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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My summary for a 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 “flawed” 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.

Ghandi was the founder of the anti-apartheid movement and is still revered there. A state in western India has banned Pulitzer-prize-winning Joseph Lelyveld’s new book about Mahatma Gandhi after reviews said it hints that the father of India’s independence had a homosexual relationship.

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 joseoh. He is walking bare foot all the way and people have thrown shit all over the josph to block him.

Great Soul Quotes by Joseph Lelyveld

However, he adds that Gandhi in took a vow of celibacy, which both Gandhi and the people of India saw as a cornerstone of his moral authority. Also by Joseph Lelyveld. Views Read Edit View history. Preview — Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld. Politically it’s hard to tell if his actions made the ultimate independence and partition of India more difficult, or if he ameliorated the horrendous struggles.


I have no doubt that the motivation for this is positive in nature – out of love and respect – but it is both distracting and disappointing when it occurs which is not quite frequently, per se, but nonetheless too jjoseph. Gujarat’s state assembly voted unanimously on Wednesday to ban Great Soul: This book is a brilliant and glittering match, brimming with—well, soul.

In fact, they have largely rejected his name for them – Harijans, or “Children of God. Lelyveld covers Gandhi’s life in rich detail and, in the relaying of the facts of his life, does so faithfully. In my opinion, that falls way lelyvekd of the mark.

This illustrates the fundamental differences between the British and German empires — the British Empire only committed genocide when it benefitted their policies — the Nazi empire, genocide was open policy and law.

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

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Again, it’s only when he engages in occasional speculation – usually to soften the Mahatma’s rough edges, contradictions, etc. Lelyveld has restored human depth to the Mahatma. What I value about the author’s comprehensive treatment of his subject is that he is willing koseph share the ‘real’ Gandhi in all of his complexity and contradications. Gandhi, even riddled with his foibles and failures, inspires awe.

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

Mar 15, Perry Krasow rated it really liked it Shelves: Perhaps one of the most troubling chapters of his experiments with asceticism is his idea on lust. Oct 17, Susan rated it liked it. Gandhi felt his political power really came from his celibacy, from his spiritual power.


Nov 23, Bob rated it really liked it Shelves: In fact this happens occasionally but to such an extent that the author appears to attempt to excuse or whitewash some of the more human aspects of the Mahatma’s character.

From the Hardcover edition. Indeed, a great soul.

Great Soul tears open more than a few historical wounds and will no doubt cause history departments and devoted followers and nationalists to erupt with rage for years.

How are we to properly balance the roles of caste and religion?

Nov 26, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: The mantelpiece is opposite to the bed… [The purpose of jodeph is to show to you and me how completely you have taken possession of my body. It is difficult to follow Lelyveld’s discussions of India’s vastly complicated Hindu caste system, but this subject seems to be a challenge for any writer.

Aug 28, Walter rated it really liked it. This book was a chore to complete. Most of us know of Lelyveeld the crusader, this book enlightened the reader on Gandhi the man and he was not without his ideosyncracies sp? However, several reviews of Great Soul detailed its sections on Gandhi’s relationship with Kallenbach.

Sep 14, Oscar rated it it was amazing. Jan 11, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: