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An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth Paperback – 6 Sep 2001
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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.
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.
(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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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.
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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I thought that it was an interesting read to a certain extent but it was not what I was expecting. I thought that it would be more about his philosophy and how he became the way... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Mr. G. UNIT
The book arrived before the final due date and was in perfect condition. A splendid autobiography. I highly recommend it!Published 2 months ago by John Armstrong
Only read a dozen pages so far, but appears well written and researched. I look forward to reading the rest about a unique, inspirational activist of modern times.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
harrowing account that isn't full of unnecessary detail.Published 7 months ago by Goddess of Blah Book Reviews
Not quite what I expected. A lot of info which has given me lots to think about. My opinion of Gandhi kept changing as I went from chapter to chapter. Read morePublished 8 months ago by anna
The quality of paper was not very good, but content is very goodPublished 10 months ago by S.A. KEMIKI
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