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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I loved this book! Views Read Edit View history. May 28, KO rated it did not like 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.

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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. Return to Book Page.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. And he may have been right, But this meant a partition, and in Punjab, the violence visited on the Sihks and Hindus of Pakistan fleeing East and collinx Muslims fleeing West was beyond comprehension.

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

From a thousand, tens of thousands of mud-brick huts speckling the great Punjab plain it came, the smoke of India’s mealtime fires. Must read for every Indian. The book is just a manuscript to put forth Britain as the dreedom and better, quoting Rudyard Kipling, who says that Indians better be ruled by Britishers, and heavily quoting Churchill, who has been depicted freedom a “guy too important to be in a book on India”. History is a story – and the problem with this book is not that it’s a story – the problem is that it’s a glib view which completely omits and washes British hands of what they did during their occupation and departure from India.


Millions of people died when Hindus marched from the north and Muslims marched to the north. The duo published their first fictional work, The Fifth Horseman, in And it ends with the assassination of Gandhi. Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan.

Little things like Doinique having to bear the staggering high military cost of Empire don’t exist in the authors fictionalized world. 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.

Thus, the book has brought forward the stark reality behind India’s Freedom from the colonial rule.

View all 6 comments. The 30 hours of interviews and thousands of pages of private diaries and notes the authors sifted through give this history a special inside lapierre as seen by the man who, more than anyone, shaped the final outcome. The pages long book covers one of the defining years in Indian History that starts from Lord Mountbatten being appointed as the Last Viceroy of India to carry out the difficult task of granting independence to India and ends with mjdnight funeral of Mahatma Gandhi.

As an introduction to the topic dominiqque is hard to beat, but readers need to be aware of several limitations: It is a poignant reminder of the defining moments of the end of the British Raj, the independence of million people, their division into India and the newly created Pakistan. Everywhere, squatting on their haunches, faded saris clutched to their shoulders, bangles clanking on their bare arms, the women tended those fires, fussing over the chapaties and channa they were cooking, stoking them with the found flat patties of dried dung that fueled them, the last of the many gifts of India’s sacred cows.

If one is looking for a gripping narrative, however, this book is certainly it. Beautifully written to make stories ane around the period of independence sound like a collection of creative short stories. Recommended to people who love history. The authors delve deeply into orientalist lore to depict the exploits of the maharajas princely rulers of various territories who had their sovereignty revoked upon independence in and their titles and privileges rescinded 25 years laterand are not shy about including salacious – often stomach-churning and horrifying – stories.

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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.

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While numerous tomes have been written on the Indian freedom struggle, frewdom popularity of Freedom at Midnight lies in its easy narrative flow which veers from the thrilling to the enlightening, sometimes poignant and ever-compelling style. It opens with 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.

A superb introduction to events which lead to the modern nation of India, but one should read other histories for some contradictory accounts. Time Magazine raised a poetic salutation to this brilliantly written book, hailing it as the Song of India.

The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean bec A fascinating book. That book contains interviews with Mountbatten, and a selection of papers that were in his possession. The book is over pages long and covers only one year – there is no mistaking how high and how vast the stakes are as one works through it. The lapietre and stubbornness of political leaders to get their objectives would make you wonder, “Was the freedom really worth it?

Trains arrived in Indian stations with compartments full of dead and maimed passengers, blood flowing from compartments.