• Midnight's Furies

  • The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition
  • By: Nisid Hajari
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 25-08-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (17 ratings)


Nobody expected the liberation of India and birth of Pakistan to be so bloody - it was supposed to be an answer to the dreams of Muslims and Hindus who had been ruled by the British for centuries. Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhi's protégé and the political leader of India, believed that Indians were an inherently nonviolent, peaceful people. Pakistan's founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was a secular lawyer, not a firebrand. But in August 1946, exactly a year before Independence, Calcutta erupted in street-gang fighting. A cycle of riots - targeting Hindus, then Muslims, then Sikhs - spiraled out of control. As the summer of 1947 approached, all three groups were heavily armed and on edge, and the British rushed to leave. Hell let loose. Trains carried Muslims west and Hindus east to their slaughter. Some of the most brutal and widespread ethnic cleansing in modern history erupted on both sides of the new border, searing a divide between India and Pakistan that remains a root cause of many evils. From jihadi terrorism to nuclear proliferation, the searing tale told in Midnight's Furies explains all too many of the headlines we read today.
©2015 Nisid Hajari (P)2015 Tantor
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"A carefully restrained and delineated account makes for chilling reading." ( Kirkus)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-11-15

As unbiased as it gets

Would you listen to Midnight's Furies again? Why?

Yes, I would. It serves as a well documented reference; rather a timeline.

What other book might you compare Midnight's Furies to, and why?

A novel- Midnight's children. Also about the birth of twin nations.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Although the spiral of events was known, I did enjoy the moment of freedom.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. I kept grasping for even more insight than it offers- which is quite a bit- for personal reasons, I wanted the book to never end. It served as a window to what became of my people.

Any additional comments?

Don't miss the most unbiased view I've heard so far. And change from the lessons you learn.

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5 out of 5 stars
By BG on 09-10-15

Amazingly detailed account of this tragedy i gigan

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is badly needed successor to Freedom at Midnight. Very well researched and detailed account of the atrocities committed by both sides: Sikhs and Hindus on one side and the Moslems on the other side. The detailed account of the most tragic figure in this Drama: Mohammed Ali Zinnah, and the ultimate irony. He wanted to build a secular Pakistan. The characters, personalities and the relationship between Pandit Nehru ad Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel is very revealing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight's Furies?

The tragedy that played out over the lives of literally 10s of millions of people, was crafted by a British bureaucrat only over a month's time, with practical no knowledge of India. The calousness of the British government how they left India is beyond imagination.

Which character – as performed by Sunil Malhotra – was your favorite?

Nehru & Patel

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I practically did.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Nisid

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By michael wakeman on 10-04-17

very informative. I learned a lot

great book, well read. I learned a lot more than I anticipated. got me interested to know more

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