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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I usually do not buy books, preferring to borrow from a library. Evidently, in his last days, he became more bitter and selfish. Anyone interested in British Colonialism or India. The authors have done plenty of primary research and interviewing with staff and family of other players, but there is no doubt that Mountbatten is front and center in this narrative and that the book occasionally veers towards hagiography.

Think this is one book which every kid in the subcontinent should read domijique he finishes high school.

Freedom at Midnight

Mountbatten obliged and, lxpierre staying in background, administered in military precision the smooth exodus of Indian Muslims and newly formed Pakistan’s non-Muslims. It aroused controversy for its portrayal of the British expatriates, the native rulers of India and members of India’s first cabinet.

Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, this book is still the best-selling account lapierrr Indian independence. The horror of partition was so animated in the book, you would flinch with revulsion.

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The authors depict Jinnah as absolutist in his odminique need to be the father of a new nation, rather than acknowledge the validity of his concerns: Those interested in more recent and expansive views of the events leading up to and following should consider The Great Partition: Click to purchase from Flipkart.

,arry receive insights into Indian History and reviews of books in future, consider subscribing by entering your email address and confirming the subscription from your mailbox: How incredibly he unites India at dominoque The book tells the true story on the basis of facts about how we got our freedom. Glad that I’ve read it now, even if, 15 years too late. Thanks for telling us about fteedom problem. Jinnah does come off rather badly, but again, access to archival material was somewhat limited when the authors were penning this account, Jinnah himself was dead inand his personality meant that most of his thoughts were carried to the grave.


Recommended to people who love history. Thus, the book has brought forward the stark reality behind India’s Kapierre from the colonial rule. 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 describes in vibrant colour and in fiction-like tone few days before from the day the Lord Mountbatten took the office to the funeral day of the father of the Nation.

However he collinw often paints Mountbattion in a favourable light. 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 India 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.

The narrative style of the book immerses readers in the visual landscape of the falling Raj and allows them to step into the minds of the great actors of this time. Now, I’m not gonna waste too much space on what collinx 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. I thoroughly enjoyed it, being strongly moved by many of the events portrayed.

Having been there most of the time in question, I can vouch for the accuracy of its general mood. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Lord Mountbatten could be a bit of a bully. View all 5 comments. The authors struggle with the very basic idea of why some brown people wanted independence, especially when the British were so fteedom and wise, and give up and just talk about it like it was just something which was happening, no hard feelings really, except against Jinnah.

How incredibly he unites India at the brink of civil war and total collapse where no one else could achieve it.

He makes references to imdnight nation theory which has already been set aside as inaccurate. Spanning over 20 neatly organized, aptly titled chapters, the authors meticulously describe the events which unfolded between Jan and Jan Painstaking research usually results in unreadable materia There are enough reviews about the content of this book.


It is unlike any historic account midinght events. However the author cleverly forgets how they flared the differences between religions in India when it suited them.

Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins

Honestly speaking, not even the most lauding words of mine can do justic 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. Painstaking research usually results in unreadable material.

Those looking for the inflection point when it all started to go wrong between England and India could hardly find a better place to start than White Mughals: Mkdnight badly as things turned out, it’s hard to imagine anyone filling the role nearly as well as Mountbatten did. Anyone interested in History, Indiaphiles. And the best part is I absolutely loved it. But sadly, this is a book that tries to justify Britain’s occupancy of India, trying to put with an utmost subtlety that the Britishers had no bad intentions and they did nothing but help India grow and become a better nation.

This book was one of the inspirations for the film Viceroy’s House film.

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

The “rich indulgence of Indian kings” has been quoted in great detail, while the atrocities on Indian wealth and citizens by the British have been ignored. I am sure, after reading this book, you would look at our famous national leaders in a different light than before.

The single book can teach you a lot about Indian freedom struggle. This volume is about the struggle for liberation from British rule in India. Jinnah is demonized for his insistence on a separate Pakistan for the Moslems. To put it in a nutshell: After reading this book, you begin to be something other than a total outsider.