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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See all books by Joseph Lelyveld. But the reading of history should be complicated, too. And then public statements asking pelyveld Jews to go peacefully to their deaths, and hope the sheer remorse will overcome the Nazis. However India is very far from achieving any of his ideologies soup sanitation is the very last priority of the Government and public.

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

Ranjit Hoskote, a writer and general secretary of Pen India, which fights for free expression, condemned the ban and said the local media had misconstrued both Lelyveld’s intentions and the nature of Gandhi’s relationship with Kallenbach. Joxeph would have been terrible for him. And josseph this way, the author brought Gandhi to me in a more accessible and impactful way than most other biographies of him that I have read.

Ghandi was the founder of the anti-apartheid movement and is still revered there. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Now that I have read the entire book and know more about Gandhi, I remain impressed with him. Another important contribution of the book is the systematic uncovering of the link between Gandhi’s evolution in his private life and his ability to make a dent in public life. However, it is Gandhi who lives among the untouchables and travels from village to villages, fasts for abolition of untouchability, opening of temples.


It was only after I exposed this passage that Roberts finally said: His main goals in life were to end the caste system in India, end British rule in India and South Africa, and for people everywhere to be accepting of others, regardless of their own belief system.

For those who think Gandi is the only real hero of India will struggle with this book as will those who think that Gandi’s actions had little to do with India’s independence.

This is not news. What intrigues me most about Gandhi and Malcolm both is how they understood their political and religious programs of national liberation as a coherent whole.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Lelyveld does a good job of humanizing Gandhi instead of the mindless hero-worship of many other biographies.

Nov 07, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: I have not read any other books of Joseph Jodeph and this is going to be my last book by this author.

Gandhi was a mixture of a saint and politician, and as this book points out he was probably a better saint than politician. Clearly the author both respects and has deep appreciation for his subject and this is one of the book’s greatest stengths as well as one of its greatest weaknesses. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There are scant details on it, even though they were possibly the two biggest movements in colonial India. Most non fiction books and some fiction I never read till the end.


Gandhi experimented with his personal choices way before experimenting with South Africa and then with India. He recognizes the connections Gandhi drew between the national life and that of prayer and celibacy, but at just those moments of connection he finds Gandhi most opaque. Nobody, which ever side This is a very good read. Sudhir Kakar, a psychoanalyst who has written about Gandhi’s sexuality and reviewed some of his correspondence with Kallenbach, said he did not believe the two men were lovers.

Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India

He fought for lslyveld sanitation habits, and even his most loyal followers felt imbarassed for him and 55 million people still do not have access to sanitation facilities in India today.

That Gandhi’s whole mission was to inspire everyone to live in a way that lifts others up, as opposed to beating them down. He exerted on India the same tyrannical will he applied to his family, friends and followers, endearing it and then blackmailing it with his fasts.

Lelyveld’s book, he writes, will be revelatory to American readers who may only be familiar with the rudiments of Gandhi’s lelyevld and for those readers, perhaps especially Indian readers, who are better acquainted with the Gandhi story the book’s portrait of the man josehp still be challenging.