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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (6 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141186860
  • ISBN-13: 978-8172292942
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Here is an autobiography more captivating than fiction and more stimulating than romantic adventure. It is the most revealing study of the human soul that I have ever read.
The Christian Century
An absorbing book that stands alone in frankness and plain honesty...Its place among the classics of autobiography cannot be in doubt.
The New Statesman
An amazingly frank self-revelation of the greatest and humblest modern man.
The Annals
It is...only by reading the whole long and detailed day-by-day record that readers can sense the magic of Gandhi s being and discover him fully.
Saturday Review
(Gandhi s) autobiography remains invaluable for its account of the shaping of a new path to collective resistance to injustice.
From the foreword by Sissela Bok" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mohandas K Gandhi was born in 1869 to Hindu parents. He studied law in London and was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1891. He worked to improve the rights of immigrant Indians in South Africa, returning to India in 1915 to take up the struggle for independence from Britain. Gandhi never wavered in his belief in non-violent protest and Independence, in 1947, was not a military victory but a triumph of human will. In January 1948 Gandhi assassinated as he walked to take evening prayers.


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This book will be an inspiration for anyone, who themselves strive to integrate ideals such as contentment, sacrifice and love for all beings in their dayly life. Gandhi faced many hardships in his life, but his constant return to ethics, when confronted by problems gives inspiration and hope for those of us struggling to deal ethically with our (comparatively) lesser problems. By reading Gandhis humble account of his life, you will be inspired to take a more patient, tolerant and forgiving approach to your fellow beings. That alone should be sufficient reason to buy this book.
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In his own words, Gandhi takes us through some of the experiences in his life, with each chapter forming at least one important learning lesson to him. All experiences, whether good or bad, had a positive learning lesson on him and contributed to his goal of seeking truth.
One of his main beliefs was using non-violence as a means of protesting against acts of oppression and using international law to seek justice. This meant he never raised his fists or lowered himself to barbarism however much he was provoked, violated or attacked. In fact this seems to be the opposite attitude demonstrated by all terrorists and most countries (West, Middle East and East) where the belief is that violence and war works. It never has and never will. As Gandhi says "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind".
As we now enter the third of the world wars, where the weapons are horrific and the consequences unimaginable, Gandhi's words have never been more important. All politicians and world leaders should read this book. In fact everyone should read this book.
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This is a fantastic book. Like most everyone I knew the basic facts of the great man, mostly based I guess on the Ben Kingsley film.

This book is autobiographical articles that MK Gandhi wrote in the 1920s to be published as installments in newspaper publications. The beauty of that for me was the fact that although the book is quite long it was broken into 170 chapters of a few pages each. This also allowed time for reflection.

It is the story of his personal walk from childhood and married at 13, through studies in the UK, difficulties as he started work in India and his movement to South Africa to find work, his time in South Africa and his return to India and his early years back in India. It misses most of the famous things about his life and focuses more on his personal and spiritual search for Truth. I liked that it that way.

It gave a very different perspective on his life. Although some parts were hard to understand without a more detailed knowledge of his life, India and Hindu religious belief I did not find that detracted very much at all from my enjoyment or reflection on this book.

It also shows his struggles as he is trying to perfect his search for Truth/God and where he feels disappointed with his efforts. There is a lot of information on his experiments with dietetics.

Gave me a very different view on some cores of his belief in Hinduism, without being a treatise for any particular religion.

It probably wasn't easy being his wife!
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When I was young I was told in my school and syllabi books that Gandhi was the ringleader of "Hindu toola" who were creating Hindu-Muslim hatred before 1947 (I am talking about schools in Pakistan).Eventhough my ideas regarding Gandhi changed by the time I entered Uni,my instinct to explore the true nature of our pre-independence leaders is still there.This book no doubt has been my favourite since the day it was published and anyone who has misconception of any types should read this .
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This book is a must read, not only for understanding one of the greatest men ever but also for finding answers to the many dilemmas and predicaments that cloud human mind and soul. The tone of the book is so simple and honest that it's almost like having a conversation with the man himself. A journey so extraordinary and the experiments with 'truth' so outstanding and consequential that it leaves one dumb found and mesmerized. From South Africa to India, from lies and deception to punctiliousness, from dietary fads to intricacies of man-woman relationship, from cooperation to civil disobedience, from obedience to inquiry, from means to end, from immediate family to the nation, from ordinary to the extraordinary - the theme of the book is 'evolution' of man and his ideas. As the 'Bhagvad Gita', Tolstoy's 'Kingdom of God is Within You' and Ruskin's 'Unto this Last' influenced Gandhi's nascent mind, 'My Experiments with Truth' is a work of similar significance and power.
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Gandhi changed the way the world thinks. His life and message for the world has influenced MLK's fight for civil rights in the USA. Gandhi revolutionized the fight for freedom. All revolutionary wars before India's independence were fought by using brute force. Gandhi used Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" as the basis for India's fight for freedom from over 200 years of British rule. In Gandhi's own words, the reader is given a truthful account of the man who gave his life so that the posterity of Indians could enjoy what his own ancestors had not. Gandhi's fervent devotion to truth can be seen in his description of many details that one would find embarassing and awkward, but Gandhi does not leave out any minor detail. His honesty and philosophy is one capable of moving the citizen, whether he be an Indian, American, or of any other country.
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