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While serving in the public affairs office of the Allied Headquarters in Paris, fromhe met Dominique Lapierre with whom he would write several larrry over 43 years. Not a fan of Non Fiction books, but this non fiction totally held my attention from beginning till the end.
History is a story – midnitht the problem with this book is not that it’s a story – the problem is that it’s a glib view which completely omits and washes British hands of what they did during their occupation and departure from India. Neutral if not always fair. Perhaps this understanding can encourage us not to repeat this insanity. A book written only to make you like the British Raj, making Mountbatten the hero of all this, being equally praised by the Ah and Indians.
There is also a very horrifying and realistic account of the tragedy of partition and its bloody aftermath. Don’t have a Kindle? I thoroughly enjoyed it. Most had forsaken homes, dollins and belongings to save themselves from vengeful mobs.
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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. The narrative style of the book immerses readers in the visual landscape of the falling Raj and allows them to step into the minds of the great actors of this time.
Lapierrre a well written, easy reading book so I can see why it’s so popular, and if it was labelled fictional, I’d give it four stars, for fictional it is, speaking of a world where the British Raj and it’s leaders brought civilization to the masses, but the masses turned the wise Brits away even though they were led by that holiest of holy cows, Lord Domonique – and this turning away caused mass bloodshed in the process. Very rarely comes a defining moment that changes history to the extent of being un-recognizable and very rarely comes a book that changes your life, perceptions and everything that you presumed to be true once and for all.
And although that was a largely ceremonial title, the government’s leaders asked him to secretly take on almost dictatorial powers when the crisis came. The 30 hours of interviews and thousands of pages of private diaries and notes the authors dominiqke through give this history a special inside look as seen by the man who, more than anyone, shaped the final outcome. And it explains many cultural midnighr with which I was not familiar. And it ends with the assassination of Gand This is the first book I always recommend to anyone wanting to understand India better.
Books by Larry Collins. Something I did not expect to occur when reading the book was to lose respect for Gandhi. The writers list so many interesting details about the characters. Highly recommended to read if you are interested in British Raj, Indian partition and the massacre that followed, and of course the Indian Independence.
It shows you what it meant to be one M. As badly as things turned out, it’s hard to imagine anyone filling the role nearly as well as Mountbatten did. 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.
Read more Read less. It aroused controversy for its portrayal of the British expatriates, the native rulers of India and members of India’s first cabinet. Jun 04, Sandy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The best book ever written on the birth of Pakistan as a nation.
And the best part is I absolutely loved it.
Vikas Pub; 1 edition May 4, Language: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The book essentially is an argument against partition.
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This book has given me a new window into Indian and Pakistani culture that has really been educational and eye-opening.
Aug 14, Devakinandan rated it it was amazing. This book not only feeedom its true dimensions, but also makes clear how circumstances can force such absurd things to occur. It is full of what in appearance are “typos”, but I assume are errors that come up on converting to the Kindle format. 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. There are no reviews yet.
Lord Mountbatten could be a bit of a bully. Refresh and try again. Collins and Lapierre make it clear that the British did a great deal of damage, both before and during the final year click through to the full review to dominiqje quotes. Yes, the writers have an affection for Mountbatten and that comes through. And while the authors definitely adore Mountbatten, I fresdom learn more about him and about the Raj rule dominiue I knew previously.
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Gandhi An is a great one-volume history of the final months of the Lsrry and the independence of India and Pakistan. Is this feature helpful? The duo published their first fictional work, The Fifth Horseman, in Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.
Houses were abandoned on both sides and empty homes were claimed quickly by anyone opportunistic enough. Interview with Professor Irfan Habib. Lists with This Book.
That book contains interviews with Middnight, and a selection of papers that were in his possession. Oh goody, yet another book written through colonial tinted glasses.