This was the native land of the parents of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who fought for, and created, the Muslim state of Pakistan. Long before Jinnah was born, his parents migrated to the fishing port of Karachi, on the edge of the Sind desert. It was then a small town of some 50, people. The dust from the desert came down on them in hot clouds: it invaded their food, their clothes and their lungs.
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Jinnah: Creator of Pakistan by Hector Bolitho. It has fallen to Mr Bolitho to write the first full-scale biography of this remarkable man, and he has done it very successfully. The result is a fascinating biography packed with incident and anecdote, which does not forget the magnitude and the growth of Jinnah—a biography that is eminently readable.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Jinnah: Creator of Pakistan. Sep 16, W rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , pakistan , politics. In Pakistan,Muhammad Ali Jinnah always has,and always will remain a revered figure. Had there been no Jinnah,there probably would have been no Pakistan. The Second World War helped too,hastening the departure of the British.
In Pakistan,he is remembered,and referred to as the Quaid-e-Azam great leader. Not that he wanted any titles,he was happy to be referred to as plain Mr. But I have generally found that he has been portrayed negatively in history by writers from other countries,particul In Pakistan,Muhammad Ali Jinnah always has,and always will remain a revered figure.
But I have generally found that he has been portrayed negatively in history by writers from other countries,particularly compared to how flatteringly Gandhi has often been portrayed. This biography of Mr. Jinnah was first published a few years after his death.
It was the best book on him at the time,and remained so for many years. The author was able to interview many people who knew Pakistan's founder. He was thus able to collect a number of anecdotes and personal impressions,which liven up the narrative.
It is not as dry a book as the subsequent biography by Stanley Wolpert,who had to rely mainly on secondary sources. His political journey and the evolution of his political thought is discussed in detail,all the way to the attainment of Pakistan,which seemed an impossible dream for a long time.
Also included are his unhappy marriage,the assassination attempt,the challenges after Pakistan's creation and his final illness. It is a fine effort by Hector Bolitho,which helps towards a better understanding of the enigmatic figure of Pakistan's Quaid-e-Azam. View all 4 comments. Oct 06, Tariq Mahmood rated it really liked it. Jinnah came from a lower-middle-class family, he studied hard and worked with passion to make his fame and fortune, a reputation based on integrity.
Integrity which came for his high regard for the law, his honesty, his professionalism which enamored him with all the religious communities equally. He was a Muslim lawyer, one of the very few in the community of Parsis and Hindus who labored at his briefs, day night. Slim as a reed, always frowning, always in a hurry. There was never a whisper of Jinnah came from a lower-middle-class family, he studied hard and worked with passion to make his fame and fortune, a reputation based on integrity.
There was never a whisper of gossip about his private habits. He was a hard-working, celibate, and not very gracious young man. Much too serious to attract friends. A figure like that invites criticism, especially in the lazy East, where we find it easier to forgive a man for his faults than for his virtues. The book should have focussed on Jinnah's personality only, but the author digresses into a longish explanation of history which was unnecessary to the main theme of the book. The book never the less does give some unique insights into Jinnah's personality which makes this book unique.
Jan 18, Omama. Hector Bolitho has done a tremendous job telling the story of great commanding Muslim Leader who was largely responsible for the creation of Pakistan. He has comprehended all the aspects of Jinnah's life, mostly professional and political, with anecdotes from his personal life here and there. Noteworthy is the detailing the author had undertaken; by interviewing the people who have seen Jinnah very closely, and worked with him.
Written in a lucid and entertaining way, this biography is definitel Hector Bolitho has done a tremendous job telling the story of great commanding Muslim Leader who was largely responsible for the creation of Pakistan. Written in a lucid and entertaining way, this biography is definitely worth reading.
View all 3 comments. Dec 25, Mohammad Faisal rated it really liked it. This book contains a lot of information about what Jinnah thought, what he said, and what others said about him. He was a man of steel, a man who would bow to no one, and would never stoop below his standards and principles, if that made him cold and calculated, fine, at least he had fiber.
Jinnah was much deeper, i believe, a man who refused treatment for chronic tuberculosis, cause he believed that the Muslims would never get their homeland, if he was viewed as weak, therefore he kept on going This book contains a lot of information about what Jinnah thought, what he said, and what others said about him. Jinnah was much deeper, i believe, a man who refused treatment for chronic tuberculosis, cause he believed that the Muslims would never get their homeland, if he was viewed as weak, therefore he kept on going, steadfast, strong, like a locomotive, and in the end he died for it.
No one knows the real Jinnah, but many have formed opinions based on 'stories' with no real truth behind them. A fascinating book that elucidates the life of Jinnah without any prejudices and preconceived notions. Bolitho has enlightened his leadership caliber and strength of his character, will power and vision. Great book to know more about Jinnah. Feb 01, Muhammad Azwar rated it it was amazing. Exceptional book about an exceptional personality who changed the course of history of subcontinent.
Aug 23, Mehreen rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , favorites. Fantastic read. Bolitho's narrative was informative and precise. I was able to know about the great man, Jinnah, as he was. The ending moved me. View 1 comment. Feb 22, Muhammad Jahangeer Thaheem rated it really liked it.
Apr 25, Ali is currently reading it. It's a brief history of Jinnah's struggle for muslim's rights in India and struggle for Pakistan. Apr 25, Mubashir rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Yes.
It's a brief history of Jinnah's struggle for muslim's rights in India and for Pakistan. Mar 06, Shoaib Ahmed rated it it was amazing Shelves: autobiography. A great leader, a great human. Dec 31, Muhammad Yousuf rated it it was amazing Shelves: south-east-asia. Excellent book worth reading Sep 13, Tahir Khattak rated it it was amazing. I wonder what Pakistan would have been like, had this man lived for 10more years..
All we need now is someone as sincere and honest as he was.. Oct 25, Javed Arshad rated it really liked it.
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