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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Politicians in the state of Maharashtra, home to India’s financial capital, Mumbai, have also called for a ban on the book and, along with Gujarat’s chief minister, Narendra Modi, have asked the central government jodeph ban publication nationwide.

This was an interesting read. It is a story of Great Britain, South Africa, Pakistan,Turkey, religion including Christianity, Hinduism, and Islamracism, prejudice, bigotry, fanaticism, Nelson Mandela, social inequality and probably sou, much more. That striving to always be lifting others up, we can make lasting change in the world. Jan 13, Viswanathan Venkataraman rated it liked it. He writes well and thickly about political alliances and confluences of interest, but tends to treat religious scenes as local color.

He believed that politics and religion should always remain separate. That’s most of what I ask from a book of popular nonfiction.

It was this propensity to questioning everything in his personal life that allowed him to change also the way he looked at political action. The book is split between the time Gandhi spent in South Africa and his return to India as the Mahatma. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. More things to learn!

As it stands, one of my major takeaways from this book is how little I truly know about either Gandhi or India in general. At the very end of the last chapter, the author finally admits that although Gandhi wasn’t successful at changing the masses of India during his lifetime, that his ideas still remain as inspiration. Comprehensively researched lelyfeld confidently written, Lelyveld’s explorat Amazon.

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Most non fiction books and some fiction I never read till the end. Mar 29, Minutes. The private-public life continuum is the origin of Gandhi’s unimaginable impact on his time. It’s when he indulges in interpretation that he at times engages in speculation that is not supported by what he has written and thus is less convincing. Rather than telling the story of Gandhi’s entire life, Lelyveld focuses on pivotal episodes that shaped the great man’s philosophical, political, and spiritual views.


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Like anyone else though, he could not see ahead of time or into even the near future that monsters such as Hitler and the many dictators throughout history who lived by and only knew the use of violence and absolutely could not be reasoned with. This book has shown a light on the unmentionable past actions and words of the worlds beloved Mahatma Gandi. It was another way of insisting that their motives were pure and disinterested, that they rose up not for themselves but for a future in which they might or might not have a share.

It does not provide a grand reconstruction of ggreat historical backdrop – and jseph this reason it can prove a hard read from time to time.

My summary for ldlyveld book endlessly pointing out every mistake, inconsistency, and failure of a man whose positive message still lives on today, would be that if a man so joselh as Gandhi could bring so much inspiration to the world by example, then any one of us can do the same – you don’t have to be born a saint.

The general outline wasn’t new–his activism for Indians in South Africa, his return to India determined to develop his iodeas of simple ascetic living and achieving the end of untouchability.

His approach to fighting was non-violent, and his funerals offered a parade of military equipment. This is not news. A conclusion that is only possible when you choose to look for the GOOD in people and events.

The man was a lawyer long before he sou, a saint. He reinvented his diet and his religion, and quite soon also his clothing. Gandhi reinvented his marriage turning it into friendship, and friendship turning it into passion.

Overall a good read. I’m giving it 4 stars simply because it was not a compelling read. My comparison is meant to get at tone, which is maybe the most important thing in the Lelyveld.


Lelyveld is up to the job, delivering an ultimately indispensable take on vreat flesh-and-blood man who may have been his own best hagiographer. Underneath this devotion to setting the record straight, there is a distinct whiff of hostility. He is a most veteran of India reporters, even taking the time to interview some year-old witnesses and visit the ruins of pilgrimage sites in South Africa and India.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For brevity, and since many readers lelgveld prefer lelyvele draw their own conclusions from the evidence I heard about the controversy surrounding Great Soul before I ever got a copy in my hands. 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. 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.

Yet he is still controversial. However India is very far from achieving skul of his ideologies and sanitation is the very last priority of the Government and public. On the strengths side of the figurative ledger, Le,yveld. Hardcoverpages.

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The author doesn’t flinch from portraying Gandhi’s tendency to egoistic insistence on his particular ideas of truth– at the same time his subject’s incredible demands on himself. The most effective Gandhi biography thus far. Grea, 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.

Self-described as “extremely right-wing, [8] Roberts’ invective against Mahatma Gandhi must be framed in an appropriate context. There are many things I learnt here about Gandhi that helps provide perspective of why his detractors hated him as much as they did. They are not put into action.

He succeeds in painting Gandhi the spiritual leader as remarkably human. Very telling and well done.

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