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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German-Jewish bodybuilder named Kallenbach, who at least seems like an old friend more than anything — and male friendships were closer and more jsoeph in the 19th century until just recently. The theme was “biographies” and this is the one that most interested me. I was looking to read about ghandi’s last 20 or so years after reading his autobiography. More things to learn!

He said Gandhi often filled his letters, including those to female associates, with strong love language, but that did not lead to physical intimacy.

There’s something not humane and unnatural to this absolute freedom that can put off the admirers of Gandhi the saint. What Lelyveld seems to be doing is examining the relationship between Gandhi’s approach to South Africa and India, working to define how this great thinker arrived at his concept of satyagraha.

Everyone knows who Mahatma Ghandi is The compact milieu of Indians of different religions and castes in SA probably showed to Gandhi how divided Indians are.

The book has not yet been released in India. For me, this was a terribly unsatisfying book. His tragic but seemingly inevitable assassination in may have for a time at least brought all Indians together in the realization they had to rise above sectarian conflict–and for decades they did, until more recent flare-ups of Hindu-Muslim violence. This biography chronicles not only the political achievements, but Ghandi’s personal struggles, which turn out to have been perverse.


Great Soul Quotes by Joseph Lelyveld

The dietary and sexual restrictions are part of a larger goal — improved discipline and sanitation. There is no scandal,” he said. Lelvyeld she thought the author set out to discredit Gandhi. This is a very good read. The author wasted all that effort pointing out how HUMAN Gandhi was, and how he wasn’t born “a saint”, then didn’t tie lelyvelf humanity into a relevant summary or lesson.

Why in spite of his failures he is in essence conscious keeper of Indians in particular and Humanity in general.

He was a role model for other world leaders; Martin Luther King, Jr.

An earlier… More about Joseph Lelyveld. Quotes from Great Soul: In South Africa Gandhi defended wealthy Indians and till much later he hardly supported the working Indian labourers but never supported the local African natives and thus portrays Gandhi as racially prejudiced.

That said, one place where Lelyveld, to my eyes, suffers most seriously by comparison to Marable is in his undertheorized handling of the relation between politics and religion.

My summary of these issues and full review of the book is at greatnonfictionbooks. Sundaram Abbas Tyabji Ravishankar Vyas. Gandhi was a mixture of a saint and politician, and as this book points out he was probably a better saint than politician. A very interesting read.

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It turns out that Ghandi started not in India struggling against British domination and the Hindu caste system, but in South Africa fighting on behalf of indigenous South African miners. Unfortunately, we see the limits of satyagraha, with the composition of his letter to Hitler, simply asking him politely to let the Jews go.

I learned a tremendous amount; I found the 20 years Ghandi spent in South Africa to be the most interesting. The most effective Gandhi biography thus far.

Return to Book Page. He was never arrogant or prideful, but humble, always mindful of how much work was yet to be done. It does not provide a grand reconstruction of the historical backdrop – and for this reason it can prove a hard read from time to time.


Jooseph he include eggs or milk in his vegetarian diet? Lelyveld has been criticized for his “all too human” portrait of Gandhi but I find it refreshing. The author gets 2 stars for bringing greeat to that conclusion on my own. Dec 11, Nick Mariner rated it it was ok Shelves: See all books by Joseph Lelyveld. Martin Luther King citing Ghandi as the basis for his leadership in non-violent struggle for human rights in America. That’s the part that’s missing in this book, and that’s what makes it one sided despite the generous concessions by the author to Gandhi’s greatness at the end of each chapter.

What I value about the author’s comprehensive treatment of his subject is that he is willing to share the ‘real’ Gandhi in all of his complexity and contradications. Ambedkar, who insists upon his action for Caste Reform. But his fights against the caste system and against Hindu-Muslim violence as well as for Indian independence make for an inspiring life, no less so because Lelyveld includes the man’s inconsistencies and peculiarities.

What I completely failed to understand here is how with all his failings, his open hypocrisy, his obnoxious personal habits, his religious superstitions, his political wilyness, his constant changes zoul stance, his insensitivity to the needs of those close to him and his massive ego he still came to be I found the book to be boring at times and insightful at others.

Perhaps there are a few diehard colonialists and preservers of Empire who still despise him, and aside from them, those few fervent religious devotees.

It was only after I exposed this passage that Roberts finally said: It was interesting to learn that Gandhi is as revered in South Africa for his work there as is Nelson Mandela.