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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Lists with This Book. If you like history but not the druggery of reading blah blah boring writers, THESE are the historians for you. Sep 19, Venkateswaran rated it it was amazing. The book compresses the story to a tight one-year time frame. The book gives a detailed account of the last year of the British Rajthe princely states’ reactions to independence including descriptions of the Indian princes’ colourful and extravagant lifestylesthe partition of British India into India and Pakistan on religious grounds, and the bloodshed that followed.
One person found this helpful. One, her independence, one of the best moments in her history. Told in a way that even those who do not not know anything about history can clearly understand. I loved this book!
And he’s the grandson of some queen or the other! This book not only describes its true dimensions, but also makes clear how circumstances can force such absurd things to occur.
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Disillusioned with commerce, he took to journalism and joined the Paris bureau of Lapierrd Press International inand became the news editor in Rome in the following year, and later the MidEast bureau chief in Beirut. He gets an outside perspective of India, allowing him to criticise without having to feel obligated to justify any act or man.
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First published inthis edition is a new edition of the best-selling book described as irreplaceable by Le Monde, Paris. This book has given lapisrre a new window into Indian and Pakistani culture that has really been educational and eye-opening. Anyone interested in History, Indiaphiles. That said, do people recommend moving on past the slightly uncomfortable first chapter?
Trains arrived in Indian stations with compartments full of dead and maimed passengers, blood flowing from compartments. Reason – they felt incapable of handling the horrendous situation partition had presented before them.
Among the other central characters are Lord Louis and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, the reluctant last viceroy and last vicereine of India.
Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. I have not read many books on Indian independence if you count the boring text books of school to judge whether this is the best book ever written on the subject. Mountbatten obliged and, sort-of staying in background, administered in military precision the smooth exodus of Indian Muslims and newly formed Pakistan’s non-Muslims.
Gandhi is, of course, a central character.
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What were those uncomfortable freedim 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.
I usually do not buy books, preferring to borrow from a library. Whether there are more accurate accounts of these matters, I am not in a position to say.
But, undoubtedly, this one is the best history book I have ever read.
It aroused controversy kapierre its portrayal mienight the British expatriates, the native rulers of India and members of India’s first cabinet. From each side of their speeding car, the broad fields of sugar cane, wheat, paddy, flat as a man’s hand, ran down to a horizon so distant that it might seem the edge of the world. If you ever wondered what unimaginably crazy life the Indian princes enjoyed, make sure you read the book.
If one is looking for a gripping narrative, however, this book is certainly it. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.
As badly as things turned out, it’s hard to imagine anyone filling the role nearly as well as Mountbatten did. The chapter that describes that period, “Our People Have Gone Mad,” is the most depressing chapter I can remember reading in any book.
Evidently, in his last days, he became more bitter and selfish. Despite this focus on the agency of the great men, the primary mechanism which forces history forward dlminique the book is destiny or fate. The Shadow of the Great Game: