Freedom at Midnight has ratings and reviews. failed to note that this book was written by a team of authors: Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. 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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Equal atrocities were experienced by the Muslims. The book tells the tales of lavish lives of Maharajas, the behind the scene stories of Kashmir, the gory details of the Partition and its aftermath, the stance freedm our leaders at different stages, all the conspiracies till the death of the Mahatma. The ensuing riots are given a lot of space.

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Kash Gajjar Very much so. The detail of the reporting in “Freedom at Midnight” is astonishing. Luckily ‘Freedom at Midnight’ is one such source.

The authors interviewed many who were there, including a focus on Lord Mountbatten of Burma.

He felt any India in which Muslims were a minority would lead to oppression of Muslims, despite the good will of Gandhi and Nehru. The book is just a manuscript to put forth Britain as the wise and better, quoting Rudyard Kipling, who says that Indians better be ruled by Britishers, and heavily quoting Churchill, who has been depicted as a “guy too important to be in a book on India”.

Sep 19, Venkateswaran rated it it was amazing. Share your thoughts with other customers. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Millions of people died when Hindus marched from the north and Muslims marched to the north.

I learnt a lot about the independence struggle that I didn’t know earlier. This book was one of the inspirations for the film Viceroy’s House film.


While numerous tomes have been written on the Indian freedom struggle, the 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 covers all of and about a month ofending with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Not having ever seen the movie and not having ever read a book about Gandhi, I learned a lot about him. Scores of anecdotes, hundreds of facts, a thousand pages, all woven into one fantastic tale.

He gets an outside perspective of India, allowing him to criticise without having to feel obligated to justify any act or man. Jinnah,the founder of Pakistan. Mahatma Gandhi gets good coverage as he deserves. Loving citizens who were once neighbours, turned on each other instantly. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Jun 04, Sandy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The book boasts of an exhaustive research done in the library of Mountbatten, over dinners and back in India, which gives an impression that the book is true to the events and emotions of the era.

Be it Clement Attlee’s persistence in persuading Mountbatten to take up the most difficult job of becoming The Raj’s last Viceroy; Mountbatten’s own apprehensions, his numerous tete-a-tetes with Jinnah, Gandhi, Nehru, Patel; the division of Punjab by Radcliffe’s pencil on a map, the inevitable horrors on both sides of the new border; the planning and execution of Gandhi’s execution – everything was described in so much detail backed by impeccable research and most importantly, the story telling was top notch.

Paramount Pictures, which was planning a film based on the book, dropped the idea in fear that fanatics would emulate the scenario in real life. However he also often paints Mountbattion in a favourable light.

I highly recommend it! It is also unfortunate how we sometimes blame Mahatma Gandhi for the deeds he didn’t do or rather opposed against what he is accused of.


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Be the first one to write a review. One the one hand, it will give the reader a profound sense of the tragedy of Indian partition upon independence in This makes it an accessible book for new readers. Here’s an especially evocative excerpt, from Pagewith Jawarharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi traveling together as independence neared and they felt the weight of all India on their shoulders: This is a terribly difficult book to rate.

Although most may know that the partition caused obscene and bloody massacres between Hindus, Moslems and Sikhs, the ferocity is beyond imagination. Yes, the writers have an affection for Mountbatten and that comes through.

Told in a way that even those who do not not know anything about history can clearly understand. I see that the header here has failed to note that this book was written by a team of authors: Time Magazine raised a poetic salutation to this brilliantly written book, hailing it as the Song of India.

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. Then, slowly, tenderly, as though to expiate with his gentle touch the pain he had caused him, he began to massage the callused feet of the sleeping man to whom he had devoted so much of his life.

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

Sep 18, Robert W rated it really liked it. View all 5 comments. When it is not engaging however, it is not so because bad narration but because the subject becomes so brutal and horrifying.