In 1999, this book was designated as one of the "100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century" by HarperCollins Publishers.
A holy man to Hindus, a hero to Muslims, and a criminal to the British, Mohandas K. Gandhi was an inspiring figure of the 20th century, a man whose quest to live in accord with God’s highest truth led him to initiate massive campaigns against racism, violence, and colonialism.
From his youthful rebellion against vegetarianism, to his successful law practice in South Africa, his struggle with his own sexual excesses, and his leadership of the movement to free India from British rule, Gandhi describes the story of his life as a series of spiritual “experiments” and explains how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and inspired countless other nonviolent struggles.
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This was a bit of a strange book. I was expecting something more poignant around the life changing events in Gandhi's life. Instead this book revolves around Gandhi's belief in Brahmacharya (celibacy) and vegetarianism. There is some information on his early career and his education as a barrister but beyond that it is a very long book with a lot of white space.
This is the autobiography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, covering his life from early childhood through to 1920. It was ooriginally written in weekly installments and published in his journal Navjivan from 1925 to 1929 because of this the narrative is not a continuous story but is instead a collection memories in a rough timeline. With that said it is an incredible look into the growth and development of a pivotal, historical figure. I had to smile as he was far from perfect even at his best and that made me feel better about my own development and for someone famous for great compromises he was very certain that he was right in his beliefs and that others ought to capitulate to his superior sensibilities out of plain common sense. i highly recommend this novel and the narration is superb.
I simply cannot stop listening to that. I did not know beforehand Gandhi has written its autobiography. The story told this way (directly by
I got suprised with many details he tells about his story and youth.
He interpretates Gandhi thougths, fears and doubts very well. He is very good at it.
I have not finishet it yet, and have listen to ~4 hours. I am always thinking about what will come next! Very intersting!
Very, very long and boring audio. I did not finish it. It assumes you know the political events and personalities of the day in South Africa, England & India. To much detail of areas that did not seem worth mentioning at all. On the positive side it gave detailed insights into his thought process. It showed things like his lack of confidence when young and his characteristic of sticking to his principles no matter the cost for himself and those he was responsible for. To give an example when his son was deathly sick and the doctors said to give him meat he decided against that in order to stick with his beliefs.
I have nothing personally against Gandhi. I unfortunately purchased this book thinking it would focus more on the political events of his life but instead was centered more around his experiments with celibacy and eating nothing but fruits to name a few topics that are covered.
I still have great respect for the Ghandi's accomplishments but I'm just not interested in his philosophical reference, more the actual events that occurred because of him.
I am sure this may fit many readers styles, but this was so boring I just couldn't even finish it. PURE punishment. First book I gave up on. Too many silly details and useless adjuncts. He has a deep mind and this book reflects it. Poor editing. Maybe it picks up somewhere, but I didn't make it that far. Good Luck.
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