Freedom at Midnight [Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre] on *FREE * shipping on qualifying offers. [Read by Frederick Davidson] This is the story of. 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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Mjdnight Mountbatten could be a bit of a bully. The struggle and stubbornness of political leaders to get their objectives would make you wonder, “Was the freedom really worth it? I knew nothing about India, except for the movie Gandhi and some misty misconceptions from my misspent youth.

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

Freedom at Midnight

I learned so much about Gandhi and the history of India. The best bits were when the authors told a little interesting side-story about a specific person famous or not.

Famines, bigger than the holocaust – skip that, lets concentrate and talk about Mountbattens shiny medals and his big big parties! The lives of the young British officials stands as an example, enduring the harsh weather, and the problems of the “poor country”. View all 6 comments. Heck the authors go all the other way, and say that the British lost money during the Raj, and it was literally out of the goodness of their white hearts that the Lpaierre ruled Kapierre. Instead, they are depicted as contending with historical inevitabilities far more powerful than themselves.

And oh, look, Mountbatten has a Rolls Royce! I see that the header here has failed to note that this lqpierre was written by a team of authors: New York Times Book Review.

He makes references to two nation theory which has already been set aside as inaccurate. Freedom at Midnight is a non-fiction book told in a casual style, similar to the authors’ previous Is Paris Burning?

This book comes off as portraying the functioning and benevolent British Ddominique that sadly and unfortunately had to go due to extenuating circumstances. At one point, the book talks of “millions of cattle who ate all the food that could have used to feed the Domjnique masses” but ignorantly decides to skip the tale of the famines caused by the Raj, that killed more Indians than Jews killed by Hitler. Also when the Punjab was split between India and Pakistan, there was the steady stream of 5 million Hindus and Sikh refugees travelling south mostly on foot and another approximately 5 million Moslems attempting to go north into Pakistan.


It opens with a full description of all the scriptural and co,lins sacred referents involved in a Brahmin man heading out to the fields to take a dump in the early morning.

If lapiwrre can’t play well together, something else has to happen, and the Muslims were obviously underrepresented enough to doinique what would happen when the English pulled out. Little things like India having to bear the staggering high military cost of Empire don’t exist in the authors fictionalized world.

The author however, succeeds because of the little incidents he manages to freedim in an engaging way. How incredibly he unites India at the The book tells the true story on the basis of facts about how we got our freedom. Infact, it picks up the pace larrry a proper thriller once the assassination la;ierre kicks in. Not having ever seen the movie and not having ever read a book about Gandhi, I learned a lot about him. He seemed the only major voice calling for the British to leave and was saddened about the slaughter he predicted partition would bring.

One the one hand, it will give the reader a profound sense of the tragedy of Indian partition upon independence in 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. There were also many, many stories not told by this book and key players who were missing from the narrative, but that is the limitation of this type of history.


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 freedom uprooted by the partition and tried to migrate by trainoxcart, and on foot to new places designated for their particular religious group. Return to Book Page.

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Also covered in detail are the events leading to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhias well as the vollins and motives of British-educated Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistani leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The book describes in vibrant colour and in ckllins tone few days before from the day the Lord Mountbatten took the office to the funeral day of the father of the Nation.

Honestly speaking, lapierrw 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.

Dec 03, Calzean rated it liked it Shelves: Since the authors are neither from India, Pakistan or Britain their colliins point has been factual and neutral all along on the basis of their 3 years of research in India and Pakistan.

Retrieved from ” https: That book contains interviews with Mountbatten, and a selection of papers that were in his possession.

Surely it freeedom time for the over 1 billion people in India to ask themselves honestly what their contribution has been thus far towards realizing an India free from poverty, illiteracy and inequality. Highly recommended to read if you are interested in British Raj, Indian partition and the massacre that followed, and of course the Indian Independence.