Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India is a biography Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph Lelyveld and published by Alfred A Knopf. Great Soul has ratings and 85 reviews. Reading Joseph Lelyveld’s sensitive and informative biography of the life of Mahatma Gandhi is enriching in many. 1 quote from Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India: ‘I should like to slip out of the public gaze to bury myself in the farm and devot.
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I don’t recall ever learning about Ghandi in school; I do recall Dr.
Aug 06, Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: See all books by Joseph Lelyveld. It This is a masterfully comprehensive and somewhat flawed work that is a worthy read, especially for those seeking to learn about the soil of the Mahatma in great detail. The compact milieu of Indians of different religions and castes in SA probably showed to Gandhi how divided Indians are. The dietary and sexual restrictions are part of a larger goal — improved discipline and sanitation.
In popular views, he is a saint — a simple holy man, seen in his biopics and operas. In India the caste system prevails, though it is defacto.
It was this propensity to questioning everything in his personal life that allowed him to change also the way he looked at political action.
Lelyveld has restored human depth to the Mahatma. Nobody, which ever side of the thorny political, sectarian, or religious issues they your on, wanted him to die on their home turf.
Great Soul Quotes by Joseph Lelyveld
I just started reading this big volume, but even the first forty pages produced a fascinating view of the complicated man. The Mumbai Mirror on Tuesday ran a front-page story under the headline: For those who think Gandi is the only real hero of India will struggle with this book as will those who think that Gandi’s actions had little to do with India’s independence.
Lelyveld presents his material in a sensitive, accurate manner, without the extremes sensationalism or worship. It is difficult to follow Lelyveld’s discussions of India’s vastly complicated Hindu caste system, but this subject seems to be a challenge for any writer.
A must read to know Gandhi – the man! Front cover of the first American edition.
Should he include eggs or milk in his vegetarian diet? And he remains unduly jiseph about India. In South Africa is where Gandhi developed and implemented his practice of non-cooperation, civil disobedience and non-violence, practices that he would transplant in India and that subsequent reformers would copy in other areas of the world years later Nelson Mandela,Martin Luther Kind, Jr.
A fascinating, insightful biography. He held tight to his view that the spiritual and the political were absolutely linked. That Gandhi’s whole mission was to inspire everyone to live in a way koseph lifts others up, as opposed to beating them down. This is a masterfully comprehensive lelyvels somewhat flawed work that is a worthy read, especially for those seeking to learn about the life of the Mahatma in great detail.
But the reading of history should be complicated, too.
Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India
Gandhi worked hard for religious peace, equality and basic necessities of life for every individual in India. Gandhi always put his beliefs into action, especially near the end of his life.
The primary reason for the censorship and reader condemnation of this book seems to center on the discussion of Gandhi’s long-term intimate relationship with the German Jewish bodybuilder Hermann Kallenbach. Self-described as “extremely right-wing,  Roberts’ invective against Mahatma Gandhi must be framed in an appropriate context.
The audiobook was read by such a cynical voice a Vincent Price sound-alike that it was almost unbearable. The author is no skeptic or amateur – or rabblerouser saying Gandhi is a racist bisexual pervert who did no good. The most revealing part of this book was his time in South Africa.
An interesting biography of Gandhi and his thought over his long life.
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The man was a lawyer long before he was a saint. How a man who gave so much of himself to the welfare of society could be condemned for an intimate relationship with another man is a conundrum. Perhaps she thought the author set out to discredit Gandhi.
Lala Lajpat Rai would say – “Our defeat is in proportion to the greatness of our leader” One can go on and on about Gandhi, but this is not a review of his life, it is a review of the book. More things to learn!
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Lists with This Book. Its greatest merit is to compare what Gandhi wanted to achieve to what was actually achieved, and to do so mercilessly.
Return to Book Page. Gandhi experimented with his personal choices way before experimenting with South Africa and then with India. But Ghandi’s personal ethos required both and used fasting as a political tool to coerce.
For me, this was a terribly unsatisfying book. It was interesting to learn that Gandhi is as revered in South Africa for his work there as is Nelson Mandela. He grew over time. Overall, Lelyveld does a fine job and presents a fresh historical view, not shying away from Gandhi’s own admitted short comings and periods of self doubt. The Hilo Public Library has a bin up front with a monthly feature, and I always check it out for unexpected treasures.