants fell victim to bandits ,idnight religious extremists of both dominant religions. And it explains many cultural nuances with which I was not familiar. 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 book tells the tales of lavish lives of Maharajas, the behind the scene stories of Kashmir, the gory details of the Partition and its aftermath, the stance of our leaders at different stages, all the conspiracies till the death of the Mahatma.


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If lxpierre ever wondered what unimaginably crazy life the Indian princes enjoyed, make sure you read the book. However the author does make several incorrect claims. This book gets high marks from many reviewers for its easy reading, and whilst there are some fredom rhetorical flourishes, they become overused to the point of cliche if I never see the words ‘Queen Victoria’s great-grandson’ again it will treedom too soon.

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. Sep 19, Venkateswaran rated it it was amazing.

Share your thoughts with other customers. I knew nothing about India, except for the movie Gandhi and some misty misconceptions from my misspent youth. Lapierde 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.

One possible reason for this lack of crucial details: Freedom at Midnight is a non-fiction book told in a casual style, similar to the authors’ mkdnight Is Paris Burning? The socio-economic conditions, the religious mindsets, the convoluted politics – you live the fight for freedom yourself throught this book. I was not familiar with Jinnah before reading the book, but gained a great deal of respect for him.

A fine haze stood above the vast plain filtering through its screen the last roseate glow of the sinking sun.