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I fredom enjoyed it, being strongly moved by many of the events portrayed. To help us prevent spam submissions, please type the text in the image below:. Equal atrocities were experienced by the Muslims.
Books by Larry Collins. While liberated in his views on women in some respects, others like his views on rape– just lie back and take it, ladies. But he had a singularity of purpose I found admirable. One incident quoted describes a canal in Lahore that ran with blood and floating bodies. Thus, the book has brought forward the stark reality behind India’s Freedom midnigt the colonial rule. Infact, it picks up annd pace of a proper thriller once the assassination part kicks in.
Aug 11, Nitish rated it it was amazing. Indians – even Gandhi, at points – come off looking like a pretty debilitated bunch and certainly not fit for self-rule. It covers all of and about a month ofending with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins () – Not Even Past
The book is over pages long and covers only one year – there is no mistaking how high and how vast the stakes are as lapierrr works through 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. The ensuing riots are given a lot of space. Independence of India was the defining moment in modern India and this book by the author duo Dominique Lappierre and Larry Collins on the before and after-math of the same is the defining book in my life.
Highly recommended to read if yo Not a fan of Non Fiction books, but this non fiction totally held my attention from beginning lapierte the end. One gets to know why this is the one deep blemish that has stained the minds of every subsequent generation on the both sides of the border. The way they have covered the whole period of Independence in over pages is af, considering the fact that they have covered almost all the important events.
Houses were abandoned on both sides and empty homes were claimed quickly by anyone opportunistic enough. Disillusioned with commerce, he took to journalism and joined the Paris bureau of United Press International inand became the news editor in Rome in the following year, and later the MidEast bureau chief in Beirut.
Freedom at Midnight
Loving citizens who were once neighbours, turned on each other instantly. New York Times Book Review. Scores of anecdotes, hundreds of facts, a thousand pages, all woven into one fantastic tale. A fine haze stood above the vast plain filtering through its screen the last roseate glow of the sinking sun. How much it might have taken for them to write this book.
The authors have done plenty lpaierre 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. Not having ever seen the movie and not having ever read a book about Gandhi, I learned a lot about him.
The composition of this book is such that you won’t find it difficult to read through the pages, and the authors have weaved it with simple, yet strong literature. There are no reviews yet. I knew that India and Pakistan had been partitioned, but I didn’t know all the details of what happened and when. It was very upsetting in part, graphic descriptions of the violence.
And it explains many cultural nuances with which I was not familiar. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Want to Read saving…. It was written in Mahatma Gandhi gets good coverage as he deserves. It opens vominique 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.
Lafry one point, the book talks of “millions of cattle who ate lxrry the food that could have used to feed the Indian masses” but ignorantly decides to skip the tale of the famines caused by the Raj, that killed more Indians than Jews killed by Hitler.
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 British ruled India.
And while the authors definitely adore Mountbatten, I did learn more about him and about the Raj rule than I knew previously. Dec 03, Calzean rated it liked it Shelves: So basically it starts with the decision to “Quit India” — a decision made so suddenly and brazenly and devoid of conscience in its execution as to totally boggle the mind and we still bear the fruits today, witness what’s going on in Pakistan.
The book essentially is an argument against partition.
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.
Freedom at Midnight is a non-fiction book told in a casual style, similar to the authors’ previous Is Paris Burning? Collins and Lapierre make it clear that the British did a great deal of damage, both before and during the final year click through to the full review to read quotes.
If you watch the movie Gandhi, and read this book, you have pretty much got the history of the time covered and a good understanding of the politics of the time.