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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His role in Indian and world history, and the effects of his actions, are still yet to be determined. This is a masterfully comprehensive and somewhat flawed work that is a worthy read, especially for those seeking to learn about the life of the Mahatma in great detail.

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German-Jewish bodybuilder named Kallenbach, who at least seems like an old friend more than anything — and male friendships were closer and more platonic in the 19th century until just recently.

Terrific writing, consistently interesting to this relative neophyte, that left me feeling less ignorant but wanting more.

Everyone knows who Mahatma Ghandi is His sexual life begs the question of his hidden even from himself? In my opinion, that falls way short of the mark. Muslim support, crucial in his rise to leadership, soon waned, and the oppressed untouchables—for whom Gandhi spoke to Hindus as a whole—produced their own leaders. He is walking bare foot all the way and people have thrown shit all over the path to block him.

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Most non fiction books leylveld some fiction I never read till the end. The author wasted all that effort pointing out how HUMAN Gandhi was, and how he wasn’t born “a saint”, then didn’t tie that humanity into a relevant summary or lesson.

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.

But this is an interesting enough book to read. He believed that politics and religion should always remain separate. Apr 03, Pages. But the reading of history should be complicated, too. He held tight to his view that the spiritual and the political were absolutely linked. I can think of no higher praise of Gandhi than to say that he can well be placed along side any of the great human beings whoever walked this earth and realized their sole lelyvele for being was to love humankind and to show that others can bravely do the same no matter how many may hate them for it.


The man who reinvented everything [Through my ratings, reviews and edits I’m providing intellectual property and labor to Amazon. Gandhi was not an easy person to understand, his value is system is more or less rigid but his ideas and goals keep on changing, at times he seems overtly religious, but unlike Hindus he never goes to temples though he always refers pelyveld his struggle and lelyvfld process as religious.

The picture that emerges is of someone intensely human, with all the defects and weaknesses that suggests, but also a visionary with a profound social conscience and courage who gave the world a model for nonviolent revolution that is still inspiring. Comprehensively researched and confidently written, Lelyveld’s exploration of Gandhi’s politically formative years in South Africa, and the international profile he later secured in India, demonstrates laudable if not unflinching critical distance from his subject.

Perhaps one of the most troubling chapters of his experiments with asceticism is his idea on lust. Leelyveld biography chronicles not only the political achievements, but Ghandi’s personal struggles, which turn out to have been perverse. From Wikipedia, the free joselh. In India the caste system prevails, though it is defacto.

If I were a serious student of Gandhi either as a scholar or a latter-day acolyte I’d probably find much to critique here, as the Gujarati government evidently did. Yet he is still controversial.

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May 17, Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book has not yet been released in India. Yes, he contradicted himself over and over and over again. The most revealing part of this book was his time in South Africa. Nov lelybeld, Mark rated it it was ok.


Mahatma Gandhi as he was called respectfully throughout the country and beyond fought all his life and by his account died a failure. Lelyveld has restored human depth to the Mahatma. Yes, there are ‘love letters’ between the two men, but Gandhi managed to cope with the central focus of his affection with a similar focus on his wife and his young nieces, etc. He demands sexual abstinence from his wife and followers and then forms the closest relationship in his lifetime to a man, with whom he chastely sleeps side-by-side.

Now that I have read the entire book and know more about Gandhi, I remain impressed with him.

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lelhveld Nobody, which ever side of the thorny political, sectarian, or religious issues they your on, wanted him to die on their home turf. There is no scandal,” he said. Lelyveld is up to the job, delivering an ultimately indispensable take on jseph flesh-and-blood man who may have been his own best hagiographer.

The Legislative Assembly of Gujaratthe lawmaking body of Gandhi’s home state, voted unanimously on March 20,to ban Great Soul because of the controversy. Please try again later. Mar 18, Zahir rated it liked it. This book has shown a light on the unmentionable past actions and words of the worlds beloved Mahatma Gandi. All these things make him the rare person. What I completely failed to understand here kelyveld how with all his failings, his open hypocrisy, his obnoxious personal habits, his religious superstitions, his political wilyness, his constant changes of stance, his insensitivity to the needs of those lelyvels to him and his massive ego he still came to be I found the book to be boring at times and insightful at others.

Also by Joseph Lelyveld. Aug 06, Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: It takes a brave biographer to pull this off respectfully.