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 83 reviews. Reading Joseph Lelyveld’s sensitive and informative biography of the life of Mahatma Gandhi is enriching in many. 30 Mar Politicians have called for Lelyveld’s book to be banned nationwide. banned Pulitzer-prize-winning Joseph Lelyveld’s new book about Mahatma “I do not allege that Gandhi is a racist or bisexual in Great Soul,” he told the.

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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. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. He isn’t awed by Gandhi’s personal sanctity or political ingenuity; rather, he treats them as greaat and tries to understand how they functioned.

Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India by Joseph Lelyveld

Yes, he was a poor negotiator. I don’t suspect that most of us would be willing to hold ourselves to such virtually impossible standards – even Gandhi often couldn’t meet his own lofty ideals – but we can draw inspiration and strength from his indefatigability.

Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon. Lelyveld has restored human depth to the Mahatma.

That type of scrutiny is somewhat unusual for Gandhi, whose biographers tend to be enthusiastic in the extreme. This is all that a good biography should be. Gandhi, even riddled with his foibles and failures, inspires awe. Lelyveld’s Gandhi was capable of effecting communal transformation, but didn’t do so predictably or consistently, because of the limitations of Gandhi’s human frailty and of any human politics.


I find Gandhi an interesting person though I do not agree with his many religious, ideological and political views. They are not put into action. For those who think Gandi is the only real hero of India will struggle josrph this book as will those who think that Gandi’s actions had little to do with India’s independence.

Where Lelyveld shines again is in outlining the conflict between Gandhi and Ambedkar. Why in spite of his failures he is in essence conscious keeper of Indians in particular and Humanity in general.

This is a conscious decision to put away a work that has proven disappointing. I find Gandhi an interesting person though I do not agree wi. The author doesn’t flinch from portraying Gandhi’s tendency to egoistic insistence lelyveod his particular ideas of truth– at the same time his subject’s incredible demands on himself. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways ths order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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Thf with related products. 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 much, much more. India is still divided in many ways. At the very end of the last chapter, jlseph 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.


The Life and Legacy of the Father of India. Sometimes it was hard to follow the chronology of events as the author would bounce from the current topic to the past or make a reference to the sohl, or take rabbit trails with lots of detail on secondary characters in Gandhi’s life. Lelyveld’s study helps us understand this complicated, conflicted yet truly great figure of history. Lelyveld has stated that the gay interpretation of his work is a mistake.

The Mumbai Mirror on Tuesday ran a front-page story under the headline: His section about Gandhi in South Africa is incomparable, because you see the growth of the man, from a highly-intelligent but ordinary, anglified lawyer, to an eccentric philosopher, faddist and sometime politician. The writing is rather cumbersome, but the book is well worth reading.

Great Soul

Maybe if I finished this I would have a more rounded attitude, but lelyeld this point it’s kind of a downer for someone who liberally quoted Gandhi in her college papers. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

And Gandhi’s trajectory once he returned to India solu not a smooth one either. However, I was reminded that one’s sexuality really has nothing to do with one’s mission in life.

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