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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Indian state bans Gandhi book after reviews hint at gay relationship

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, lelyvelr his struggle for the rights of Indians in South Africa to the much larger and worse off black population. Lelyveld’s study helps us understand this complicated, conflicted yet truly great figure of history.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. He used his profession to fund his political ideals and ambitions, and reinvented the way he lived with his followers and co-workers.

Gandhi was not an easy bj to understand, his value is system is more or less rigid but his ideas and goals keep on changing, at times he seems overtly religious, but unlike Hindus he souk goes to temples though he always refers to his struggle and thought process as religious.

The dietary and sexual restrictions are part of a larger goal — improved discipline and sanitation. Like all 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. Perhaps she thought the author set out to discredit Gandhi.

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Also describes some of the acts and ideas espoused by Gandhi that were just plain bizarre Gandhi’s treatment of his own family, highly unusual views on celbacy, and strange fascination with human excrement.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Want to Read saving…. He first 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. 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 josepj the nature of Gandhi’s relationship with Kallenbach.

Yes, he contradicted himself over and over and over again. I find Gandhi an interesting person though I do not agree with his many religious, ideological and political views.

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And never gave up experimenting, until his much awaited by him assassination. The books are not otherwise comparable: I’m out of renewals and I have to return this to the library. There’s something not humane and unnatural to this absolute freedom that can put off the admirers of Gandhi the saint. Simply put, the Mahatma had good days and bad days, too, so we can take comfort in his example and worry less about our failings and focus more on our gifts as he did.

Retrieved 26 December — via www. His intent was to curb all thought, and all bodily manifestations of lust, and pushing himself to even further ends. I couldn’t help but also feel a bit of anger. This book is a brilliant and glittering match, brimming with—well, soul.

One of these items ships sooner than the other. It does not provide a grand reconstruction of the historical backdrop – and for this reason it can prove a hard read from time to time. Write a customer review. The mantelpiece is opposite to the bed… [The purpose of which] is to show to you and me how completely you have taken possession of my body.

The furore was sparked by local media reports, based on early reviews in the US and UK, josseph of which emphasised passages in the book that suggested Gandhi had an intimate relationship with a German man named Hermann Kallenbach.

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

Nevertheless it is a great way to get to know a man whose name is known to billions but whose life is not. 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. The compact milieu of Indians of different religions and castes in SA probably showed to Gandhi how divided Indians are.

May 14, Carol rated it liked it. Retrieved 17 March This is a masterfully comprehensive and somewhat flawed work that is a worthy read, especially for those seeking to learn about the life of the Mahatma in great detail.

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