GREAT SOUL

GREAT SOUL (English, Hardcover, Lelyveld, Joseph)

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GREAT SOUL  (English, Hardcover, Lelyveld, Joseph)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Harpercollins India Publishers Ltd.
    • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
    • ISBN: 9789350290583, 9350290588
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    A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments-his success in seizing India's imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass movement, his recognition late in life that few of his followers paid more than lip service to his ambitious goals of social justice for the country's minorities, outcasts, and rural poor. Pulitzer Prize-winner Joseph Lelyveld shows in vivid, unmatched detail how Gandhi's sense of mission, social values, and philosophy of nonviolent resistance were shaped on another subcontinent-during two decades in South Africa-and then tested by an India that quickly learned to revere him as a Mahatma, or "Great Soul," while following him only a small part of the way to the social transformation he envisioned. The man himself emerges as one of history's most remarkable self-creations, a prosperous lawyer who became an ascetic in a loincloth wholly dedicated to political and social action. Lelyveld leads us step-by-step through the heroic-and tragic-last months of this selfless leader's long campaign when his nonviolent efforts culminated in the partition of India, the creation of Pakistan, and a bloodbath of ethnic cleansing that ended only with his own assassination. India and its politicians were ready to place Gandhi on a pedestal as "Father of the Nation" but were less inclined to embrace his teachings. 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. Here is a vital, brilliant reconsideration of Gandhi's extraordinary struggles on two continents, of his fierce but, finally, unfulfilled hopes, and of his ever-evolving legacy, which more than six decades after his death still ensures his place as India's social conscience-and not just India's.
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    Masterpiece.

    In perhaps human history, there hasn't been a more polarizing political figure than that of Gandhi. Revered by millions, understood by a few, interpreted by most and criticised by many.

    If you are looking for an unadulterated perspective of Gandhi's life, of his many faults, a great many mishaps and his Richelieu-esque political mastery, this is the magnum opus of the "Bapu" centric literature. The Indian writings on Gandhi always have leaned towards a myopic approach, stirring away from con...
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    Raj Anand

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    Great Book on the Greatest Soul.

    An excellent book which provides facts until unknown to many of a very known man. The controversy has made the book more popular.

    Great writing style. Excellent coinage of words. I have read this book in a single sitting and though perplexed in some areas I would recommend this to all. Though at first seem objectionable, the author and his extensive research dwells into the details that, as Indians, we are afraid to look into.

    I would recommend this book along with 'My Experiments with Trut...
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    Jayakumari S

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    Very moving!

    Joseph Lelyveld foremost is very readable. What also stands out is a painstakingly constructed of Gandhiji's South Africa stay and how it is a prologue to his engagement with our own freedom struggle. Again, this is not a hagiography and parts of it can offend real and pretentious claimant's to his legacy.
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