Freedom at Midnight () is a book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. It describes events around Indian independence and partition in 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. Jul 19, by Ellen Mcamis. Freedom at Midnight paints a sweeping picture of the tumultuous year of India’s independence from Great Britain in
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Dominique Lapierre was for many years senior reporter and editor for Paris Match. He is the author of several earlier books published in France, some of them based on his knowledge of the United States, where he attended Lafayette College and where his father served with the French diplomatic service.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The fabled India of the maharajas, with their palaces and harems, their gold-caparisoned elephants and their glittering private armies — the India of Kipling’s legendary army, with its young British officers commanding troops of a dozen races, religions, and castes — the India of tiger hunts and pigsticking, of sadhus and holy men — the India that was the heart and soul of an empire — underwent a violent transformation into the new India of Gandhi and Nehru, precursor of the Third World.
At the center of this drama are Nehru, Jinnah, Mountbatten and, of course, Gandhi, the gentle prophet of revolution, who stirred the masses of the most populous area on earth without raising his voice. Read more Read less. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition. The History of the World’s Largest Democracy.
The Years That Changed the World, What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? The Shadow of the Great Game: Review ”Magnificently enlightening and exciting. Product details Audio CD Publisher: Start reading Freedom at Midnight on your Kindle in under a minute. Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Is this feature helpful?
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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book is a fascinating and deeply moving account of one of the seminal events in world history, the emergence of India and Pakistan as sovereign nations. Collins and LaPierre, in their infinitely researched, nuanced account of the independence of the Indian subcontinent, relate their story in prose that approaches the lyrical rhythm of poetry.
Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins (1975)
Some may take issue with the point of view of the account, insisting that it is written primarily from the British line of sight, but regardless of any bias, it so beautifully and successfully relates the stories of those in the highest seats of power and the impact of their often wrenching decisions on the common person. I have always held that in order for history to teach us, it must be delivered in a form that seduces us into understanding it. By developing the characters whom most of us already know – Gandhi, Nehru, Mountbatten, Jinnah, Churchill – we find ourselves in the venues of the account as quiet observers as the die is cast to deliver India to its destiny.
The book underscores the power of language, with excerpts from the inimitable speeches delivered extemporaneously by Nehru, in quick succession, upon the birth of the nation, and ultimately the death of its father. It is also a cautionary tale for the present, by showing so clearly how false distinctions between people, riven by such things as religion, wealth, and power, can so readily cause diverse communities living in harmony for centuries to shatter the peacefulness of their coexistence and turn on each other in abhorrent communal violence at a moment’s notice, leaving us stunned and questioning our humanity.
Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins
Perhaps this understanding can encourage us not to repeat this insanity. A marvelous book – highly recommended. How to review this book? I’m only a quarter of the way through and I love the engaging prose and the pacing of the story that Collins and LaPierre tell, but the Kindle version purchased as of June is literally the worst I have ever purchased on Amazon and that is what brings me to this review.
Nearly every single paragraph has a misspelling or punctuation error.
If it were only one mistake per page I might be able to keep reading, but when it is almost every single paragraph it becomes so distracting as to become an actual hindrance to the book itself. You’ll frequently come across a strange word and wonder if you’re looking at some archaic English term, a transliteration from Hindi or Tamil, or yet another sloppy misspelling. I’m going to request a refund on the Kindle edition and will update this review once I receive a hard copy. This is a wonderfully researched and written work.
However the appalling number or wrong words generated in the digitization process do great injustice to the authors’ hard work. I read many ebooks but have never come across so many “typos”. Neutral if not always fair.
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.
Luckily ‘Freedom at Midnight’ is one such source. Unfortunately, with neutrality comes the perspective of someone outside looking in, which is also what happens in this book.
That being said, this book is a MUST read for all fans of history and people interested in understanding Pakistan-India dynamics and the culture of the sub-continent. The one issue I have with the book is the glorification of the role that Mountbatten and Gandhi played in the aforementioned events. There is in some sense, a simplification of their actions and intent. The reality at least as perceived by citizens of the two countries is much more complicated.
Gandhi’s own auto-biography is more revealing, nuanced and provides a better insight into the thoughts many naive or unsavory of India’s great leader. Laiperre final aspect, which should make this a fun read for everyone including people who are not fans of history is the colorful and detailed description of the often futile and vain life of Indian nobility. If you ever wondered what unimaginably crazy life the Indian princes enjoyed, make sure you read the book.
I read this book a decade or so ago, but it has been coming back to my mind recently — apparently simply because it made such an impact and I now have a medium Amazon in which to express mldnight appreciation of it.
It is an impressive book in every way: I had had no conception of the monstrous tragedy of the partition of India from Pakistan. This book not only describes its true dimensions, but also makes clear how circumstances lapirre force such absurd things to occur.
Much of the book is a biography of Gandhi, and here I could only marvel at the power and authority of this man, and — on top of everything else — be riveted by the assassination story in all its detail that I had not known about. Whether midnigbt are more accurate accounts of these matters, I am not in a position to say. I can only report that I found this book completely satisfying in multiple respects: At least for a non-expert I can’t imagine how it could disappoint as a book, however distressing and, alas also, timely its subject matter may be.
This is an excellent book. However, the Kindle e-book has many typo errors. Please will Amazon edit the book for future downloads.
Also, what e-mail address do I use to communicate with Amazon? I can’t phone as I live in South Africa. My comment is not regarding the book itself, which is magnificent as are all books that were written by that marveluos pair of journalists.
Domiinque is full of what in appearance are “typos”, but I assume are errors that come up on converting to the Kindle format. Someone failed on the quality control of the Kindle edition. One person found this helpful. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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