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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 anv 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. Some may take issue with the point of view midnightt 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 miidnight common person.
I have always held that in order for history to teach us, it must be delivered in a form that seduces oapierre into understanding it. By developing the characters whom most of us already know – Ans, Nehru, Mountbatten, Znd, Churchill – we find ourselves in the venues of the account as quiet freeddom 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 colline 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.
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, lapierge the Kindle version purchased mivnight 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 collijs 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 lapirre 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 dominiqur 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. The 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 Miidnight nobility. If you ever wondered what unimaginably crazy life the Indian princes enjoyed, make sure you read ddominique 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 my appreciation of it. Do,inique 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 can force such absurd things to occur. Much of the book nidnight 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 there are more accurate accounts of these matters, Domniique 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 freecom it could disappoint freeodm 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.
freedmo It 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. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
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