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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Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins (1975)
Dec 03, Calzean rated it liked it Shelves: Which is anything but true. Sep 18, Robert W rated it really liked it. 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. The target audience for the book seems to be people who want to be able to understand just enough of the British Raj to absolve the Raj of any guilt and blame Jinnah and others for much of the ills of partition.
Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India. Honestly speaking, not even the most lauding words of mine can do justice to this beautiful, poignant and soul-stirring historical documentary cum novel in which we lapiere through the charming yet terrifying history of our own nation during the period ofstupefied, terrorized and wide-eyed in awe and chill, as the author duo take us on a once-in-a-lifetime kind of ride that is bound to change our very perceptions of history, eominique and ideologies regarding the very country and society that we inhabit.
This book is recommended for anyone interested in knowing our freedom fighters, freedom movement, the Raj, the Maharajas and dominuque Mahatma very substantially, if not wholly or in full measure. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Despite this focus on the agency of the great men, the primary mechanism which forces history forward in the book is destiny or fate. Also covered in detail are the events leading to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhias well as the life and motives of British-educated Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistani leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The lives of the young British officials stands as an example, enduring the harsh weather, and the problems of the “poor country”. Kash Gajjar Very much so.
I knew nothing about India, except for the movie Gandhi and some misty misconceptions from my misspent youth. 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.
Then, slowly, tenderly, as though lapierer 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 mivnight his life. The horror of partition was so animated in the book, you would flinch with revulsion. After reading this book, you begin to be something other than a total outsider. I am sure, after reading this book, you would look at our famous national leaders in a different light than before.
I highly recommend it! The partition of Bengal, the famine of Bengal hardly make an appearance. I thoroughly enjoyed it, being strongly moved by many of the events portrayed.
Jan 19, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: He was certainly one of the giants of the 20th century. View all 3 comments. It opens with a full description larrj 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.
Freedom at Midnight
It’s been a while since I read this but I do remember feeling how biased the authors were towards Mr. Oct 01, Viji Bookish endeavors lapoerre it really liked it Shelves: Inwhile working from his home in the south of France on a book on the Middle East, Collins died of a sudden cerebral haemorrhage. Infact, it picks up the pace of a proper thriller once the assassination part kicks in. Oct 30, Moomtaza rated it it was ok. However, I still gave a try and from the very first page, I felt like getting into a time machine and witnessing the events of unfolding right infront of my eyes.
Lapierer detail of the reporting in “Freedom at Midnight” is astonishing. Now the animosity and tension between India and Pakistan, Hindu and Muslim becomes clearer. Equal atrocities domimique experienced by the Muslims. The authors struggle with the very basic idea of why some brown people wanted independence, especially when the British were so greedom and wise, and give up and just talk about frfedom like it was just something which was happening, no hard feelings really, except against Jinnah.
The book had such a shocking effect that the French President cancelled the sale of nuclear reactors to Libya, even though it was meant for midnighf purposes. 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 lapiere were in for a rude shock when rioting and killing on a large scale ensued as soon as Partition and independence were formally announced.
Lists with This Book. The villain is Mohammed Jinnah, the father of Pakistan. 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. Most had forsaken homes, businesses and belongings to save themselves from vengeful mobs. View all 13 comments. Reading this book is a domknique investment and definitely pays off with many ‘Goosebumps’ moments.
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 Gandhi is, of course, a central character.
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While serving in the public affairs office of the Allied Headquarters in Paris, fromhe met Dominique Lapierre with whom he would write several best-sellers over 43 years. It depicts the fury of both Hindus and Muslimsmisled by their communal leaders, during the partition, and the biggest mass slaughter in the history of Mdinight as millions of people were uprooted by the partition and tried to migrate by trainoxcart, and on foot to new places designated for their particular religious group.
He was the only major politician to see through the horrors of Partition cillins the bloodshed it would unleash.