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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Where Lelyveld shines again is in outlining the conflict between Gandhi and Ambedkar.

It is perhaps some relief to the aspiring ascetic that Gandhi himself had difficulty following them. And it deserves to be read! He also quotes passages from Gandhi’s letters to Kallenbach included in the text, such as “how completely you have taken possession of my body.

Trivia About Great Soul: May 17, Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lelyveld covers Gandhi’s life in rich detail and, in the relaying of the facts of his life, does so faithfully.

Books by Joseph Lelyveld. Self-described as “extremely right-wing, [8] Roberts’ invective against Mahatma Gandhi must be framed in an appropriate context. The point, for Niebuhr as well, is not to tear Gandhi down but to see him in a realistic light. May 14, Carol rated it liked it.

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In his struggle with India, Gandhi failed – triumphantly. Return to Book Page. More things to learn! But, as Lelyveld observes, he demanded not reverence, but action.


In fact, they have largely rejected his name for them – Harijans, or “Children of God. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. I kept alternately reading and listening to the book, hoping there would be some kind of messag This book was a chore to complete.

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The Hilo Public Library has rgeat bin up front with a monthly feature, and I always check it out for unexpected treasures. However, I was reminded that one’s sexuality really has nothing to do with one’s mission in life.

How a man who gave so much of himself to the welfare of society could be condemned for an intimate relationship with another man is a conundrum. Jun 30, Kushal Srivastava rated it really liked it Shelves: He talks about Gandhi’s triumphs as well as his not so stellar human moments. Though it made a very dry reading I had never realised how essential that 20 years was in making Gandhi.

Overall, Lelyveld does a fine job and presents a fresh historical view, not shying away from Gandhi’s own admitted short comings and periods of self doubt. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Gandhi, who has taught sanitation all his life, seeing this coolly picks up dry leaves and scoops the feaces out of the path.

In his final decade of life he demands and receives permission from jospeh father of his 14 year old female niece that she not only sleep by his side and massage him daily and act otherwise as his personal maid, but also that they remove all clothing and “cuddle” daily All these things make him the rare person.


Again, it’s only when he engages in occasional speculation – usually to soften the Mahatma’s rough edges, contradictions, etc. He said Gandhi’s correspondence with Kallenbach has been available in library ellyveld for decades. 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.

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

Front cover of the first American edition. Retrieved 26 December 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. The author is no skeptic or amateur – or rabblerouser saying Gandhi is a racist bisexual pervert who did no good. He believed that politics and religion should always remain separate.

lelyeld The general outline wasn’t new–his activism for Indians in South Africa, his return to India determined to develop his iodeas of simple ascetic living and achieving the end of untouchability.