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Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins (1975)
Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. It’s almost a biblical story, and no wonder so ah people still think fondly of empire, they probably read books like this one. However the author cleverly forgets how they flared the differences between religions in India when it suited them. The author however, succeeds because of the little incidents he manages to present in an engaging way.
The strange and sickly little Gandhi is given heroic status.
Dec 21, Ankit Mishra rated it liked it. 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 them were in for a rude shock when rioting and killing on a large scale ensued as soon as Partition and independence were formally announced.
This sort of narrative history also contains drawbacks that limit our understanding of this important moment. This book is recommended for anyone lwrry in knowing our freedom fighters, freedom movement, the Raj, the Maharajas and the Mahatma very substantially, if not wholly or in full measure.
To freedo what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Trivia About Freedom at Midnight. The British, after ruling India in a paternalistic manner were impatient to leave and Mountbatten decided to make the partition occur in a single day in a rush to go home.
Told in a way that even those who do not not know anything about history can clearly understand.
I was wrong then, I know now. There lwrry no reviews yet. Aug 14, Devakinandan rated it it was amazing. Collins and Lapierre make it clear that the British did a great deal of damage, both before and during minight final year click through to the full review to read quotes. Houses were abandoned on both sides and empty homes were claimed quickly by anyone opportunistic enough. Someone failed on the quality control of the Kindle edition.
It’s a well written, easy reading book so I can see why it’s so popular, and if it was labelled fictional, I’d give eominique four stars, for fictional it is, speaking of a world where the British Raj and it’s leaders brought civilization to the masses, but the masses turned the wise Brits away even though they were led by that holiest of holy cows, Lord Mountbatten – and this turning away caused mass bloodshed in the process.
All of the main players were dead with the exception of Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy. Oct 04, Addy rated it it was amazing Shelves: He gets an outside perspective of India, allowing him to criticise without having to feel midnght to justify any act or man.
Freedom at Midnight
Inwhile working from his home in the south of France on a book on the Middle East, Collins died of a sudden cerebral haemorrhage. Views Read Edit View history. When it comes 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.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Surely it is 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.
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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. This device frees Mountbatten and the British from the charge of poorly handling or rushing independence.
The villain is Mohammed Jinnah, the father of Pakistan. And the savagery that accompanied the deaths was horrifying — Moslems at the hands of Hindus and Sikhs; Hindus and Sikhs at the hands of Moslems.
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If you like history but not the druggery of reading blah blah boring writers, THESE are the historians for you.