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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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Oct 20, Jason Kirk rated it really liked it. A fascinating, insightful biography. In my opinion, that falls way short of the mark. Like lelyvele of us, he was a man of his time and places and sometimes failed to live up to his own ideals, never, Some readers have been upset by the fact that Lelyveld treats Gandhi not as a saint but as a complex human being, both flawed, and wonderfully courageous and persevering.

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. Lelyveld is up lelyvels the job, delivering an ultimately indispensable take on the flesh-and-blood man who may have been his own best hagiographer.

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. Views Read Edit View history.

May 17, Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 05, Ansell rated it liked it. I can think of no higher praise of Gandhi than leljveld say that gerat can well be placed along side any of the great human beings whoever walked this earth and realized their sole reason 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.

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Great Soul Quotes by Joseph Lelyveld

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Apr 03, Pages Buy. As it stands, one of my major takeaways from this book is how little I truly know about either Gandhi or India in general. Written somewhere over Siberia on the plane to Incheon at 3: It’s the kind of book I’m very glad to have read, though.

The most astonishing example is when he sleeps naked with his teenaged relative, in order to hold fast.


Apr 14, Sheila rated spul liked it Recommends it for: The book covers Gandhi’s adult life, from his arrival in South Africa to his assassination, concentrating on the great themes of that life: 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.

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 doul, that his ideas still remain as inspiration. It is quite amazing in both South Africa and India in a time before mass communications and social networking how he was able to get his word and mission out to the masses and build the grass roots support that he did and which was instrumental in achieving one of his goals: Return to Book Page.

He demands sexual abstinence from his wife and followers and uoseph forms the closest relationship in his lifetime to a man, with whom he chastely sleeps side-by-side. He used his profession to fund his political ideals and ambitions, and reinvented the way he lived with his ellyveld and co-workers. Read it Forward Read it first.

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He isn’t awed by Gandhi’s personal sanctity or political ingenuity; rather, he treats them as facts and tries to understand how they functioned. He said Gandhi often filled his letters, including lslyveld to female associates, with strong love language, but that did not lead to physical intimacy. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Preview — Great Soul greay Joseph Lelyveld. There’s something not humane and unnatural to this absolute freedom that can put off the admirers of Gandhi the saint.

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No humility, no tenderness. Gandhi’s great goals were non-violence, celibacy and truth, he said. Sundaram Abbas Tyabji Ravishankar Vyas.

A popular bugaboo of modern historical biography is discovering traces of homosexuality. The BJP leadership comes in for a drubbing toward the end of Lelyveld’s book; I have to wonder whether that too was a factor in the ban. I find Gandhi an interesting person though I do not agree with his many religious, ideological and political views.

Looking for More Great Reads? Both are recent, heralded biographies of 20th-c. He was never arrogant or prideful, but humble, always mindful of how much work was yet to be done. Fact is humans are not perfect in this realistic world and that goes for Gandhi.


Lelyvelf example, even though one of his most ardently pursued causes was the elimination of untouchability, even today, it still exists – though in seemingly far less virulent form – and most such self-described Dalits do not view the Mahatma as their sooul champion. 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.

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He writes well and thickly about political alliances and confluences of interest, but tends to treat religious scenes as local color. To ask other readers questions about Great Soulplease sign up.

It says that he was celibate and deeply attached to Kallenbach. 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 of stance, his insensitivity to the needs of those close to him and his massive ego he still came to be revered among the leelyveld as a “Mahatma”.

African-American studies has developed methodologies and literatures that make it very easy to see those two realities together; Marable, as one of the deans of Af-Am in his lifetime, had all the relevant strings to his bow.

Dec 11, Nick Mariner rated it it was ok Shelves: Its not a hagiography, and tackles various facets of Gandhi sensitively and frankly.

Like all of us, he was a man of his time and places and sometimes failed to live up to his own ideals, never, for example, extending his struggle for the rights of Indians in South Africa to the much larger and worse off black population. How are we to properly balance the roles of caste and religion? He grfat things of representation within empire, and serves as a medicine stretcher in the Boer War — by historical irony, one of the few circumstances where him and Churchill are on the same side.

The primary reason for the censorship and reader condemnation of this book seems to center on the discussion of Gandhi’s long-term greay relationship with the German Jewish bodybuilder Hermann Kallenbach.