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And while the authors definitely adore Mountbatten, I did learn more about him and about the Raj rule than I knew previously.
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. 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.
dlminique Jan 19, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: And The cost of our freedom which is very often forgotten. This portion is the most gut-wrenching one and you are left to wonder in amazement at the sheer magnitude of craziness and horror of the whole episode. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
I was wrong then, I know now. Midnivht The perspective of this book is both fascinating and appalling. It shows you what it meant to be one M. Everywhere, squatting on their haunches, faded lagry 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.
The book compresses the story to a tight one-year time frame.
Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight
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 the Muslims fleeing West was beyond comprehension. 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.
The book ignores practically all Indian writings, and even famous British writers like Adam Smith or Florence Nightingale who were harping on about the British needlessly killing millions in famines every few years in British India.
Most had forsaken homes, businesses and belongings to save themselves from vengeful mobs. How incredibly he unites India at the brink of civil war and total collapse where no one else could achieve it. While serving in the public affairs office of the Allied Headquarters in Paris, fromhe met Dominique Lapierre with whom he would write several best-sellers over 43 years.
Written init does bemoan the end of the Empire and all of the benefits England bought to the sub-continent but does pay homage to Gandhi.
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. It describes events around Indian independence and partition inbeginning with the appointment of Lord Mountbatten of Burma as the last viceroy of British Indiaand ending with the death and funeral of Mahatma Gandhi. Retrieved from ” https: Preview — Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins.
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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. There are enough reviews about the content of this book. Mahatma Gandhi Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Recommended to people who love history. Jinnah is demonized for his insistence on a separate Pakistan for the Moslems. One possible reason for this lack of crucial details: Interview with Professor Irfan Habib. A worried Nehru is shown in a sympathetic manner.
Apr 18, Hana rated it really liked it Shelves: Freedom at Midnight is a non-fiction book told in a casual style, similar to the authors’ previous Is Paris Burning? Return to Book Page.
This book was one of the inspirations for the film Viceroy’s House film. Painstaking research usually results in unreadable material.